Eccentric antivirus software company founder John McAfee and his wife already said he might die from suicidal attempts in prison because the U.S. government orchestrated it to be.
On Wednesday, June 23, McAfee was found dead by hanging in his prison cell in Barcelona, Spain, just hours after Spain’s National Court accepted his extradition to the United States.
He was charged with tax evasion, unclear income information from cryptocurrency trading and speaking engagements, and the sale of his story for an upcoming documentary between 2014–2018. In March, a federal court sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for allegedly concealing cryptocurrency income of more than $23 million.
In a Tweet from Oct. 2020, McAfee said the charges were an indirect move from the U.S. government to target his alleged corruption by multiple federal agencies.
“I am charged with tax fraud but my only crime is refusing to file returns—a misdemeanor. Fraud is lying on your tax returns,” said the Tweet. “How could I have lied if I have said nothing? I speak out against corruption in the FBI, the CIA and most other government agencies.”
“That is my only real crime,” he noted.
The Justice Department of the Catalonia region in Spain, of which Barcelona is the capital, claimed that his death could have been driven out of despair. However, McAfee and his wife had already precluded such a conclusion on social media beforehand.
Last Sunday, June 20, his wife Janice McAfee released a statement that said the U.S. federal government would have her husband “die in prison” to set him as an example for daring to speak out “against corruption within their government agencies.”
“There is no hope for him ever having a fair trial in America because there is no longer any justice in America,” she said, three days ahead of his death.
The former CEO of McAfee Antivirus software foresaw his death and the form it would take in an Oct. 15 Tweet last year.
Saying that he enjoyed his prison life in Barcelona, assuring that the only reason he would die by hanging himself would be “no fault of mine.”
“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well,” he wrote, “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”
Epstein, a billionaire, was a convicted sex offender who died by suicide in his cell two years ago. The cause of his death was rumored to be something other than the official conclusion.
It was not the first time McAfee talked about his possible death. In a 2019 tweet, he posted a picture of his tattoo, which read “$whackd,” saying that this would stand for the truth that he was killed in disguise of a suicide.
“Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials, in effect: “We’re coming for you, McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself,” he wrote. “I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn’t. I was $whackd. Check my right arm.”
Talking with Reuters, McAfee’s lawyer Javier Villalba affirmed that his client showed no sign of wanting to end his life.
“I had constant telephone contacts with him,” Villalba said. “At no point had he shown any special worry or clue that could let us think this could have happened.”