After Tech Mogul John McAfee Dies in Jail, His Old Tweets Claiming He’d Never Commit Suicide Go Viral
The troubled software inventor was found dead in his Spanish jail cell after a court declared he could be extradited to face tax evasion charges in the U.S.
Even in death, antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has proven that trolling is eternal. McAfee was found dead from an apparent suicide on June 23, 2021, in a jail cell in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Spain. This was shortly after a panel of judges approved his extradition to the United States to face outstanding charges in Tennessee related to firearms possession and DUI. He was also likely to face a charges of federal tax evasion. He was 75.
McAfee, whatever his cause of death, laid the groundwork in his Twitter feed some time back for muddying the circumstances surrounding it, heavily implying that there was no way his passing would be his own handiwork. In fact, McAfee clearly wanted to ensure that the cause of his death was always in doubt because he tied the idea to the apparent suicide of disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: "We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself". I got a tattoo today just in case. If I suicide myself, I didn't. I was whackd. Check my right arm.$WHACKD available only on https://t.co/HdSEYi9krq🙂 pic.twitter.com/rJ0Vi2Hpjj
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) November 30, 2019
I am content in here. I have friends.
The food is good. All is well.
Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 15, 2020
In 1987 McAfee developed the first-ever commercial anti-virus software and founded McAfee Associates. Seven years later he was a multimillionaire. He resigned and sold his stake in the company.
While McAfee continued for years to keep a hand in software development, over time he grew much more famous — or infamous — for alleged lawbreaking and general craziness. Not just financial crimes like hiding profits from the IRS but in 2012 he was even accused of killing his neighbor in Belize, Gregory Faull. By the time he ended up incarcerated in Spain (October 2020), McAfee was far more well-known for what could be at best termed his eccentricities.
The tech guru likely knew his tweets would one day stir (classic trolling dating back to the earliest online forums) reactions from many corners, and he was right. A sampling below from skeptics and non-skeptics alike:
Rumour confirmed. McAfee Q pic has a cryptographic KEY embedded in the image file. I was able to view this in Photoshop.
And Epstein didn't kill himself.
Instructions: FBMD23000965010000290400004b0400009d0400007a0c0000f90d0000af1000005e1200000414000068170000 pic.twitter.com/vCep3o5Bwz
— Red (@WhitePi11ed) June 23, 2021
After reports of John McAfee's death, his social media team just posted a "Q" to his Instagram account.
McAfee has alleged a ton of global conspiracies against him in the past, and done plenty of media stunts.
It was announced today he would be extradited back to the U.S. pic.twitter.com/oUBZiFPRZa
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) June 23, 2021
>John McAfee saying he would never suicide himself
> Confirming he has dead man switch
>Weird Q Instagram post after death announced
Shits about to get weird. pic.twitter.com/u47iCmvVhn
— le grek (@le_grek_) June 23, 2021
John McAfee's final Instagram post – a giant Q. The post went up around 1:15PST, meaning he was likely already dead. But he or someone on his team knew exactly what to do to achieve maximum shitposting effect. pic.twitter.com/dW2rXXI673
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) June 23, 2021
The message from John McAfee is the Q itself. What people are seeing is this: Facebook metadata attached to every photo. It was posted to his Instagram, owned by Facebook. Its an internal copyrighting tool used to track photo usage.Also, John McAfee did not commit suicide. pic.twitter.com/JyL89vPwbP
— RCUBED2 (@RCUBED21) June 24, 2021
— Travis View (@travis_view) June 23, 2021
If you’re not up on all the conspiracies about the apparent jail suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, Vox has more:
Some of these theories are more credible than others; there is some evidence, for instance, that Epstein intended to blackmail his associates. But overall, the circumstances of Epstein’s life and career are essentially tailor-made to produce conspiracy theories.
There is his wealth — he had multiple mansions and private jets, but no one knows how exactly he made his money. There were his powerful friends, some of whom — including Bill Clinton and Donald Trump — have also been accused of sexual misconduct. Then there was the fact that he was able to avoid prosecution for years, under circumstances that remain mysterious.
It’s rational to look at the deaths of wealthy and — at least at one time — connected men like McAfee and Epstein and wonder if something hinky was afoot. Both likely knew about some seriously bad skeletons hiding in the closets of other famous folks, including some ex-presidents.
It’s also just as rational to acknowledge that someone who has finally realized all their money might not save them from prison might just elect to handle business their own way. According to CNN, a statement from Spanish authorities said, “‘everything indicates’ that McAfee could have died by suicide.”
McAfee’s apparent post-mortem publishing of a “Q” on Instagram was intended to rile Q Anon believers, whom Salon once concisely explained believe “that there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything.”
McAfee, who even while facing major legal troubles could not resist pulling all kinds of publicity stunts, knew what he was doing. Trolling to the very end and beyond.