‘He was NOT suicidal’: John McAfee’s wife insists he did not kill himself and says he told her ‘I love you, I’ll call you this evening’ hours before he was found dead as she visits Spanish prison to collect his belongings
- The widow of software mogul John McAfee blamed U.S. authorities on Friday for his death in a Spanish prison where he was awaiting extradition to the U.S.
- Janice McAfee said her husband was not suicidal and wants a thorough investigation into the circumstances of his death
- McAfee was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona on Wednesday in what the authorities said was an apparent suicide
- ‘His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening’, those words are not words of someone who is suicidal,’ she told reporters
The widow of John McAfee, the British-American tycoon who died in a Spanish prison this week while awaiting extradition to the United States, said on Friday that her husband was not suicidal when she last spoke to him hours before he was found dead.
‘His last words to me were, ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,” Janice McAfee told reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary north-west of Barcelona where she recovered her late husband’s belongings.
‘Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,’ she added in her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday.
The widow of John McAfee, Janice, pictured, said Friday that her husband was not suicidal when she last spoke to him hours before he was found dead
‘His last words to me were ‘I love you and I will call you in the evening,’ Janice McAfee told reporters outside the Brians 2 penitentiary northwest of Barcelona where she recovered her late husband’s belongings
‘Those words are not words of somebody who is suicidal,’ Janice McAfee said, while demanding a ‘thorough investigation’ in her first public remarks since the software entrepreneur’s death on Wednesday
John McAfee is pictured together with his Janice Dyson
Authorities in Spain are conducting a post-mortem examination on McAfee’s body but have indicated that everything at the scene indicated that the 75-year-old killed himself.
John McAfee was arrested at Barcelona airport in October last year on a warrant issued by prosecutors in Tennessee for allegedly evading more than four million US dollars in taxes.
Hours before he was found dead, Spain’s National Court agreed to his extradition to the US but the decision was not final.
‘We were prepared for that decision and had a plan of action already in place to appeal that decision,’ Janice McAfee, 38, told reporters.
John McAfee’s wife Janice speaks briefly with journalists on leaving the Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona, northeast Spain, on Friday
John McAfee’s wife Janice is pictured. A judge in northeastern Spain has ordered an autopsy for John McAfee, creator of the McAfee antivirus software, who died in a cell pending extradition to the United States
Lawyer Javier Villalba, left and John McAfee’s wife Janice leave the Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, near Barcelona
McAfee’s Spanish lawyer, Javier Villalba, left, said the entrepreneur’s death had come as a surprise to his wife and other relatives, since McAfee ‘had not said goodbye.’
Lawyer Javier Villalba speaks briefly with journalists on leaving the Brians 2 penitentiary
John McAfee’s wife Janice enters the Brians 2 penitentiary center in Sant Esteve Sesrovires
‘I blame the US authorities for this tragedy. Because of these politically motivated charges against him my husband is now dead.
‘I don’t believe he did this, I will get answers,’ she said.
Results of McAfee’s post-mortem examination could take ‘days or weeks’, authorities have said.
The court ruling was published on Wednesday a few hours before the news of his death.
Soon after his arrest last year, McAfee’s Twitter account posted a dark hint suggesting that if he died in an alleged suicide, a conspiracy would be to blame
Final Tweet: In one of his final tweets, presumably dictated to his wife from behind bars, McAfee said ‘I have nothing. Yet, I regret nothing.’
McAfee’s lawyer, Javier Villalba, said the family was awaiting the results of an official autopsy, but he would request a second, independent autopsy as instructed by the McAfee family, who he said could take legal action once the investigation into the death was concluded.
Spanish authorities insist that there was no evidence of foul play, but McAfee’s previous tweets that he would never take his own life ‘a la Epstein’ have fueled conspiracy theories.
‘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,’ McAfee tweeted on October 15.
Furthetmore, just minutes after his death was reported on Wednesday, his official Instagram account posted an image of the letter ‘Q’ – in an apparent reference to QAnon.
Just minutes after his death was reported, his official Instagram account posted a plain image of the letter ‘Q’ in an apparent reference to the QAnon conspiracy theory
McAfee got a tattoo in 2019 saying ‘Whackd’ – after he said the US government was after him and that he would never kill himself; his comments have now sparked conspiracy theories
John McAfee tweeted a shirtless photo in 2019 from the Spanish prison
The jailhouse photos from 2019 showed McAfee smiling
John McAfee, the outlaw antivirus pioneer who died in a Spanish prison on Wednesday, spent his final months of freedom in a mysterious ‘ghost hotel’ in Catalonia
While McAfee claimed to be jetting around to Belarus and hoaxed an arrest in Norway for wearing a thong as a mask, he was actually staying in the Daurada Park Hotel (above)
McAfee spent his final months of freedom in a mysterious ‘ghost hotel’ where he was tracked down by web sleuths.
While McAfee claimed to be jetting around to Belarus and hoaxed an arrest in Norway for wearing a thong as a mask, he was actually staying in the Daurada Park Hotel in Cambrils, Catalonia, according to the New York Post.
McAfee appears to have been hiding out in the hotel from March 2020 until his arrest in October, and was busted by amateur sleuths who spotted Spanish products and images of the Catalonian coast in his photos on Twitter.
At the hotel, no one answered the phones and it was impossible to make a reservation, according to El Confidencial, leading the Spanish newspaper to call the Daurada Park a ‘ghost hotel.’
Some sleuths spotted Spanish wine and bottled water in this photo, taken when McAfee claimed to be in Belarus
Twitter users noted that McAfee was consuming a Spanish brand of whipped cream when he claimed to be in Belarus
Last spring, McAfee claimed to be in ‘lockdown’ in Belarus, he posted photos that eagle-eyed followers noted contained Spanish products.
McAfee’s photos showed beaches and balconies in the background that the sleuths were able to trace to Cambrils, and eventually the Daurada Park.
Confronted about the inconsistencies, McAfee lashed out on Twitter, claiming he had ‘visited Spain for a few days.’
But it appears he used the mystery hotel as his base of operations for months before his arrest on U.S. tax and fraud charges.
McAfee was arrested at Barcelona airport in early October when he was about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport.
He languished in Spanish prison until a court this week approved his extradition to the U.S. to face the charges.
McAfee was found dead in his cell on Wednesday in what authorities say appears to be a suicide by hanging.
Others tied vistas from his photos to locations on the Spanish coast
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