It has been an entire year since John McAfee died — allegedly by suicide — in a Spanish prison and since that day, authorities have refused to release his body.
Since his death last June, the internet has abounded with conspiracy theories over how John McAfee died. Adding fuel to the conspiracy fire was the fact that the Spanish government — who was holding him on charges of tax evasion to be extradited to the United States — has held his body and refused to allow the family to see it.
After suspiciously holding his body for 7 months, in February a Spanish court ruled that McAfee took his own life. This ruling by the judge confirmed the findings of the original autopsy which declared his death a suicide.
As she did with the original ruling, McAfee’s widow, Janice McAfee, has appealed the ruling, insisting her husband was murdered.
Joy Athanasiou, a lawyer for McAfee’s daughter – identified only as Jen – told the financial news site MarketWatch that Janice immediately appealed the decision to a higher court at the time, though she noted that there was no timetable yet on when the higher court would rule on the appeal.
“At this point, we don’t really know much aside from the ruling. It’s been a long, strange process,” Athanasiou told MarketWatch.
Adding credence to Janice’s claims is the fact that McAfee himself said he was “content” in jail and had no plans to kill himself “like Epstein.”
The body of antivirus pioneer John McAfee has yet to be released from a Spanish prison more than seven months after his death, according to his family.
McAfee was arrested last October at the Barcelona airport on a warrant issued by Tennessee prosecutors who accused him of evading more than $4 million in taxes.
The 75-year-old software pioneer died on June 23, 2021, just hours after a Spanish court ruled that he could be extradited to the United States on the tax evasion charges.
However, his body is still in a “prison morgue freezer somewhere in or near Barcelona” as Spanish Judge Victor Espigares Jimenez, who is presiding over the investigation into McAfee’s cause of death is still probing the incident, his daughter, ex-wife, and lawyers told MarketWatch.
In the meantime, the software entrepreneur’s daughter and ex-wife are reportedly separately fighting for custody over his body.
The widow of John McAfee on Tuesday released what authorities claim was the tech entrepreneur’s suicide note, arguing that the “handwriting is suspect” and doubting its authenticity.
“Here is the alleged suicide note found in John’s pocket,” tweeted Janice McAfee on Tuesday. “This note does not sound anything like someone who has no hope and is contemplating ending their life. This note sounds like one of John’s tweets.”
She added the hashtags, “#NotASuicideNote” and “#JusticeForJohnMcAfee.”
John McAfee’s wife claims that Spanish authorities are engaged in a “cover-up” of the software tycoon’s death by withholding information.
McAfee was found dead in his Barcelona jail cell last month after a Spanish court ruled that he would be extradited to the U.S., where he faced the rest of his life in jail for tax evasion.
Widower Janice McAfee continues to insist that foul play could have been involved, tweeting that authorities are dragging their feet on releasing information.
“There has been no since (sic) of urgency from the various Spanish authorities involved in the investigation into John’s death and there is clearly a cover up happening here concerning the events surrounding his death,” wrote McAfee.
John McAfee initially attempted to kill himself back in February, several months before his death that officials also reported as a suicide.
His alleged failed suicide attempt resulted in him being supervised closely, a source within the penitentiary system told Reuters Friday.
The failed suicide attempt, which occurred Feb. 28 at the Brians prison complex outside Barcelona, prompted the prison to place McAfee on suicide watch, where he would be monitored more closely.
McAfee, who developed the world’s first commercial anti-virus software, was awaiting his extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion when he was found dead in his cell on June 23, as Townhall previously reported. Authorities said he died by way of suicide but there has been speculation surrounding his cause of death.
El Pais newspaper reported that the official autopsy indicated he died from suicide. However, officials would not confirm or deny the accuracy of this claim.
Former NSA consultant and data privacy advocate Edward Snowden tweeted on Wednesday that Julian Assange “could be next,” after antivirus mogul John McAfee died by apparent suicide in a Barcelona prison cell following news that he was being extradited to the US on criminal tax evasion charges.
Spanish outlets broke the news of McAfee’s death by suicide on Wednesday.
“Europe should not extradite those accused of non-violent crimes to a court system so unfair — and prison system so cruel — that native-born defendants would rather die than become subject to it. Julian Assange could be next,” Snowden tweeted.
“Until the system is reformed, a moratorium should remain,” he added.