John McAfee: Tattoo sparks wild conspiracy after tech guru’s death

After a life of guns and running from the law, tech guru John McAfee is dead — and a trail of clues has sent conspiracy theorists into overdrive. Life can be a wild ride sometimes, but perhaps nobody has been through its ups and downs like the late John McAfee.

The tech guru made his name by becoming a pioneer of the cybersecurity industry before anybody knew that was a thing. He was wanted for murder and tax evasion, ran unsuccessfully for US president, became an icon of cryptocurrencies, and often spoke of conspiracy theories on his widely followed social media accounts. And then went on to live an insane life of drugs and guns while on the run from authorities worldwide.

It is perhaps for this last reason that it has taken just hours for a conspiracy to swirl about the 75-year-old’s death, which took place inside the confines of a Spanish prison cell overnight.

The conspiracy is that he didn’t take his own life and was taken out by US authorities. Those who believe it shares a picture of a tattoo on his right bicep, which he shared with the world in November 2019. It was taken two months after he was thrown into a Spanish prison cell on tax evasion charges.

The image shows the words ‘$WHACKD’; he explained it in a tweet.

“Getting subtle messages from US officials saying, in effect: ‘We’re coming for you, McAfee! We’re going to kill yourself (sic),” he wrote. I got a tattoo today, just in case. If I had suicide myself, I didn’t, and I was whacked. Check my right arm.”

John McAfee

Shortly after he was locked up in October, he sent another cryptic message.

“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well,” he said. “Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.”It wasn’t the first time he spoke about Jeffrey Epstein — he has long held the belief it’s not possible the billionaire pedophile died by suicide. He talked to back in 2019 from an undisclosed location inside a “communications Faraday cage with signal jammers and multiple VPNs.

He said Epstein’s injuries were “similar to someone being physically strangled.

“His cellmate was taken from his cell six hours before his death, the video cameras were off, and the guards in that cell block were sent home early due to cleaning. You add everything up, and I don’t see how suicide is possible.” Now, conspiracy theorists are drawing comparisons between the fates of Epstein and McAfee, saying it’s clear they both knew too much.

In the months before his arrest, McAfee claimed to have incriminating files on allegedly corrupt CIA and Bahamian officials.

However, McAfee’s critics have pointed out that McAfee had a very active imagination at the best of times.

Investigative journalist Robert Evans said he didn’t believe the conspiracy.

“I know McAfee tweeted that he would never kill himself. He was also an extravagant liar and attention addict. He saw how much attention Epstein’s death generated,” he said. Epstein was connected to powerful people and knew their crimes. McAfee was not nearly as associated. He was a fringe figure who almost exclusively hung out with lower-level grifters who swam in his wake and fed off his backwash.” While there will be an investigation into McAfee’s death at the Brians 2 penitentiary near Barcelona, a spokeswoman for the prison system in the northeastern Catalonia region said the end was very likely a suicide.

Molly Aronson

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