- John McAfee is still causing authorities problems a year after his death
- The former fugitive is still lying in a morgue in Barcelona as his family fights the ruling over his death
- His family argues that his autopsy was incomplete and has demanded another
John McAfee is still giving the Spanish legal system a headache despite having been dead for a year. The body of the the former fugitive, who officials say committed suicide just hours after he had been told he would be extradited to the U.S. to a litany of fraud and money laundering charges, remains in a Spanish morgue while his family try to get an autopsy performed, claiming that the death wasn’t suicide. The famously anti-authoritarian software developer was known to hop from country to country and was reputedly involved in arms deals, with his family creating a petition, signed by 1,365 people so far, which calls for an independent autopsy “to determine if the official cause of death can be challenged or investigated privately”.
McAfee Had Been on the Run From US Authorities
McAfee had been a fugitive of the United States for about a year and a half until his arrest in October of 2020, having fled in early 2019 following the convening of a Grand Jury to indict him and members of his 2020 Presidential campaign on tax-related charges. He was famous during the 2017 bull run for taking millions of dollars for promoting random cryptocurrencies in ‘McAfee’s Coin of the Week’.
McAfee was eventually run to ground at Barcelona’s El Prat airport after his name was flagged up as being on a US arrest warrant, with an extradition hearing determining in June last year that he would be sent back to the US to face several charges relating to his income. McAfee died the same day, but his wife Janice and his daughter have never been convicted that the fugitive killed himself, saying that certain people in high places didn’t want him speaking out against them.
Family Alleges Incomplete Autopsy
The family considered the original autopsy to be incomplete and asked for further checks, but these were denied, a decision the family has appealed. A judge has since ruled that McAfee’s body cannot not be handed to the family until their appeal is resolved, resulting in him remaining in the same Barcelona morgue where he was first taken a year ago today.
For McAfee, the knowledge that he is still the cause of trouble for the authorities would no doubt have him issuing a throaty, cigar-smoke laden chuckle, wherever he is.