John McAfee frequently tweeted that if he was discovered dead in jail, it wouldn’t be suicide before the suicide reports surfaced. Now, his ex-girlfriend is claiming in a Netflix documentary that John McAfee faked his death and is ‘still alive’ in Texas.
John McAfee, a pioneer in anti-virus software, led a chaotic and bizarre life that is only growing more mysterious.
According to numerous reports, McAfee hung himself in a Spanish prison in June 2021 while he was pending extradition to the US on tax evasion allegations. Samantha Herrera, his ex-girlfriend from Belize, claims he fabricated his own death, went to Texas, and continues to be alive.
“I don’t know if I should say, but two weeks ago, after his death, I got a call from Texas: ‘It’s me, John. I paid off people to pretend that I am dead, but I am not dead,’” Herrera claims in the Netflix documentary “Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee,” out Wednesday.
According to Herrera, he requested her to flee with him after telling her that “there are only three persons in this world that know I’m still alive.”
Herrera claims she and McAfee, who’d been staying in San Pedro, Belize, began dating when she was 18 and intended to marry. McAfee and Herrera fled the country in 2012, following the unexplained death of his next-door neighbor, Gregory Faull of Florida.
Herrera not only lammed it with the person of interest, but also enlisted her relative, eminent lawyer Telésforo Guerra, to represent him.
“His side of the story is that they’re after him because he didn’t pay off the government. They wanted to hurt him, to get rid of him ,” Herrera mentions in the film, noting that McAfee was successful in linking the Belizean leadership to corruption.
McAfee was able to travel to the United States safely with Guerra’s assistance after sustaining a heart attack in Guatemala City. According to the film, he divorced Herrera and married Janice Dyson, a former prostitute from Miami.
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Guerra, toward whom McAfee sarcastically said, “Unfortunately, you will have a potential criminal in the family now,” died the next year, according to local press.
Charlie Russell, the filmmaker of “Running With the Devil,” is baffled by Herrera’s assertions that McAfee is still alive.
“I don’t know what I think and I don’t think she does,” Russell told Esquire. “She says it, then she looks at the camera, and I can’t work out whether she thinks it’s real or not. She’s someone who was very angry at John.
“He promised them a life together and I think they were genuinely in love, despite the huge age difference, I think he offered her a real different future, then he literally ditched her at the border and I think that’s very painful for her and it’s taken her years to get over that.”
McAfee frequently tweeted that if he was discovered dead in jail, it wouldn’t be suicide before the suicide reports surfaced. To support the sentiment, he got the tattoo “$WHACKD” on his arm in 2019.