John McAfee, an internationally-recognized pioneer in antivirus software who is believed to have died in June 2021, led a strange and scary life that is only growing more mysterious.
It was widely reported that McAfee committed suicide by hanging himself while he was detained in a Spanish prison pending extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion.
However, according to his ex-girlfriend Samantha Herrera from Belize, he only pretended to have killed himself and had actually relocated to Texas.
In a new Netflix documentary, Samantha claims her ex-boyfriend is actually still alive today.
“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,” Samantha begins.
She goes on to reveal that John McAfee told her “there are only three persons in this world that know I’m still alive” and then urged her to disappear with him
The new documentary, called Running With the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee, was officially released on August 24, 2022 and can only be found on Netflix.
Herrera’s assertions that McAfee is actually still alive have the director, Charlie Russell, scratching his head.
“I don’t know what I think and I don’t think she does,” Russell said to 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 continued.
“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.”
Samantha Herrera says that she and McAfee, who was residing in San Pedro, Belize at the time, began dating when she was only 18 years old, and that they had the intention of getting married someday.
However, they fled the country together in 2012 after the suspicious death of McAfee’s next-door neighbor, a Florida man Gregory Faull.
Samantha was able to recruit her relative, prominent lawyer Telésforo Guerra, to work as John’s attorney.
“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 says in the documentary, claiming that McAfee had connected the Belizean government to corruption.
McAfee, now a murder suspect himself in the case of Gregory Faull, was eventually able to make it back to the United States without incident thanks to the assistance of Guerra, despite having suffered a heart attack in Guatemala City.
According to the Netflix documentary, not long after that, he ended his relationship with Herrera and married another woman named Janice Dyson who had previously worked as a prostitute in Miami.
At the time, McAfee playfully warned him that “unfortunately, you will have a potential criminal in the family now.”
Guerra died the following year.
Before the suicide reports surfaced, McAfee had been warning on a regular basis to anyone listening that he wouldn’t have killed himself if his dead body were to be found in prison.
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