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A 75-year-old man who made the strangest bet on earth kills himself in late June 2021

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People make insane bets all the time. Some do it for attention, while others do it because gambling and winning made their head spin with excitement a little too much. Well, John McAfree, an American computer programmer, made a bet in 2017 that will have you bewildered.

A 75-year-old man who made the strangest bet on earth kills himself in late June 2021
John McAfree. Photo: reuters.com

McAfee promised that he would eat his own.. Well, private body parts on national Television if Bitcoin doesn’t reach $500,000 (1 BTC) in a span of three years. Thankfully, the success of this particular cryptocurrency did achieve that and more, and none of us had to see such horrors on our screens. However, the man’s future took an unfortunate turn later down the years.

Shortly after, the spunky better doubled down and made the same bet if BTC didn’t reach one million dollars per BTC in value. But of course, this was nothing but hype to get his followers and viewers to invest in the crypto that he so strongly believed in.

Earlier this year, the Spanish court approved John’s extradition to the United States, which would mean he would have to spend countless years in prison. The mastermind had charges awaiting for murder, drug distribution, involvement with prostitution, tax evasion, money laundering, possession of illegal firearms, and more shady shenanigans. Luckily for the guy, tax evasion charges were dismissed.

But the slap on the wrist for failure to file tax returns did not save him from all other troubles he was facing with the law. John couldn’t see any light in this intimidating situation and hung himself in a Barcelona prison cell where he was held while awaiting a decision from the court. It appears as he couldn’t handle what would follow after the verdict has been released, and there was no future for him - especially in the United States.

It seems as if John followed in his father’s footsteps, who took his life by a trigger years before, taking his life after things got a little too hard to handle. This incident took place when McAfee was only 15 years old, so it’s understandable that this solution seemed appropriate even with the wisdom and knowledge John acquired by his late 70’s.

Aside from making a ridiculous bet offering up his own manhood for faith in cryptocurrency, John also gambled with his life. He made the wager to free him of his faults by killing himself while he was in a dark place. Perhaps this released him from a hefty sentence he was facing, but no one truly knows what happens in the afterlife - this may have been the worst gamble of a lifetime.

But is this really what happened?

Sure, John may have had a wild past full of wrongdoings and unforgivable mistakes. But a few odd things came up that prompts a double-take. For instance, back in 2019, McAfree posted quite a strange tweet and dedicated an entire tattoo for the message he was trying to get across. He claimed that he was receiving hints from the officials stating that they would stage his suicide. The tattoo reads “$WHACKD” and signifies that he was killed rather than taking his own life.

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