Janice Dyson Was Late John McAfee’s Wife: What to Know About Her and Their Relationship

Milla Sigaba
Aug 29, 2022
02:15 A.M.

John McAfee became a tech mogul after he invented the cyber security software named after himself. He married his third wife, Janice Dyson, who was more than half his age. Learn more about her and their relationship.


An out-of-the-ordinary start to a romance led to what John called a "magical" moment between Janice Dyson and her husband.

He saw the human in her, Janice said, who was what John had been looking for his entire life. The couple later tied the knot in 2013.


After developing his anti-virus system, John accumulated a fortune; however, he faced murder accusations in Belize. Belize officials had implicated John in the 2012 murder of Gregory Faull, John's 54-year-old neighbor.


McAfee went to Guatemala to hide; he stayed in a resort for a month before he was arrested for entering the country illegally and deported to the US.

John was not charged with the murder accusations and continuously maintained his innocence. He believed he had been framed by the Belizean government, claiming the Sinaloa cartel controlled them.

A month after his deportation, Janice and John met in a Miami Beach café; a friend gave John a large sum of $ 5 bills, which he used to pay for Janice's services.


During an ABC 20/ 20 interview, John pulled out the wad of cash similar to the money he used to hire Janice as an escort for the night.

They got married in 2013 and moved to Lexington, Tennessee. John had saved Janice from a violent pimp after she spent years in sex trafficking. After her marriage, she was able to reunite with her children.

For the first two years of their relationship, Janice claimed she was in a difficult situation where she had to spy on John and report his information to her pimp.


When they first met, Janice did not know who John was or about his fortune; however her pimp, who was working with the Beliz cartel bosses, did and instructed her to report any knowledge about John's movements.

This continued even after they had married in 2013; Janice loved her husband dearly but was petrified of disobeying her orders.

In 2019 Janice spoke about the nature of the alleged orders she'd been given and how they worsened over time. She was told to hide poison in John's food and grant them access to his home without his knowledge.


Janice kept what she called a "scary situation," a secret from her husband, which caused a strain on the relationship.

John eventually found out about the spying and Janice's involvement. However, he understood her position and chose to stay with her.

John did not share how he discovered Janice had been spying on him; he said he did not mind. Janice was in a hard place, and when she finally came clean, he called it a beautiful moment.

Janice and John fled the States in 2019 on a yacht headed to the Bahamas after he suspected US law enforcement was trying to extradite him.


But the couple and their crew were detained by Dominican Republic police for having firearms aboard the yacht. They were able to travel to Europe, where they hid before John was arrested in Barcelona for tax-related crimes in October 2020.

In 2021, Jance shared a Father's Day message dedicated to John, who spent the occasion in prison. He had been in jail in Spain for eight months when she shared the tweet, stating that the experience had taken a toll on his mental and physical health.



Throughout his life, John has been married three times. His first wife was his student during his days as a teacher in a Ph.D. program. He was fired, and the couple wed, although very little information about his first wife is known.

His second wife was Judy McAfee, a flight attendant and yoga enthusiast. After marrying John, she had a helping hand in creating his company, founded in 1987. They separated in 2002.



John passed away while in prison in Spain. The U.S Justice Department reported that he had tax evasion charges that dated back to 2014, failing to file tax returns despite making a lot of money.

After John's extradition was approved and he was to be sent back to the United States, he was found dead in his cell. A Spanish newspaper reported that the cause of death was believed to be suicide.


According to John, he had 47 children who ranged from teenagers to almost 50. Nearly all of his children were illegitimate and challenging to track down. He claimed to have kept in touch with all of his children, financially supporting them.

While fleeing with John, Janice spoke about missing her three children, who were not John's, whom she had to leave behind. John said her children were being taken care of by his "people."

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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