The Death of John McAfee’s Nephew and a Wrongful Death Lawsuit


In late 2006, John McAfee’s Aerotrekking Dream known as The Sky Gypsies took a tragic turn for the worse. His 22-year old nephew Joel Bitow was flying 61-year old passenger Robert Gilson and tragically veered into the side of a canyon wall killing both of them instantly. Mr. Gilson’s family launched a $5 million dollar lawsuit against McAfee, citing Bitow’s lack of piloting experience as the cause of the crash. There is speculation that this and the Lehman Investments triggered John’s downfall and led him to flee to Belize trying to avoid a judgement in the case.

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