The article below is my response to an article Drawn to Craziness on Willamette Week News Website. Their article is in quotes. My response is in Bold.
“EYES ON ESSLEY: Portland artist Chad Essley agreed to be interviewed by WW for this story, but only if the newspaper ran a self-portrait of him rather than a photograph. Essley says his association with John McAfee has made him increasingly worried about his security and privacy.”
Chad, you created the association with John McAfee and now it scares you? You were at his house this past summer and went back home with the same hair dye job that McAfee likes to fashion. What you were doing in Belize is not a story you really want to tell people I am certain. But when you returned you got John signed up with Impact Future Media. You put up his blog. You call yourself his “Webmaster”. Now you share McAfee’s paranoia? Interesting. I guess I would be paranoid too if I was associated with a man who claims Hezbollah is cooking ricin and using the Zeta Cartel to smuggle it and weapons into the USA because Belize want’s to overthrow the government by giving Lebanese men fake passports.
“Who the hell is Chad Essley, and how did he get entangled with a Col. Kurtz-like figure notorious for cohabiting with a harem of young women (some former sex workers) before fleeing the law in Central America?
In short, Essley says he had hoped to turn McAfee’s cartoon life into a graphic novel. But in the meantime, McAfee’s story blew up in a way neither expected. Essley now finds himself closely tied to a man who seems to enjoy making himself appear nefarious.”
Chad, Chad, Chad – You helped create him. You moderate the posts on his forum. You are his “Webmaster”. You spent time in his house. You know there were drugs, underage children (prostitutes), heavy weapons, drug cartel types hanging around. You were not naive to your surroundings. Bro’ you were an integrated part of it. McAfee didn’t just happen to end up in Portland – You invited him. But you wanted to make it all seem funny in a book?
“Two years ago, Essley says he logged into a secret members-only message board and noticed “a guy posting photos of himself driving his boat around and saying he had all these businesses.”
What kind of “Secret website” brings together a guy that draws comics and rich eccentric men in Belize? Gay.Com? Not important.
“Essley has big plans for his material. He’s got video footage, photos and recorded interviews in addition to his graphic novel, called The Hinterland. ”
Yeah, you told me the same thing when you emailed me, I have video footage. Who cares? Child prostitutes are taught to lie by their pimps and employers. You are unfortunately guilty by association. An association that you have inspired and fostered and coddle to this very moment. You should have gotten birth records.
You have a close association with a man who is posting kids pictures on his / your website, claims they are spies, and prostitutes, is putting lives in danger and still you are able to enjoy a nice breakfast with him each morning. How ironic.
Guess what finger I am holding up. Your funny book isn’t funny.
Something I find very curious Mr. Essley, your cartoon clearly states that Amy had a 9mm and John took it from her. Of all the weapons that were collected on John McAfee’s property the one that is missing is the 9mm you mention. Coincidentally, Greg Faull was murdered with one. So are you blackmailing John or protecting him because you are so desperately poor? I find it very odd that you chose to release this particular page to the media.