Galton paid a high price for this freedom. He was shot dead on Friday by a group of men who stormed his home in Acapulco, where he and his girlfriend had taken refuge from drug charges in the United States, as they explained. in a March 2017 video interview with the conspiratorial site Press for Truth.
Joining a community of like-minded expats, Galton had sought to build a life as a self-made man. He has advocated drug liberalization and lectured on cryptocurrencies. He was to appear in a documentary titled “Stateless.”
He saw himself as a prophet of American entrepreneurship, but freed from the constraints of the American nation-state.
“Go for what you want to do,” he suggested to Americans considering a similar move. “If you think it’s not possible, maybe you’re doing it in the wrong place.”
As for the locals, “they don’t seem to be angry with us for living here. We’ve been living here for a year without any problems.”
His girlfriend, Lily Forester, nodded. Defending the once glamorous Pacific Coast town now considered Mexico’s ‘murder capital’, she said: ‘It’s not perfect, but it’s way better than anything I’ve experienced in the United States.”
She called for help on Friday after the rampage left her boyfriend dead and another man, Jason Henza, injured.
“If anyone is listening, please I’m coming – someone showed up right after we were done eating, and they shot John and Henza, and I was in the house, and John died at the door,” Forester cried. video she posted on social media. She begged, “Someone please come.”
Henza, 43, too recorded his anguished reactions to attack. Appearing in a bloodied T-shirt, he stared at the camera and in an eerie state of resignation. “We were attacked,” he reported. “I was shot three times. I am not feeling well.
“Hopes and prayers and all that,” he added, speculating, “I think it’s a backlash.”
Guerrero State Police said in a statement on Saturday that survivors reported that gunmen showed up at a “cannabis greenhouse” and targeted Galton. The prosecutor’s office, which confirmed that Galton had been killed, said in a statement on Sunday that he had found a marijuana lab on the premises, including white lights and gas tanks. No suspects have been named and the motive for the murder remains unknown.
An email to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs was not immediately returned. The Associated Press reported that Galton was in his twenties and so was Forester.
In a statement to CoinSpicea cryptocurrency news site, Forester said, “I will issue a statement when it is safe to do so. The news is fake, but I have to wait to tell my story.
Speaking to Dan Dicks of Press for Truth in the spring of 2017, the couple said they had been in Mexico for about a year and had fled a potential 25-year marijuana-related prison sentence. They said they spent the equivalent of $300 a month, plus utilities, on their hideout in Vista Hermosa, which they described as a “developing neighborhood” on the outskirts of town.
“We haven’t hurt anyone, so we’re just going where we’re appreciated,” Galton said.
Interviewed last year for a crypto-anarchist show called The Vonu Podcastwhose host called the couple “self-liberators,” each described their path to anarchism.
Raised by “hippie parents” who were anti-government but simultaneously dependent on food stamps, Forester said she became interested in politics while in college. However, she realized the politics “didn’t change anything”, so she gave up and “one thing led to another”.
Galton said he had always had libertarian leanings, but his anti-state philosophy had sharpened in the few months he spent in prison, despite claiming he never committed a crime. . His lawyer gave him several books that put him on a “fast track to anarchy”, he said, including Machiavelli’s “The Prince” and “How to Make Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
The couple started using cryptocurrencies towards the end of 2011 and decided to “retire from banking” in 2012, they said. Attempting to live off the grid – with only a “cheap smartphone” and the occasional “Google search” – they bounced around the Midwest.
In Detroit, where they experimented with gardening and tried to fight government land seizures, they broke drug laws nearly three years ago, they said. “We were just trying to live in peace with our use of the cannabis plant,” Forester said. “We had the wrong things on us at the wrong time.”
They were charged with five crimes, Galton said, and faced more than 25 years in prison.
It was then that they fled, heading first to California, then to Mexico. “None of us could afford to pay all the money to bribe the judges,” Forester said. “Our only defense was to leave.”
They crossed the border with $50 in cash. Once in Acapulco, they found odd jobs in the tourism industry, while racking up followings on Steemit, a blogging and social networking site. Forester set up a business blowing glass into pipes. Among their projects were the organization of “Meat Ups”, which advocated a carnivorous diet, and the creation of an “uncensored Wikipedia”.
They were the founders of Anarchaforkoan anarchist conference and derivative of the best known Anarchapulco, which brings 3,000 people to Acapulco each year for discussions about ways to “live unchained.” Both were due to take place this month.
Participating in last year’s events mourned the death of Galton – suggesting he had been targeted by cartels because he was in competition with them – but said he was not afraid to return to the resort town in Guerrero state, which had a homicide rate in 2017 by 64.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, i.e. more than double the Chicago one.
“You have to have some common sense about it, but I’d say it’s safer than any big city I’ve lived in the US, like a lot safer than Chicago or something” , Galton said in the March 2017 interview, titled “John and Lily on the run.”
Asked by Press for Truth if there had been any contact with US authorities, Galton said, “We’re sure they know, as at this point we’re trying to expose the corruption in the system.”
“We don’t like America or anyone like that,” he said, explaining that his objection was more “statism.” He said: “Taxation is theft.
“And that’s how they affect the lives of real people,” Forester said.