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Model’s Death After Threesome With Bitcoin Millionaire/Trader Reopened as Murder Investigation

TL;DR: Two years ago, 18-year-old model Ivana Smit fell from a 20th-floor condominium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after reportedly engaging in a threesome with wealthy bitcoin trader Alexander Amado Johnson and his wife. At the time, Smit’s death was ruled a “misadventure,” and no foul play was thought involved. Recently, a Malaysian court overruled that conclusion after Smit’s family appealed. 

Model’s Death After Threesome With Bitcoin Millionaire Reopened as Murder Investigation

Late last month, Malaysia High Court Justice Collin Lawrence Sequerah determined enough evidence existed to doubt Kuala Lumpur law enforcement’s initial conclusion Smit simply fell to her death after a night of heavy partying with Johnson and his wife. Her naked body was found 14 floors below.

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Bitcoin millionaire Johnson and his wife.

“The coroner [Mahyon Talib], in her decision had agreed with the findings of a Dutch pathologist, Dr Frank Van Der Goot that Smit and her hosts, couple Alex Johnson and Luna Almaz, might have engaged in a struggle prior to the death,” the Justice was quoted as explaining. “Despite the court agreeing with the expert witness, she returned a verdict of misadventure. This was inconsistent with her findings in respect to Dr Frank’s evidence.”

The Attorney General has been instructed to order a police investigation more consistent with a possible homicide. According to regional media, it was also revealed “Smit’s body had signs of arm grip, trauma at the back of the head and Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) of Johnson under her nails.” She had traces of cocaine and methamphetamine in her system, according to reports. Johnson and his wife were tested for illegal drugs while in custody and cleared.

I Lost a Friend

Smit was Dutch by birth, and moved to Malaysia when she was 3 years old, thus the involvement of Dutch authorities in the matter. Johnson and his wife admitted to having a trist with her the evening of Smit’s death that involved sexual contact and alcohol, but the American couple denied any wrongdoing. They were initially arrested by local police in late December of 2017 immediately in connection with the death, and were found blameless by authorities. Once released, Johnson and his wife returned to the United States without testifying in the formal inquiry, and mostly kept a low profile since.

In summer of this year, Johnson and his wife Luna broke their silence on the matter, explaining neither he nor his wife took drugs or gave them to Smit, and described her death as accidental. “Ivana was our friend and we both had relationships with her. She came with us willingly that night. I wished I had more time to know her. I lost a friend,” Luna explained. Johnson himself insisted, “We have enjoyed the company of other women over the course of our marriage. I honestly don’t give a s*** what anybody thinks anymore. We are numb to it… We have had a year and a half of this. We have lost everything and started over again. I don’t care anymore.”

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Ivana Smit

Johnson was perhaps best known for co-founding Everus Technologies Sdn Bhd in 2016, a Malaysian exchange of sorts, focusing on initial coin offerings, then beginning to boom. After that, it’s mostly a flurry of press releases dutifully picked up by crypto news outlets, but precious little about how he became a “bitcoin millionaire.”

Since the investigation reopened, Smit’s family asked Johnson and his wife be extradited from the US to answer what the family believes are critical questions about events surrounding the evening of her death. “We know that Ivana died in the apartment,” Smit’s father demanded, “the Johnsons ought to be questioned.”

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