The thing that strikes me the most here is, as someone who spent a lot of time with Hank I am absolutely perplexed that he was even capable of designing any kind of computer programme, when I say he struggled to put a sentence together and came across in his behaviour as a teenager, I mean it! So to those who knew him will know there is no way he had the intellect to make such intelligence.
Let's be logical here. He went from starting up a condo painting company to designing the most sophisticated tracking information in US history to date
Could Hank paint walls, yes. Anything else is just beyond reason.
Painting condos to drug smuggling is believable and he has been honest about this, but from drug smuggling up until his death is just testimony to him being in way over his head. I truly do believe there was money made via the drugs smuggling and the Dea, FBI and CIA and the matrix was assigned to Hank as a cover up.
As I said, Hank was a very difficult man to be around, he would have no idea on social etiquettes and would often humiliate other people in public with his brashness and not be aware how upsetting or embarrassing his behaviour was as no one picked him up on it. He was almost like a young teen in intellect and behaviours.
I resent the previous poster saying he called the women in his life "just another whore" - if that were the case then why was spending hundreds of thousands on medical bills for many of his ex partners, cancer treatments etc yep he juggled a lot of women, but if they were only there for the money so why slander him for calling a spade a spade? He was however incredibly generous to many of these ex partners, and remain friends with them for many years up until his death, he would constantly bring helping someone financially. People around him were leaches there's no if or but about it and they wouldn't have been around for a moment if it wasn't for the lining of their own pockets.. he would even give his household staff cheques for over £30,000 when they had to return to the Dominican Republic to buy themselves a retirement home. He was not this misogynistic fool you are making him out to be, he was just a man baby with a lot of pocket money!
He was generous with his time and means, but to suggest he was offed by the CIA or himself is just ridiculous.
If you spent time with him in his last years you would know he was unhealthy, overweight, took a lot of sleeping meds, and looked beyond his years for 61. He drooled a lot and permantly had yellow stains on the sides of his mouth on his goatee because he drooled so much. He could hardly string a sentence together and anything that emoted from his mouth was a combination of a slir and frothing up drool.
That's right, this so called genius and philanthropist spent most of his days drooling, sat in his pants watching the price of gold go up and down as a hermit, he was often alone, his mum lived in a little annex at the bottom of his garden and once I was at his house for two weeks and he went down to see her once in that whole one for 5 minutes, he had a gardener maintenance guy, a dog called Bruno and a maid, other than the odd visit from his pa Karen he really spent most of his time in his bedroom sat at his desk looking depressed, sluggish and unable to sleep. He would use the Internet a lot to find female company from all over the world. But most of them had financial insentive, his pa Karen's job was mostly to book their flights and take them out when they came to town.
Sometimes I think Hank got karen organising his women to antagonise her as he always wanted to be with her romantically, but she declined and instead worked for him for many years.
There was no police on site permantly, the private estate he lived on had security at entrance as anyone would, but hank lived in that big old house alone the majority of the time. Him, a dog, a maid, and the occasional woman he paid to stay with him for the week. He never ever drank in his final years. So you are wrong about that. He would have the odd bottle of wine in his pantry for guests but he was no alcohol drinker, he spoke often of his days of madness from alcohol and I can only imagine how awful it was to deal with him, I heard the stories from him of his days hiding on his roof strung out on coke with paranoia.. that was not the man I knew in the years before his death.
All this speculation is just madness. Yes Hank was a fascinating man and of course people will speculate if they did not get to see inside of his life and are only viewers from what they have learnt about him from the Internet or so called reliable sources.
The reality is Hanks life in the years before his death was isolated, lonely, fuzzy and troubled. I would never wish to have that kind of money, and I truely think the real crooks were the people around him, who doped him up, who took money off him for imaginary jobs which were in reality nothing, who never picked him up on his behaviour. When you want to look for the real brains in his operations look at those around him as all Hank was was a paycheck, he was not capable of much else by the end of his life.