I'm a freelance journalist. I spent a year investigating the story of Daniel Beckwitt, a multimillionaire hacker who hired people to dig a tunnel system beneath his suburban home. The tunnels stayed secret until one of Beckwitt's diggers died in a...
My name is William Brennan and I'm a freelance journalist. Yesterday, Washingtonian magazine published an article I spent the past year reporting. It's the true story of a self-styled hacker and bitcoin millionaire named Daniel Beckwitt and a young college dropout and aspiring tech titan named Askia Khafra. (Daniel Beckwitt was an active Redditor and some of you may know him by his handle u/3AlarmLampscooter.) After the two met online, Beckwitt offered to invest in Khafra's start-up—and Khafra agreed to help dig an extensive system of tunnels and bunkers beneath Beckwitt's home in the DC suburbs. The tunnels remained secret until a Sunday afternoon in 2017, when Khafra died in a fire at Beckwitt's home. Beckwitt was later charged with the crime of "depraved heart" murder. My article tells the full story of what happened.
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