February 6, 2019

On February 6, 2019, Quadriga, Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange shut down. It had over $145 million in bitcoin assets that its customers could not access. The reason why? Because Quadriga’s founder, Gerald William Cotten had died under mysterious circumstances in 2018 while visiting India, and he was the only person with the passcodes to access the accounts. It’s thought by the people who lost the $145 million that Cotten wasn’t dead. They believed he faked his death in India, purchased a corpse while there, and had that corpse buried in his place. They believe Cotten has assumed a new identity and is now living off of the $145 million he has stolen. There is currently a request from the law firm representing the people who lost the $145 million to exhume Cotten’s body to confirm his identity and verify what killed him. If he’s not really dead, this would make a great movie. Even if he is dead, it would still make a great movie.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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