To absolutely no one’s surprise at all, notorious Millennial fraudster Billy McFarland has been forwarding handwritten letters and corresponding with a vast professional network about an upcoming memoir—all from his prison cell at the Federal Correctional Institution of Otisville, New York.
Billy McFarland was the CEO of Fyre Media, Inc. and headed the infamous Fyre Festival, an ultra-exclusive music festival on an Instagram-worthy island in the Bahamas… which ultimately failed and led to McFarland’s incarceration on the charge of wire fraud.
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McFarland’s story is well known by now, since two wildly popular—and competing—documentaries, Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened and Hulu’s Fyre Fraud, covered the timeline and repercussions of the Fyre Festival disaster, all of which makes for a nightmare narrative seemingly born out of the social media era.
Almost a year after McFarland went to jail, a celebrity freelance editor named Josh Raab received a message from McFarland’s girlfriend, Anastasia Eremenko, inviting him to help McFarland create a memoir successful enough to cover his restitution fees—roughly $26 million—according to an article published by New York Magazine.
Raab apparently did not accept the offer from McFarland, though they communicated for several weeks about McFarland’s vision for the memoir and its proceeds.
McFarland’s memoir is purportedly titled Promythus: God of Fyre and tells the “true” story of his career. New York Magazine reported that McFarland has often drawn a connection between himself and other famous figures who have made millions off of their comeback stories, such as the stockbroker who wrote The Wolf of Wall Street about his own crimes and reaped massive benefits when the book got a film adaptation by the same name.
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