Antivirus guru John McAfee has been a fugitive from Belize police for the last five days. On Nov. 12, officials started an official search in connection to the murder of fellow American expatriate and neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull.
According to Marco Vidal, head of Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee, 67, is a top suspect in the murder of Faull, who was reportedly found Nov. 11, dead to a gunshot wound his home on the island of Ambergris Caye.
McAfee and Faull had some peculiar neighborly disputes in the weeks leading up to Faull’s still mysterious demise. Last Wednesday, Faull filed a complaint with the mayor’s office against McAfee’s “roguish behavior” which included gun shots. The next scuffle was when Faull complained about McAfee’s 11 dogs barking, four of which were poisoned Friday night. McAfee said he believed the Belize police to be the culprits.
Over 25 years ago, McAfee formed his antivirus software company that was eventually acquired for $7.68 billion. Since he relocated to Belize in 2008 for lower taxes, he has been a media magnet as his lifestyle and actions have become increasingly bizarre.
In recent years, he has estranged himself from fellow expatriates in favor of some of Belize’s most scandalous gangsters. Along with association with these criminals, McAfee has partaken in other questionable activity. He has allegedly indulged in hardcore drugs, having referred to bath salts as “super perv powder,” and become promiscuous with a slew of women, one of whom he has described as an assassin.
According to Gizmodo, the McAfee said original warrant was produced when authorities raided McAfee’s home and claimed he was running a meth lab. Belize officials would not confirm the claim.
McAfee has denied any involvement in the murder, but remains in hiding, claiming that Belize police officials want to frame him, extort money, or kill him. Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow responded Wednesday: “I don’t want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid — I would go so far as to say bonkers.”
Thursday McAfee indicated that he has no plans of turning himself into authorities.
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