John McAfee Wanted for Murder

Gizmodo, By Jeff Wise, November 12

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Paul was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Paul filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior.” Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.

As we reported last week, McAfee has become increasingly estranged from his fellow expatriates in recent years. His behavior has become increasingly erratic, and by his own admission he had begun associating with some of the most notorious gangsters in Belize.

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  • Software pioneer McAfee says framed for murder in Belize

    Reuters, November 13

    Belize City – Computer security industry pioneer John McAfee says he has gone into hiding in Belize because he believes authorities there are trying to frame him for the murder of a neighbor, a crime he says he did not commit, according to Wired magazine.

    Belize police are searching for McAfee as “a person of interest” in a murder investigation.

    “You can say I’m paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me,” Wired quoted McAfee as saying on its website. “I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”

  • John McAfee ‘disguised as Guatemalan street hawker with a limp’

    Software millionaire John McAfee – on the run from Belize’s police – has disguised himself as a Guatemalan street seller and a drunk German, he has claimed on his blog.

    The Telegraph, By Jennifer O’Mahony, November 19

    Last Saturday, software millionaire John McAfee told The Daily Telegraph in an exclusive interview that to reveal any disguise he wore while on the run from the police “would be foolish.”

    But Mr McAfee, 67, who is wanted for questioning about the murder of his neighbour in Belize, appears to have changed his mind, detailing the long and bizarre process of disguising himself as a Central American street seller with a limp on his personal blog.

    In two separate posts today, he describes dying his beard, mutilating his nose with a “shaved tampon”, darkening his skin with shoe polish and convincing a reporter from the Associated Press that he was a poor Guatemalan who sold dolphin carvings for a living.

    He wrote: “The first day I colored my full beard and my hair light grey- almost white. I darkened the skin of my face, neck and hands carefully with shoe polish and put on an LA Saints baseball cap with the brim facing backwards and tufts of the front of my hair sticking out unkempt through the band.

  • John McAfee: ‘I don’t see myself as paranoid’

    The eccentric software entrepreneur is on the run, a ‘person of interest’ in the murder of a neighbour in Belize. But who is the man behind the headlines? He gets in touch with the Guardian to protest his innocence.

    The Guardian, By Patrick Barkham, November 20

    The name McAfee is ubiquitous and boring, a piece of antivirus software that pops up on computer screens around the world. The man behind this reassuring piece of technology is rather less reassuring and certainly not dull. John McAfee, a multi-millionaire dotcom guru, is on the run from police on the tropical island of Ambergris Caye. The authorities want to question McAfee, who is 67, about the murder of his neighbour, Gregory Faull. Now, according to a blog purportedly written by McAfee, the American entrepreneur is protesting his innocence and gleefully revealing how he hid from police by burying himself in the sand and by pretending to be a drunk German tourist.

    The story of McAfee’s rise and fall is impossibly rich and strange. McAfee has likened his predicament to Julian Assange’s; others see him as a Kim Dotcom figure, a playboy-on-the-run, a poster boy for the decadent libertarianism of the dotcom generation. But McAfee is harder to pin down. Until the tanned, rich, priapic, yoga-loving eccentric hands himself in, he exists for all of us only on the internet. To some, McAfee is a gun-toting fiend and a fugitive from justice; in McAfee’s eyes, he is a teetotal tragic victim of a corrupt state and media sensationalism, a philanthropist dedicated to cleansing rural Belize of crime and poverty. People who know him variously describe him as generous, paranoid, impulsive and eccentric. Is he mad? Is he bad? Who is John McAfee?

  • Report: Anti-virus software pioneer McAfee captured

    AFP, December 1

    Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted by authorities in Belize for his neighbor’s murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, his blog said Saturday.

    “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” his official blog said.

    The website, which McAfee launched to counter what he sees as erroneous claims by the media or authorities about him, said it would provide more information as it became available.


    In Belize, a source at the US embassy speaking privately said people close to McAfee, in the town of Carmelita, in the San Pedro area, had denied that he was captured. A police spokesman meanwhile said he had no information on a possible arrest.

  • Software guru to seek asylum in Guatemala

    John McAfee crosses into Guatemala after evading police in neighbouring Belize for weeks in connection with murder.

    Al Jazeera, December 5

    John McAfee, founder of an anti-virus software company, has crossed into Guatemala after evading police in neighbouring Belize seeking to question him in a murder probe.

    The software guru said on Tuesday that he planned to ask for asylum in Guatemala because he feared persecution in Belize.

    “I need a safe place where I can actually speak out,” McAfee said. “Now that I’m here I can speak freely. I can speak openly.”

    McAfee has been in hiding for three weeks since police in Belize said they wanted to question him as “a person of interest” after the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, with whom McAfee had quarreled.

    He smuggled himself and his girlfriend, Samantha, across the porous land border between Belize and Guatemala on Monday.

    “I have no plans much for the future now. The reason I chose Guatemala is two-fold,” McAfee told Reuters by telephone from Guatemala’s Supreme Court.

    “It is a country bordering Belize, it is a country that understands the corruption within Belize and most importantly, the former attorney general of the country is Samantha’s uncle and I knew that he would assist us with legal proceedings.”

  • Hacker locates John McAfee through smartphone tracks

    Washington Post, By Craig Timberg, December 4

    Weeks of international intrigue about the whereabouts of tech millionaire John McAfee ended Tuesday after the Internet pioneer made an elementary digital mistake that highlighted the fraught relationship Americans have with what they once quaintly called “the telephone.”

    That homely communication tool, wired into walls everywhere for the better part of a century, has become an untethered e-mailer, browser, banker, shopper, movie viewer, music player and — to an extent that few appreciate — digital spy of extraordinary power.


    Authorities couldn’t catch him. But a hacker called Simple Nomad learned McAfee’s location shortly after journalists posted an image of him from his supposedly secret locale under the provocative headline, “We are with John McAfee right now, suckers.”

    Embedded in that image, apparently taken by one of the journalists, was the sort of detailed data routinely collected by smartphone cameras and often transmitted along with images wherever they go — on e-mail, Facebook, online photo albums and, it turns out, to Vice magazine’s Web site.

    Simple Nomad, who declined to give any identifying personal details in an e-mail interview, examined the underlying data and quickly learned that McAfee’s image emanated from an iPhone 4S at the following location: “Latitude/longitude: 15° 39’ 29.4 North, 88° 59’ 31.8 West,” at 12:26 p.m. Monday.

  • Guatemalan police arrest John McAfee

    John MacAfee, the software guru who went on the run last month after Belize police tried questioning him about the shooting of a neighbor, was arrested in Guatemala Wednesday.

    AP, By Sonia Perez-Diaz, December 5

    Guatemala City – Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by police in Guatemala on Wednesday for entering the country illegally, hours after he said he would seek asylum in the Central American country.

    Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said McAfee was detained by police at a hotel in an upscale Guatemala City neighborhood with the help of Interpol agents. He offered no other details.

    Earlier Wednesday, McAfee said he had formally requested asylum in Guatemala, claiming he is the victim of persecution in neighboring Belize where officials have said he is a person of interest in the killing of a fellow ex-pat.

    McAfee was taken late Wednesday to an old, three-story building used to house migrants who enter Guatemala illegally.

  • John McAfee expelled to U.S. after three weeks on the run

    Agence France-Presse, December 12

    US computer anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee escaped immediate deportation to Belize on Wednesday as Guatemala expelled the colorful American back to the United States instead.

    Wearing a blue suit and white shirt, McAfee, who is wanted in next-door Belize for questioning over his neighbor’s murder, got out of a police vehicle and walked freely to the waiting area to catch a Miami-bound flight.

    McAfee and 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas spent more than three weeks on the run in Belize after his neighbor’s November 11 murder before crossing illegally into Guatemala, where he was arrested on December 5.

    His high-profile lawyer, former Guatemalan attorney general Telesforo Guerra, successfully fought his deportation back to Belize after he failed to win political asylum in Guatemala.

  • McAfee broke, played ‘crazy card’ in Guatemala
    Silicon Beat, December 13

    Silicon Valley software guru John McAfee admitted to playing the “crazy card” and faked an illness in Guatemala that bought him time to get back to America, according to ABC News.

    McAfee was taken out of a Guatemalan detention center on a stretcher and rushed to a hospital Dec. 6 in a ruse to buy time for a judge to hear his case and stay his deportation to Belize, where he is still wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull.

    “It was a deception but who did it hurt?” McAfee, 67, told ABC News. “I look pretty healthy, don’t I?”

    McAfee was released by Guatemalan authorities Wednesday night and flown to Miami where he told ABC News he’s broke but is trying to get his 20-year-old and 17-year-old girlfriends into the country.

    “I have nothing now,” McAfee said.

  • John McAfee cuffed by Tennessee cops, faces drug-driving, gun rap

    The Register, By Darren Pauli, August 5

    Paranoid wild man of infosec John McAfee was arrested in the US state of Tennessee over the weekend – and charged with driving under the influence, and possession of a handgun while intoxicated.

    The charismatic ex-boss of security software biz McAfee can be seen grinning in his police mugshot.

    “Yes, I was arrested while under the influence of Xanax,” McAfee the man told El Reg on Tuesday evening.

    “It was a brand new prescription received the same day of the arrest, and the physician neglected to warn me about driving while taking it. As to the weapons, I always carry them and, unless one is impaired, they are legal to possess and carry.”

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