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John McAfee in Hiding From Police

John McAfee

John McAfee

In response to police in San Pedro, Belize, searching for John McAfee, 67, creator of the McAfee virus checker, for questioning in connection with the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, McAfee has announced through Wired.com that, “Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country. 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. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”

Gregory Faull

Gregory Faull

McAfee reportedly went into hiding on hearing that his neighbor, Gregory Faull, was killed, and has been in hiding ever since. Faull was found dead in his home by the maid on November 11, 2012, according to police, “lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head.” McAfee told Wired that two nights prior to the murder, black-suited thugs dropped off by the coast guard poisoned his dogs. When he heard about the murder, McAfee feared that he was the true target, “I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house. He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.”

Police claim that Faull had a long-standing dispute with McAfee, and that the week before he died Faull had filed a formal complaint against McAfee for brandishing weapons and “roguish” behavior. This description of him is consistent with a couple of reports leaked about McAfee’s increasingly erratic behavior, but McAfee claims that the neighbor had reported him for his dogs’ behavior, not his own.

In a nutshell, McAfee describes a conspiracy to get him to leave Belize, saying that the government has a vendetta against him, that they killed his dogs to get him to leave the country and that he fears for his life and is in hiding. In April 2012 McAfee was arrested on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of an unlicensed weapon. Interestingly, authorities wound up dropping the charges after McAfee filed suit for false arrest, saying that he was targeted after refusing to donate money to a local politician.

In any case, McAfee does not seem to have any plans to leave, “I like it here. It’s the nicest place on earth.”

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