John McAfee, once renounced for his brilliant innovation that created the idea of anti-virus software, has now become a cliché.
McAfee saw the industry for personal computers take off overnight and realized that the probability for virtual rogue behavior was high. He hired a team of coders to create anti-virus software that he then put on his website for people to download at no cost. He charged a licensing fee to corporations, which in a few years made him millions.
Jeff Wise, journalist for Gizmodo.com, has been profiling McAfee for years and has watched McAfee transform from a tech genius to an overly eccentric 67-year-old shut-in living on in Belize.
This type of story seems strangely familiar—thrill-seeking white guy gets rich, falls in love with the party lifestyle to the extent that reality passes him by, and eventually moves to Latin America in search of people who find him impressive.
But as time went on, McAfee’s eccentricities became more extreme. In April, Belize Special Forces raided his house where they found large amounts of cash, weapons, and expensive chemistry equipment.
Everything turned out to be legal and McAfee was released from custody.
Monday, Gizmodo reported that McAfee became the prime suspect for the murder of Gregory Faull, another American living in Belize. Recently, tension between the two had grown to the point where Faull filed a complaint against McAfee with the mayors’ office last Wednesday.
Sunday morning, Faull was found dead. Here is the police report:
On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone. No signs of forced entry was seen, A (1) laptop computer brand and serial number unknown and (1) I-Phone was discovered missing. The body was found in the hall of the upper flat of the house. A single luger brand 9 mm expended shells was found at the first stairs leading up to the upper flat of the building. The body of Faull was taken to KHMH Morgue where it awaits a Post Mortem Examination. Police have not established a motive so far but are following several leads.
According to Gizmodo, through out the past year McAfee has taken to Bluelight, a drug-based forum, to talk about his new fascination MDPV or “bathsalts,” a new drug that has dramatic psychiatric effects on users, sometimes rendering them insane, according to US News.
On these threads, McAfee recounts his MDPV-fueled escapades, even describing how he has found rectal consumption of the drug to heighten the effects.
McAfee is said to have fled his home in an attempt to elude the police after the murder in question.
Update: This morning, John McAfee called Wired editor Joshua Davis while hiding from the Belize police force. McAfee has a long relationship with Wired going back to his correspondence with Jeff Wise, who is now working for Gizmodo.com. McAfee rants to Davis, often showing signs of delusion and paranoia mixed in with a rational thought process. Gizmodo has the whole conversation.
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