From WIRED – As Belizean police combed the property of expat antivirus pioneer John McAfee Sunday afternoon, McAfee was closer than they could have known. He’d seen them coming, and says he hid — burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe. “It was extraordinarily uncomfortable,” he says, in an exclusive interview with Wired. “But they will kill me if they find me.”

McAfee, 67, is the prime suspect in a murder discovered Sunday morning in Belize. Convinced that he’ll be killed if he’s taken into custody for questioning, the millionaire antivirus pioneer has gone into hiding somewhere in the Central American nation, where he moved in 2008 to retire. Starting at 10:30 this morning, Belize time, he has been calling to tell me his side of the story.

The homicide victim is McAfee’s neighbor, Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate, who, like McAfee, lives on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize. According to police, Faull was found face up in a pool of blood with a single gunshot wound to the back of his head. Authorities found a single Luger brand 9mm expended shell at the scene.

Asked what he knows about the shooting, McAfee said, “Nothing — other than I heard he had been shot.” In fact, McAfee added, he’s worried that whoever shot Faull may have actually been gunning for him. “I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house,” he said. “He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.”

If McAfee is involved, it may trace back to the half-dozen dogs McAfee keeps at his beachside compound. Faull, like other McAfee neighbors, had been complaining about the dogs and reportedly filed a formal complaint about them with the mayor of the nearby town of San Pedro last week. According to McAfee, the dogs were poisoned on Friday night.

  1. andrew j says:

    This should happen to people that sell garbage. So maybe there is a God.

  2. general betray U.S. says:

    That’s what they all say.

  3. Rich says:

    Are they going to charge him for all those PCs he murdered over the years?

  4. sargasso_c says:

    Beards and tattoos. Do not mix.

  5. noname says:

    Did McCafee take out another republican who “forgot” to vote?

  6. JFStan says:

    McAfee misspelled in title FYI 🙂

  7. scandihoovian says:

    Haha… 15-17yr old girlfriend, raided for a methlab, loves MDPV (huh??), irritates neighbors, has loud dogs, sheesh!

    • Trex says:

      ” he lost most of his $100 million fortune in bad investments and the global financial crisis in 2008″ — Opps too bad for Mr Greedy.

      Hahaha. What is the cutoff age for statutory rape in Belize? 12? Oh I’m sure it was Platonic love.

      Thanks for the RT link.

  8. roy b. giv says:

    two to the head, but only one…

  9. MikeN says:

    They’ll have to root him out with a thorough search that uses all their resources. Shouldn’t take too long.

  10. Ding-A-Ling says:

    It seems all the loonies have some kind of tie to Silicon Valley somehow.

    Every time I look, I see crazy people from that little area of the world. People like Hans Reiser of the Reiser file system used in many a Linux box who was convicted for killing his Russian mail order wife. Or how about that San Francisco mayor who killed his homosexual lover at city hall? But then there are other more notable people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who have successfully perverted the patent system to new levels of ridiculousness and even made some serious dents in copyrights. And let’s not forget that most famous nut job of all, Nancy Pelosi who almost single-handedly screwed America into a FOURTH world status! (I’m still not sure she hasn’t succeeded since it’s still too soon to tell.) And now this? What do they feed you geeks out there in “Silly-ville”?

    It seems there is something seriously wrong with some of you San Francisco / Oakland area nut jobs. You either can’t think or don’t know how. You come up with some amazing things like Facebook and smart phones but then bullshit yourselves into believing that you’ve made some sort of great contribution to humanity all because you made a butt load of money – usually for no real product too! And then you do crazy shit like play ostrich in the sand with the police in Belize over a murder rap?! A country right next to to Honduras and Guatemala where they regularly celebrate Mardi Gras with guns?!!!

    What’s next? A hike along the Pakistani/Afghanistan border? Or can we maybe expect Windows 9 sometime soon?

    • Gwad his own self says:

      I don’t condone murder, but I believe Reiser’s mail order wife was in serious need of killin’.

  11. GregAllen says:

    The Rich never do anything for themselves. So, I have my doubts about this story.

  12. Glenn E. says:

    How does being some victim’s neighbor, automatically make one the prime murder suspect? Sounds like another investigation of convenience. The local police just don’t want to bother looking any farther than the guy next door? And he’s an ex-American, millionaire, who hasn’t spread his money around to the right people (as far as officials are concerned). So he’s obviously their man. Because they’re not going to look at anyone else.

    So apparently McAfee is guilty by reason of Bath Salts.

  13. Piracetam says:

    Wired, however, quoted McAfee as saying that his dogs had been poisoned Friday night and that he blamed the deaths on Belize authorities, not Faull.

  14. I was in Phrack Too says:

    All the old school hackers know that McAfee is a long time druggie and moved to Belize to regain some of his losses by purifying bath salts and sell a new product until they finally make it illegal. Ice Cube said ‘don’t get high off your own supply’ but John is also a racist and would have never heard that message. I hope McAfee finally gets what he deserves. He screwed over the black hats, he screwed over the public with a junk product, has been shoving bath salts up his rear for the past few years and now this. McAfee is a drug addict pedophile with serious problems. He should be put out of his misery, 9mm style.


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