John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive: I faked being crazy and ill to escape to U.S.
Update: We've been following bizarre developments involving antivirus pioneer John McAfee, a co-star in the July feature "The Hot Yoga War," who's wanted for questioning about a murder in Belize that he says he didn't commit; read previous coverage below. At this writing, McAfee remains on the run from authorities, but in the most public way possible. He's actively blogging about life as a fugitive and appeared yesterday on two major interview programs, opposite comic Joe Rogan and Alex Jones of Infowars fame. Continue to hear both and get additional details.
McAfee has been living in Belize for some time and believes the government there is out to get him, due in part to an April raid on his compound. There, officers discovered plenty of guns (all of them legal), plus a lab that he apparently used in an attempt to purify a drug (also allowed in Belize, but against the law in the U.S.) that's said to enhance "hypersexuality."
Then, a few weeks back, McAfee's neighbor, fellow American expat Gregory Faull, 52, was slain, and because the two of them were in dispute (Faull had apparently complained about the dozen dogs McAfee kept on his property), suspicion fell upon the flamboyant 67 year old. But rather than sit down with the cops and proclaim his innocence, McAfee split amid claims that "black-suited thugs" had been sighted shortly before he found that his dogs had been poisoned.
A McAfee illustration from his blog.
In communication with one reporter, he wrote, "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."
Shortly thereafter, McAfee launched "The Hinterland," described as "the official blog of John McAfee." In addition to using the site to advertise a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Faull's killer, McAfee has pumped out content aplenty, including "The Government's Next Step," shared just after 2 a.m. this morning in whatever time zone he's presently residing. The post hints that the Belize government is close to dropping its pursuit of him for Faull's murder, but is looking for other ways to put him behind bars. Here's an excerpt:
I still have friends within the Government here, not many, but enough. I have been hearing, through the DPP's office (the DPP is like the Attorney General in the States), that the Government is giving up on attempting to stick the murder charge on me, and is now looking for ways in which I violated the draconic gun laws here in Belize. In actuality, this has been their plan for months. A security consultant that I hired some months ago arranged the licensing and acquisition of the three shotguns that were at my property, and from that moment, the government initiated a plan to trap me. It's all on tape.In addition, McAfee found time in his busy schedule as a fugitive to have extended, and highly energetic, chats with Rogan and Jones. Talk about hiding in plain sight.
Listen to the conversations here. They're followed by our previous coverage of this strange tale, including a lengthy Q&A with McAfee.
Continue to read our previous coverage about John McAfee, murder, Belize and yoga.