John McAfee, software pioneer turned fugitive: I faked being crazy and ill to escape to U.S.

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Update, 5:59 a.m. November 14: Yesterday, we noted that antivirus pioneer John McAfee, a supporting player in Rebecca Moss's July feature "The Hot Yoga War," was wanted for questioning regarding a murder in his adopted home of Belize, but his whereabouts were unknown. That remains the case at this writing. However, he's surfaced long enough to proclaim his innocence and declare that he's in fear for his life after all of his beloved dogs were poisoned.

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McAfee's confidant is Wired magazine's Joshua Davis, who has spent months investigating the software innovator's assorted claims about the Belize government. Note that McAfee's compound was raided in April, with police discovering an arsenal of weapons (all of them legal) and 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;" more on that below. He was not charged with a crime following this incident, but he remains wary of the cops, as well as gangsters who he's said to believe have marked him for death.

In communications with Davis, McAfee stresses that he had nothing to do with the murder of his neighbor, fellow American expatriate Gregory Faull, 52, despite a past dispute between them. According to Davis, Faull and others have complained about the half-dozen dogs he's kept on his property -- and on Friday, McAfee claims all of them were poisoned.

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"The coast guard dropped off a contingent of black-suited thugs at 10:30 tonight at the dock next door," he wrote via e-mail to Davis. "They dispersed on the beach. A half hour later all of my dogs had been poisoned. Mellow, Lucky, Dipsy, and Guerrero have already died."

Over this past weekend, McAfee told Davis he didn't think Faull was responsible for the dogs' deaths. But with Faull now slain, he's not ready to sit down with cops to tell his side of the story.

"Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country," he's quoted as saying yesterday. "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."

Continue to read our previous coverage, including a lengthy Q&A with McAfee from July.

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DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "I faked being crazy and ill"

LOL! ... the old Charlie Sheen gambit ...

Emily Schneider
Emily Schneider

I thought this was from The Onion. Seriously, what a hilarious headline.

Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

If you thought you had privacy, welcome to the future, in which you have no privacy. IMO, it's gone permanently, and you can try to work (hard) to keep some now, but eventually, there will be nothing you can do about it. I predict, young people will grow up "used to it" and think nothing of it, over the generations. Frankly, losing your privacy wouldn't be such a big deal if not for the existence of the state, which will use it as a tool to subjugate the masses. This is yet another reason we need to learn to live without a state.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident  .... piss-pant cowardly American citizens willingly surrendered all their privacy to Homeland Security after 9.11 .... 

... makes the Vichy French look like valiant heroes.

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