The millionaire software genius behind the McAfee antivirus programs is wanted for murder in Belize — this according to reports. According to Gizmodo.com, Belize police claim John McAfee is the prime suspect in the shooting death of an American expatriate named Gregory Faull.
Gizmodo published an official police statement issued Monday that said the body of the well-liked 52-year-old builder from California was found in a pool of blood from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
The San Pedro Sun confirmed that police were looking for McAfee in connection with Faull’s death. Vidal told the newspaper that officers searching McAfee’s home next door found no one there.
Jeff Wise, writing for Gizmodo, reported that McAfee and Faull had been “at odds for some time.”
“Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited ‘roguish behavior.'” Gizmodo reported. “Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.”
McAfee’s life has turned in recent years from cybersecurity to drugs, guns, prostitution and violence, explained Jeff Wise, a freelance reporter who broke the story for Gizmodo. “He will tell you he moved to Belize for the good life, for the country, to rescue the Belizean people from poverty,” Wise told FoxNews.com. In reality, McAfee became embroiled in bath salts and the quest for the ultimate high, he said.
Wise visited McAfee in the Western Caribbean nation twice, once in 2010 and again this past April.
“It really scared the hell out of me,” Wise said. He wasn’t alone. A woman who went to visit McAfee to co-develop an herbal medicine ended up running from the country in terror, “fleeing for her life,” Wise said.
McAfee’s descent into darkness began in 2008, after the death of a colleague. He had been involved in a new sport involving low-flying tricycles, Wise said — a strange twist to the bizarre tale.
Following that incident, McAfee’s life changed around, Wise said. Although a one-time drug user, the computer expert had cleaned up his act.
“Mcafee had been a hard-core drug addict in his 30s and 40s. He had a heart attack right around the time he sold his company for $100 million,” Wise told FoxNews.com. He moved to Belize and apparently pursued several lines of business, from creating a new form of herbal medicine to helping save the country from poverty.
He also became deeply involved with bath salts, Wise said, a dangerous drug notorious for its psychotic effects.
Faull’s wife Vicki told CNET that she didn’t know many details about her husband’s death and only was informed of it yesterday morning. “I just know that McAfee alienated a lot of people around him. Frankly, I was surprised to hear that he was still living there
“Around the time his herbal drug plan collapsed, he started to get really heavily into this kind of synthetic, hallucinogenic hyper-aphrodisiac,” Wise told FoxNews.com. “Everyone was scared of McAfee. He was walking around the beach carrying a gun.”