John McAfee On The Run After Being Accused Of Murder In Belize

John McAfee, 67, founder of massive antivirus firm McAfee, is on the run from a murder charge according to Belize police.

The police of the Central American country have said that he is wanted in connection to the murder of American expat Gregory Faull who was gunned down in his home in the evening of Saturday 10th November.

Faull and McAfee lived near to each other on the Belize island Ambergris Caye, details are sketchy however it has been reported that the men have had disputes in the past.

Residents who live nearby to the two men have said that Faull, a builder who moved to Belize from Florida, was well-liked in the area. He said that he had filed a complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office stating that he had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior”. Faull also had an issue with McAfee’s many dogs, which would continuously bark at people who walked nearby. A few days before Faull was murdered McAfee’s dogs had been poisoned.

52-year-old Faull, was discovered by his housekeeper Luara Tun on Sunday morning lying face up in a pool of blood. He had a gunshot wound at the back of his head which is believed to be the cause of death. The housekeeper called the police who found no signs of forced entry. They discovered that a laptop and iPhone were missing and found a single luger brand 9mm extended shell at the top of the stairs.

Several media outlets have reported that McAfee has become increasingly estranged from fellow expatriates and friends in recent years and have cited his obsession with hallucinogenic drugs as one of the main reasons. They have said that his behavior has become unpredictable and that he had starting associating with people who were known to be notorious gangsters in Belize.

He has posted on numerous drug-related websites with regards to his experiments with psychoactive compounds known as ‘bath salts’. Using the online persona “stuffmonger” he has repeatedly written about his attempts to purify psychoactive drugs from commercially available compounds. Experts say that experimenting with drugs of this nature could lead to paranoia and other psychiatric problems.

On Sunday 11th November, the day that Faull’s body was discovered, police searched McAfee’s house to question him in connection to the murder, but he was nowhere to be found. According to an interview with Wired.com however, (which McAfee gave after going on the run) he was hiding on the property, buried in sand with a cardboard box over his head to help him breath.

In the exclusive interview, McAfee proclaimed his innocence but believes he is being targeted by the Belize authorities who he feels have a grudge against them. He believes that the authorities poisoned his dogs and said that he would not talk to the police about Faull’s murder because he says that they will kill him if they take him in custody.

McAfee told Wired that the only thing he knew about Faull’s murder was that he had been shot and expressed fear that his neighbor may well have been gunned down by mistake by people who had really intended to kill him.

He said:

“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. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”

Marco Vidal, who is head of Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit, firmly denied McAfee’s claims that they were the ones who poisoned his dogs and that they are out to get him. He stated the McAfee was the “prime suspect” in the Faull murder investigation.

Despite his belief that the authorities are out to get him, McAfee said that he would not be leaving the country because it was the “nicest place on earth”. Though how he intends to stay on the run in a place as small as Belize is a bit of a mystery!

Source: Gizmodo

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