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John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDPV, now wanted for murder

By profesor, Nov 13, 2012 | Updated: Dec 27, 2012 | | |
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    Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

    Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Faull was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California Florida. The two men 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." Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.
    UPDATE: Here is the official police statement:
    MURDER
    On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 ¾ miles North of San Pedro Town where they saw 52 year old U.S National Mr. GREGORY VIANT FAULL, of the said address, lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head apparently dead. Initial investigation revealed that on the said date at 7:20am LUARA TUN, 39years, Belizean Housekeeper of Boca Del Rio Area, San Pedro Town went to the house of Mr. Faull to do her daily chores when she saw him laying inside of the hall motionless, Faull was last seen alive around 10:00pm on 10.11.12 and he lived alone. No signs of forced entry was seen, A (1) laptop computer brand and serial number unknown and (1) I-Phone was discovered missing. The body was found in the hall of the upper flat of the house. A single luger brand 9 mm expended shells was found at the first stairs leading up to the upper flat of the building. The body of Faull was taken to KHMH Morgue where it awaits a Post Mortem Examination. Police have not established a motive so far but are following several leads.
    As we reported last week, McAfee has become increasingly estranged from his fellow expatriates in recent years. His behavior has become increasingly erratic, and by his own admission he had begun associating with some of the most notorious gangsters in Belize.

    Since our piece ran on last week, several readers have come forward with additional information that sheds light on the change in McAfee's behavior. In July of 2010, shortly before Allison Adonizio pulled the plug on their quorum-sensing project and fled the country, McAfee began posting on a drug-focused Russian-hosted message board called Bluelight about his attempts to purify the psychoactive compounds colloquially known as "bath salts."

    Writing under the name "stuffmonger," a handle he has used on other online message boards, McAfee posted more than 200 times over the next nine months about his ongoing quest to purify psychoactive drugs from compounds commercially available over the internet. "I'm a huge fan of MDPV," he wrote. "I think it's the finest drug ever conceived, not just for the indescribable hypersexuality, but also for the smooth euphoria and mild comedown."

    Elsewhere, he described his pursuit of "super perv powder" and warned about the dangers of handling the freebase version of the drug: "I had visual and auditory hallucinations and the worst paranoia of my life." He recommended that the most effective way to take a dose is via rectal insertion, a procedure known as "plugging," writing: "Measure your dose, apply a small amount of saliva to just the tip of your middle finger, press it against the dose, insert. Doesn't really hurt as much as it sounds. We're in an arena (drugs/libido) that I navigate as well as anyone on the planet here. If you take my advice about this (may sound gross to some of you perhaps), you will be well rewarded."

    Just before posting for the last time on April 1, 2011 (a date that for McAfee may well have been freighted with intentional significance), Stuffmonger identified himself as "John" and described his work pursuing quorum-sensing compounds and posted photos of his property in Orange Walk. In signing off, he explained that "the on-line world is more of a distraction than the self induced effects of the many experiments I've done using my own body over the past year or so, and I have work to do."

    MDPV, which was recently banned in the US but remains legal in Belize, belongs to a class of drugs called cathinones, a natural source of which is the East African plant khat. Users report that it is a powerfully mind-altering substance. In the comments section to my last Gizmodo piece, reader fiveseven15 writes: "mdpv is serious shit. would explain his paranoia and erraticness. i've been thru that. i played with mdpv for about two weeks, then started seeing shadow people in the corner of my eye, and what amphetamine heads call 'tree-cops'... its essentially really, REALLY f-ed up meth."

    On his website, addiction specialist Paul Earley warns about the dangers of MDPV: "Our experience clearly warns of the psychiatric and medical dangers of this drug. We have cared for multiple patients who have abused MDPV; they report intense and unpleasant visual hallucinations after a short binge. The drug feels non-toxic with its first use, but following a moderate binge users suffer mild to moderate paranoia… in about 10% of individuals who use higher doses, we have observed a sustained psychotic state with intense anxiety lasting 3 to 7 days."

    McAfee's intensive use of psychosis-inducing hallucinogens would go a long way toward explaining his growing estrangement from his friends and from the community around him. If he was producing large quantities of these chemicals, as implied on Bluelight, that would also shed light on his decision to associate with some of Belize's most hardened drug-gang members.

    McAfee's purported interest in extracting medicine from jungle plants provided him a wholesome justification for building a well-equipped chemistry lab in a remote corner of Belize. The specific properties of the drugs he was attempting to isolate also fit in well with what those closest to him have reported: that he is an enthusiastic amateur pharmacologist with a longstanding interest in drugs that induce sexual behavior in women. Indeed, former friends of McAfee have said he could be extremely persistent and devious in trying to coerce women who rebuff his advances to have sex with him.

    One other aspect of Stuffmonger's postings gibe with McAfee's general MO: his compulsion for making outrageous or simply erroneous assertions, even attached to subjects about which he is being generally sincere. Along with photographs of his lab near Orange Walk, for instance, he posted a picture of a decrepit thatched-roof hut and described it as original home in Belize. He seemed similarly to have embellished his descriptions of his feats of chemical prowess on the Bluelight discussion board, and this ultimately aroused the suspicions of his fellow posters. "Stuffmonger's claims were discredited," a senior moderator later wrote, "and he vanished."


    Jeff Wise

    http://gizmodo.com/5959812/john-mcafee-wanted-for-murder

Comments

  1. Rob Cypher
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    Bluelight, eh? Why am I not surprised? [/snark]

    Seriously, he's in a world of trouble now. I wonder if he took off to another country.
  2. Rob Cypher
    [UPDATE] Murder Suspect John McAfee: I’m Innocent

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29690&stc=1&d=1352909673[/IMGR] John McAfee Says He’s Innocent and Thinks the Murder Was Actually Meant for Him

    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.

    McAfee blames the death of the dogs on the Belizean authorities, with whom he has been tangling for months. In April, the Gang Suppression Unit raided his property on the mainland and accused him of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing unlicensed weapons. Those charges were dropped but McAfee believes that the government has a vendetta against him. He believes the death of his dogs was just another attempt to get him to leave the country.

    “The coast guard dropped off a contingent of black-suited thugs at 10:30 tonight at the dock next door,” McAfee wrote me in an e-mail Friday night. “They dispersed on the beach. A half hour later all of my dogs had been poisoned. Mellow, Lucky, Dipsy, and Guerrero have already died.”

    For months, I have been investigating McAfee’s claims against the government and the government’s charges against him. While I was interviewing him in Belize in August, one of his neighbors complained about the dogs. Anytime someone walked by on the beach, the animals would charge the fence and bark. In addition, McAfee employed a contingent of armed guards to protect the property. They walked the perimeter carrying shotguns. The neighbor was scared. The next morning, McAfee hired a carpenter to build another fence to keep the dogs away from the beach.

    When I spoke to McAfee Saturday morning, I asked him if he thought a neighbor might have been involved in the demise of the dogs given that they had voiced complaints. McAfee dismissed the possibility. “They’re still dog lovers,” he said. “And I talked to them this morning. No one here would ever poison the dogs.”

    He spoke specifically about Faull. “This is not something he would ever do,” McAfee said. “I mean, he’s an angry sort of guy but he would never hurt a dog.”

    Faull, who moved to Belize from central Florida, has had at least one run-in with the police himself — in the U.S. In December 2009, the 5-foot-11, 220-pound Faull was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s office and charged with aggravated battery.

    Marco Vidal, the head of Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit, says that McAfee is a “prime suspect” in Faull’s death and rejects McAfee’s assertions that the GSU is framing him. “Absolutely no truth,” Vidal says. “This guy amazes me every day. We don’t have anything personal against Mr. McAfee. There is no need for us to poison dogs.”

    The police spent several hours Sunday searching for evidence and confiscated a number of weapons. While I was interviewing him over the summer, I observed 9mm Luger ammunition sitting on his dining room table, but McAfee says both of his 9mm guns were confiscated by the police during the April raid.

    McAfee is currently on the run from the police. “Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country,” he told me this afternoon. “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.”

    Nonetheless, McAfee insists he has no plans to leave the country. “I like it here,” he says. “It’s the nicest place on earth.”

    The complete story of McAfee’s journey from high-profile tech entrepreneur to accused murderer will appear in Wired’s January issue.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/11/threatlevel_1112_mcafee/
  3. Rob Cypher
    John McAfee left anti-virus company 20 years ago, moved to Belize to evade US lawsuit

    John McAfee left firm 20 years ago, moved to Belize to evade US lawsuit

    John McAfee, the man who originally founded McAfee Security, is now wanted for murder in Belize. He has been named as the prime suspect in the death of another American expat, Gregory Faull, who was shot and killed in his home Saturday evening in San Pedro Town, off the Belizean mainland.

    Ars e-mailed and called the American embassy in Belmopan, the Belizean capital, to find out if McAfee had requested or received consular assistance, but embassy officials have not yet replied.

    As Gizmodo and others have been reporting on for years, the murder suspect has been something of an eccentric adventurer and entrepreneur. He was effectively forced from the company he founded in the early 1990s, but he managed to take in around $100 million in the process. Since then, among other things, he pioneered something called “aerotrekking,” a short-lived thrill “sport” of sorts that involves high-speed low-altitude flying over the desert with hang gliders outfitted with engines.

    In 2006, McAfee was charged with a wrongful death lawsuit in an aerotrekking accident that left a man named Robert Gilson dead.

    "I think he is trying to liquidate all property that could be used to collect a judgment, so that it's all beyond the reach of execution in the United States," Frank Fleming, an aviation law specialist, told Fast Company in 2010. "So long as McAfee and the vast majority of his wealth remain in Belize, it's going to be very hard for the family of Robert Gilson to collect any judgment won against McAfee in court."

    Since then, McAfee has reportedly been spending his time researching MDPV, a stimulant that can produce similar effects to methamphetamine. It is illegal in the United States.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/mcafee-security-founder-wanted-for-murder-in-belize/
  4. Alfa
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    So how did they find his forum account name? Especially since his posts are old.
  5. Rob Cypher
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    Apparently quite a few people knew him from his online antics, including a few people in my social media (FB, twitter, etc) circles. Also he seemed to have a thing for talking via sock puppet accounts, all which had IPs directing back to Belize.
  6. Basoodler
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder


    I would think the IP would have to be confirmed to be used as evidence. Unless he had pages saved on his computer which would make the ID process easier.

    The site and password would also be saved on the PC as cookies or in an encrypted key chain etc.
  7. Rob Cypher
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    Here's a (too long for D-F, I think) Gizmodo article about his time with every girl he ever had sex with in Belize! It was pierced together from various posts on a certain drugs forum that shall not be named here ;)

    The Crazy Secret Journal of John McAfee, Volume 1: The Girl Assassin

    http://gizmodo.com/5960138/the-crazy-secret-journal-of-john-mcafee-volume-1
  8. Rob Cypher
    Audio: McAfee, Still in Hiding, Predicts ‘They Will Track Me Down’

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30162&stc=1&d=1354584769[/IMGR]Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is still on the run, hiding in the bottoms of boats and cars, sleeping on a mattress infested with lice, and finally taking refuge in homes at undisclosed locations in Belize.

    “Obviously, given enough time, they will track me down,” he said in an exclusive interview this morning. “It’s just a matter of time.”

    McAfee phoned me again at 6:13 a.m. Belize time and described his last 48 hours on the lam. With his permission I recorded our interview, which you can hear above.

    McAfee, 67, is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American expatriate and neighbor of McAfee’s. Faull was found dead in his villa Sunday morning, shot once in the back of the head. Faull had complained about the barking of McAfee’s dogs — he kept 11 at his beachside compound — and four of those dogs were poisoned Friday night.

    When police arrived at McAfee’s property to question him and search the premises Sunday afternoon, McAfee hid, burying himself in sand and covering his head with a cardboard box. He says he spent 18 hours hiding on his property before slipping away.

    His reason, he explained to Wired this morning: He believes he’ll be tortured or killed by Belizean authorities if captured. “You know what happens in Central American jails in order to get information. I fully expect to have signed statements saying God knows what,” he said. “If you put enough pain on someone, they will say or sign anything.”

    And so, he says, he’ll remain in hiding as long as possible. “I’m unable to move. All the police, all the media have my photo. It’s a small country,” he said. “If I leave this house, I would be identified immediately and nabbed.”

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/11/john-mcafee-audio-interview/
  9. source
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    This is an excellent thread profesor, really intriguing story, keep us all posted on any developments that you find because I'm really interested to see how this pans out, whether he gives himself up or stays on the run. The truth about what happened to his neighbour has to come out sooner or later. I have my suspicions like everyone else no doubt has!

    Just a quick note though, can you edit the title please as its MDPV not MDVP.

    Thanks :thumbsup:
  10. Rob Cypher
    Blog claims anti-virus software pioneer McAfee captured by police in Belize

    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30160&stc=1&d=1354584474[/IMGR] Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee, wanted by authorities in Belize for his neighbor’s murder, has been captured after weeks on the run, his blog claimed Saturday.

    “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico,” his official blog whoismcafee.com said.

    The website, which McAfee launched to counter what he sees as erroneous claims by the media or authorities about him, said it would provide more information as it became available.

    Police say they simply want to question the 67-year-old about the murder of fellow American Gregory Faull, a Florida native who was found dead at his home last month in a pool of blood on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye.

    Faull, 52, was shot in the back of the head, according to a police report. There were no signs of a break-in, and a laptop and cell phone were missing.

    McAfee has said he fears for his life and was fleeing authorities with whom he has been at odds ever since refusing to make a donation to a local politician’s campaign.

    In Belize, a source at the US embassy speaking privately said people close to McAfee, in the town of Carmelita, in the San Pedro area, had denied that he was captured. A police spokesman meanwhile said he had no information on a possible arrest.

    (EDIT: This turned out to be a false story, but many in the mainstream press bought it at the time. Oh well.)

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/01/report-anti-virus-software-pioneer-mcafee-captured/
  11. source
    Re: John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, experimented with MDVP, now wanted for murder

    Knew it was only a matter of time before he got captured - someone that famous it wasn't really going to take long.
    Interesting... so they only want to 'question' him - it'll be an arrest and a charge soon, keep eyes peeled!!
  12. Pondlife
  13. source
    Oh. So he hasn't been captured :D

    Man reading through some of those comments on his blog:

    Makes it sound like he is on a quest for the Holy Grail ffs :confused:
  14. Rob Cypher
    John McAfee denies being arrested, says he's left Belize, is still on the run

    [IMGR="white]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30159&stc=1&d=1354584304[/IMGR]Software company founder John McAfee said Monday he has fled from Belize using a bizarre ruse, adding yet another chapter in what threatens to become one of the biggest media fugitive frenzies since O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase in 1994.

    McAfee claimed in a blog posting he had evaded authorities by staging an elaborate distraction in neighboring Mexico.

    In an email to The Associated Press, McAfee confirmed a posting to his website in which he described, in what appeared to be joking tones, how he mounted the ruse.

    ‘‘My ‘double,’ carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior,’’ McAfee wrote in the posting, ‘‘but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.’’

    It was a turn typical of the bizarre saga of the eccentric anti-virus company founder wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of fellow American ex-pat Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death at the Belize island where they both had homes in early November.

    Since then, McAfee has refused to turn himself in for questioning saying he fears Belizean police would kill him, and has titillated the media with phone calls, emails and blog posts detailing his life on the lam. It has all resulted in a rather undignified media scrum to get interviews with McAfee, complete with taunts.

    Vice magazine, two of whose journalists are reportedly traveling with McAfee, posted a story entitled ‘‘We Are with John McAfee Right Now, Suckers.’’

    A representative of the Faull family said Monday that the real issues — the murder of an American who by all accounts was well-liked by his neighbors on Belize’s Ambergris Caye — are getting lost.

    ‘‘The real issues are that a human life was violently taken, (and) authorities lack all the information ... we’re beyond the danger of them being lost, it’s become entertainment. This is tragic to the family,’’ said Dan Keeney of Texas-based DPK Public Relations, who has issued statements on behalf of the Faull family.

    A woman who answered the phone at an Orlando, Florida phone number listed for Vickie Faull confirmed she was a relative and said that Keeney spoke on behalf of the family, but had no further comment.

    ‘‘Mr. McAfee is astute at media manipulation, and he’s using those skills to great effect,’’ said Keeney. ‘‘I would just caution the media not to let themselves be manipulated.’’

    Keeney added in email that ‘‘we strongly urge journalists covering the McAfee story not to glorify the words and actions of this person who, by refusing to cooperate and tell police all he knows about the murder of Greg Faull, is harming the investigation of the murder.’’

    ‘‘The family of Mr. Faull is concerned that journalists may be assisting Mr. McAfee either implicitly by helping him to create an elaborate fiction that undermines trust in authorities or explicitly in his efforts to escape.’’

    Police in Belize have called McAfee a ‘‘person of interest’’ in the slaying of Faull and asked him to turn himself in for questioning.

    Faull was shot to death in his home, a couple of houses down from the compound where McAfee kept several noisy dogs, armed guards and entertained a steady stream of young women brought in from the mainland. McAfee acknowledges that his dogs were bothersome and that Faull had complained about them, but denied killing Faull. Several of the dogs were poisoned shortly before Faull’s killing.

    For two weeks, McAfee refused to turn himself in and claimed to be hiding in plain sight, wearing disguises and watching as police raided his house. It was unclear, however, how much of what McAfee — a confessed practical joker — said and wrote was true.

    McAfee did not describe the entire plan, nor did he say where exactly he was now. He noted only that ‘‘we are not in Belize, but not quite out of the woods yet.’’

    In a previous interview with the AP, McAfee had said he had no plans to leave Belize.

    ‘‘I'm not going to leave this country,’’ he had told the AP. ‘‘I love this country, this is my home. I intend to fight the injustice that’s here from here, I can’t do much from outside, can I?’’

    In Monday’s post, McAfee said he left Belize because he thought ‘‘Sam,’’ the young Belizean woman who has accompanied him since he went on the lam, was in danger.

    ‘‘I left Belize because of a series of events which led both Sam and I to believe that she was in danger of capture. She has been my go-between and my eyes and ears in the outside world. I decided to make the move. I will be returning to Belize after I have place (sic) Sam in a safe position. My fight is in Belize, and I can do little in exile.’’

    Police sources in Belize said early Monday they believed he was still in the country. The sparsely populated border between the two countries is unguarded and unmarked in many places.

    Rumors arose over the weekend that McAfee had been caught, but Belizean police quickly denied that.

    Belize’s prime minister, Dean Barrow, has expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state: ‘‘I don’t want to be unkind to the gentleman, but I believe he is extremely paranoid, even bonkers.’’

    McAfee, who is extremely polite and coherent in telephone conversations, brushes off such accusations, telling the AP ‘‘if people want to call that paranoia, they can do so if you wish, that will not concern me.’’

    McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus program, has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that is named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.

    He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis. However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as calling that claim ‘‘not very accurate at all.’’ He has dabbled in yoga, ultra-light aircraft and producing herbal medications.

    McAfee has never said where he’s hiding. But in his blog, he has claimed to have disguised himself as a grungy street peddler and a foul-mouthed German tourist.

    http://www.boston.com/news/world/la...e-still-run/2xxSCtT4AlR6D8GB1XKlwL/story.html
  15. Rob Cypher
    Did Vice Magazine Accidentally Reveal the Location of John McAfee To Police?

    Everyone wants to know where John McAfee is.

    The notorious computer anti-virus pioneer is on the run from police in Belize, where he's wanted for questioning in connection to his neighbor's murder. Now it appears Vice Magazine accidentally revealed his location to the world—and the authorities hunting him. Or did it? Come along for the latest confusing chapter in a very twisted story.

    If you haven't been following the tale of John McAfee, the 67-year-old founder of the antivirus company McAfee, Inc., you've missed out on one of the weirder stories of the year. McAfee was living a self-exiled life in Belize keeping a harem of prostitutes and apparently experiment with drug manufacturing. Last month, his neighbor was murdered and police named him a person of interest. McAfee fled, and has since become a traveling media shitshow, keeping the world up to date about his life on the lam on his blog, taunting authorities and blabbing to just about anyone who would listen.

    [...]

    But this afternoon, it seemed like his life on the lam had come to a strange end when tits-and-drugs rag Vice accidentally revealed McAfee's location. In a blog post, Vice Editor-In-Chief Rocco Castoro boasted that he was hanging out with John McAfee to make a documentary about him. Accompanying the post was the photo above of Castoro and McAfee, taken by Vice photographer Robert King. It had been taken with an iPhone and hadn't been scrubbed of GPS data, which revealed it was taken just three hours earlier in Guatemala, near the border with Belize. You can see the exact GPS coordinates here [in picture attachment below; too large to display properly in the article].

    McAfee's doomed, right? But soon after the screw-up was noticed by Twitter users, McAfee took to his blog and claimed that he in fact had faked the data as a ruse to protect himself and tricked Vice into posting it. In a post he wrote: " I, for my own safety, manipulated the xif data on the image taken from my cellphone, and created a fake emrgency so that the urgency of movement led, as I knew it would, to the hasty posting on their website. " Uh huh.

    While McAfee does have a long, colorful history of hoaxes, why would he immediately admit to this trick, if he was actually trying to plant a false flag and mislead authorities? In any event, he had enough time to sit down and write this blog post, so he didn't seem in immediate danger of being caught, or to be too upset with the Vice guys. The journalists are apparently no longer with McAfee, and we'll be waiting for their side of the story.

    http://gawker.com/5965341/did-vice-...on-of-fugitive-anti+virus-pioneer-john-mcafee
  16. Basoodler
    What in gods name is he talking about . I guess if he is really not where the GPS says.. his quick apology will probably get the authorities to continue to look in the location on the gps .. this quick .. " I am not in that location, I meant to throw you off" sounds like an "oh shit" move.
    From the blog .. the post before "another apology"

    How did he a white dude find a "double" in Mexico? Its not like there are tons of 67 year old white guys hanging around in rural Mexico..

    How do you hire a double anyway?
    I figure its pretty hard to find a person that looks just like you , and is willing to go to Mexico and get arrested for you

    I kinda suspect he was arrested and bailed himself out
    If the police don't give a shit. Why have elaborate schemes to evade them?

    It seems like he is generating and elevating hype about his own exile without the police having to pursue. He said the double was arrested after pre-planned mischief. Which I assume means the "double" actually had to commit a crime to get arrested..

    Is he too narcissistic to allow the chase to fizzle out this quickly?
    The paranoia, dilutions of grander and narcissism remind of my lifelong best friend who went to meth in a bad way to the point his psychosis and paranoia bled into his reality. Now he is always looking over his shoulder , trying to thwart government plots etc..
  17. RoboCodeine7610
    The millionaire that created Mcafee needs to drug women to get laid?Is it really that small?

    Fucking bathsalts...why are people so stupid?

    Robo
  18. Basoodler
    McAfee admits that magazine screwed up, revealed his secret location

    Twitter users are hootin' and hollerin' at Vice magazine after antivirus pioneer John McAfee apparently admitted the news organization screwed up yesterday and revealed his secret location. The mag had posted a pic of the fugitive, on the run for murder, with the title "We are with John McAfee right now, suckers." The only problem with the photo? No one scrubbed it of its GPS data. McAfee initially tried to claim he faked the iPhone data to confuse everyone, but he has now apparently 'fessed up on his blog: "Yesterday was chaotic due to the accidental release of my exact co-ordinates by an unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters." The magazine says McAfee has hired an attorney in Guatemala

    http://t.now.msn.com/john-mcafee-co...a-after-secret-location-accidentally-revealed


  19. Pondlife
    Fugitive John McAfee flees Belize for Guatemala

    The founder of anti-virus software maker McAfee has crossed into Guatemala to seek political asylum.
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    John McAfee has been on the run in Belize following a police investigation into the murder of his neighbour.

    Belize officials said the software pioneer was a "person of interest" in the death of Florida businessman Gregory Faull on 11 November.

    The American has protested his innocence in an online blog and says he has been "harassed" by police.

    Appearing in public for the first time in weeks on Tuesday, Mr McAfee and his lawyer said he would petition the Guatemalan government to stay there.

    The multi-millionaire fugitive reportedly checked into the five star Villa Real hotel in Guatemala City after sneaking out of Belize. The hotel told the BBC that he checked out at 11:00 local time (17:00 GMT).

    He has hired a high-profile Guatemalan lawyer and told reporters: "Now that I'm here I can speak freely, I can speak openly".

    "Belize does not have a good track record of providing safety when they ask to question you. I felt much more secure crossing the border," Mr McAfee added.

    Eccentric lifestyle

    The 67-year old had earlier revealed that in order to go unnoticed, he changed his appearance by dying his hair and beard, sticking chewed bubble gum to his upper gums to fatten his face and staining his teeth.

    Mr McAfee has blogged and spoken to journalists regularly during his three weeks on the run, saying he was writing to publicise the treatment he had received at the hands of the police in Belize.

    Gregory Faull was found dead with a single gunshot to the head on 11 November. His Belize home sits next to Mr McAfee's compound on a tropical island.

    The US software creator is known to have had a long-running row with Mr Faull about the guard dogs he used to protect his compound.

    He denies any involvement in the businessman's death and says he went into hiding so he could stay close to his Belize home and conduct his own investigation into Mr Faull's death, adding that he had little faith that the island's police would find the murderer.

    In an interview with US TV station NBC, Mr McAfee offered a reward of $25,000 (£15,700) for the capture of the "person or persons" behind the killing.

    Speaking through a representative, the Faull family has said that they feel the death of their loved one has been overshadowed by the media frenzy the software pioneer has whipped up.

    McAfee has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that bears his name in the early 1990s.

    He moved to Belize about three years ago seeking lower taxes and has lived in semi-seclusion on a heavy guarded compound until recently.
  20. Pondlife
    Guatemala detains software guru McAfee, to expel him to Belize

    (Reuters) - Guatemalan police arrested U.S. software guru John McAfee on Wednesday for illegally entering the country and said it would expel him to neighboring Belize, which he fled after being sought for questioning over his neighbor's murder.

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    McAfee, 67, who had been in hiding for three weeks, crossed into Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to evade authorities in Belize who wanted to quiz him as "a person of interest" about the killing of fellow American Gregory Faull.

    "He entered the country illegally and we are going to seek his expulsion for this crime," Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said. McAfee was detained by Guatemalan police and a member of Interpol at the upscale Intercontinental hotel in Guatemala City.

    Government spokesman Francisco Cuevas said McAfee would be expelled to Belize and he expected the process to be completed by early Thursday morning. McAfee's lawyer Telesforo Guerra said he would seek an injunction to have him released.

    There is no international arrest warrant for McAfee. Police in Belize say he is not a prime suspect.

    McAfee was taken to a residence belonging to the immigration department guarded by a small group of police. He had been seeking political asylum in Guatemala, which has been embroiled in a long-running territorial dispute with Belize.

    One of Silicon Valley's first entrepreneurs to build an Internet fortune, McAfee made millions of dollars through the Internet antivirus that now carries his name. His behavior has been increasingly erratic in recent years.

    Residents and neighbors on the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, where McAfee has lived in Belize for about four years, say he is eccentric, impulsive, volatile and at times unstable, citing his love of guns and young women.

    McAfee has said he believes authorities in Belize will kill him if he turns himself in for questioning. Belize's prime minister has denied this and called him paranoid and "bonkers."

    "It ' s a wild, wild country," McAfee told Reuters in an interview in his hotel room just hours before his detention.

    "Everyone sees one part of Belize ," he said. " T hey think it's a wonderful, peaceful, lovely place, blue waters, so McAfee has got to be crazy. Maybe I am crazy. If I were, I wouldn't k now."

    In Belize, he was often seen with armed bodyguards dressed in camouflage, pistols tucked into his belt. McAfee's slain neighbor had complained about the loud barking of dogs that guarded his exclusive beachside compound.

    His run-in with authorities in Belize is a world away from a successful life in the United States, where the former Lockheed systems consultant started McAfee Associates in the late 1980s. McAfee has no relationship now with the company, which was sold to Intel Corp (INTC.O).

    NO REGRETS

    There was already a case against McAfee in Belize for possession of illegal firearms, and police had previously raided his property on suspicion he was running a lab to make illegal synthetic narcotics.

    He says he has not taken drugs since 1983.

    "(Before then) I took drugs constantly, 24 hours of the day, I took them for years and years. I was the worst drug abuser on the planet," McAfee said. "Then I finally went to Alcoholics Anonymous, and that was the end of it."

    But he has no regrets about the path his life has taken, or the loss of the lion's share of his fortune over the years and says he is happier now that he ca res less for material things.

    " My life has not declined, " he said. " My life has been on the increase ever since I decided that stuff - houses, money - doesn't mean much. I had more money than I could spend in million lifetimes. Why would I care?"

    McAfee says he has been persecuted by Belize's ruling party because he wouldn' t pay out some $2 million t o it.

    "The misunderstanding of the severity of their request for money was my big mistake," McAfee said. "Had I known that, I would maybe have said $2 million is way too much. Let 's negotiate something, just don't r ape me for the next seven months. Writing a check would have been a lot easier."

    The party has denied soliciting money from him.

    McAfee has been living in the tiny Central American nation for about four years, and wants to return to live there eventually. But he says he is being framed, and denies any involvement in his neighbor's killing.

    "We had one disagreement about a dog. I had disagreements with all my neighbors about my dogs. I had a disagreement with myself about my dogs. They were noisy," he said.

    "Why would I leave behind the body and all the evidence? " he asked. " I ' m not stupid."
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