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article imageMcAfee, accused of murder, to reporter: ‘They will track me down’

By Brian LaSorsa     Nov 13, 2012 in Crime
John McAfee, founder of the eponymous antivirus software company, told a reporter Tuesday that he believes Belizean authorities will track him down.
Wired contributor Joshua Davis says he has followed the case for the past six months, ever since McAfee was booked on drug and weapons charges in April.
“On Monday at six o’clock, I was awakened by the sound of a bullhorn, a megaphone,” McAfee said at the time. “This is clearly a military dictatorship where people are allowed to go and harass citizens based on rumor alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained. It is astonishing.”
He added that the raid was most likely the result of his refusal to donate to the district’s “political boss.”
Belizean officials are currently searching for McAfee in connection to the murder of his neighbor, 52-year-old American expatriate Gregory Faull. Police spokesman Raphael Martinez confirmed that Faull’s body was discovered Sunday morning and that a gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death.
Faull had filed a complaint with the mayor’s against McAfee’s exhibition of “roguish behavior,” including the discharge of firearms and the failure to stop his eleven dogs from barking late into the night. Four of the dogs were poisoned Friday night. Only when Belizean officials arrived to search the premises — which McAfee evaded by hiding on his own property for 18 hours, including a stint covered head-to-toe in sand — did he go on the run.
Two days later, Davis was awoken at 4:13 a.m by a phone call. McAfee was on the other end, lying on a lice-infested bed, by no choice of his own, at an undisclosed location in Belize. In the video posted by Wired, Davis described McAfee, who has allegedly been using online forums to brag about drug use, as “complex.”
“[He] was calling to tell me that the police were closing in,” Davis said. “He felt that the end was near . . . but he was not going to surrender because he was convinced that they would kill him.”
When asked why he believed the Belizean authorities were coming after him, McAfee explained that his against-the-grain attitude made local politicians uncomfortable.
“I’m one of the first foreigners to live here that has actually bumped up against them,” he said.
You can listen to the full phone call between Davis and McAfee here.
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