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Who Is John McAfee; and Is He Innocent?

Nov 13 2012
John McAfee

Before Tuesday John McAfee was best known for pioneering anti-virus software at a company that bore his name.

But now McAfee is regarded as the prime suspect in the murder of his neighbour on a Belize island where he moved following the sale of his company to Intel.

In an interview with McAfee denied any involvement in the murder and suggested that the killer may actually have been looking for him.

McAfee, 67, had been involved with a running feud with his neighbour Gregory Faull, 52, another expat who lived next door to the anti-virus pioneer on Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize. Faull's body was found Sunday in his home with a single gunshot [wound] to his head.

Belize police [say McAfee] is wanted for questioning in the case, Wired reported.

McAfee, who has had numerous run-ins with the Belize police over drugs and guns, told Wired that local authorities had a vendetta against him and that [he] eluded police by burying himself in the sand, using a cardboard box to breathe, when they came looking for him following the murder.

"It was extraordinarily uncomfortable," he told Wired. "But they will kill me if they find me."

Police told Wired that "there was absolutely no truth in McAfee's allegations. "This guy amazes me every day. We don't have anything personal against Mr McAfee," Mark Vidal, the head of Belize's anti-drug unit said.

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Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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