John McAfee, antivirus kingpin, wanted for murder in Belize

You don't hear about murder in the tech industry too often, except when Product X "slaughters Product Y" in a performance benchmark. Yet this isn't performance related, being much more sinister. Antivirus kingpin John McAfee is wanted for murder by Belize police.

Believe it or not, the name behind the McAfee antivirus software has been connected with the shooting of Gregory Faull in San Pedro Town on the exotically-named Ambergris Caye island. Faull was a builder, according to the populace, and well-liked in the community. McAfee and Faull were at loggerheads in the past, and Faull complained of "roguish behavior" and some activity involving guns. The official police statement reads as follows:

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.

McAfee's activities have become a little more than just crazy lately, with the man having admitted his connections to some of Belize's most notorious criminal elements. Other stories seem to indicate that he was also trying to refine bath salts.

Essentially, John McAfee has been acting strangely for quite some time now, and it is possible that the erratic behavior of McAfee manifested itself in an action that he could be brought to justice for. Belize is known to carry the death penalty for crimes like these, although nobody has been executed since 1985.

Source: Gizmodo
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The man who was killed was a contractor in Orlando who owned the main sports bar on UCF campus.

I have this rule of thumb: If you're not guilty, don't f***ing run.

The summary version:

McAfee antivirus creator John McAfee is wanted in the Central American country of Belize in connection with the shooting of a builder on Saturday night, following a history of being completely mental

"history of being completely mental"? Either I'm reading it wrong or it seems rather a poor choice of words.


I have known John McAfee since I was in high school and worked for him at several of his companies, including McAfee Associates (1989-1995) and Tribal Voice (1995-2001). John took a leave of absence from McAfee Associates in 1993 due to health issues and had left the company by the following year. In other words, he had nothing to do with the direction of the company of development of its software beyond the DOS-era. The last version of the software he was directly involved in was for Window 3.1.

While I realize how gratifying it is to complain about people who seem larger-than-life like John McAfee, Peter Norton, Bill Gates and so forth, I think it is important to realize that they are people like the rest of us, and subject to the same whims of fate as any of us.

Sadly, the Gizmodo article, and all those which copied from it, seem more interested in sensationalizing than in providing facts.

It is my understanding that the police in Belize have a suspect in custody for the murder of Mr. Faull, and only wish to speak to John McAfee as a "person of interest" in the case. Given that they were neighbors, it may be something as routine as "did you hear or see anything the night Mr. Faull was murdered?"


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LaraBoft said,
Did he caught a virus?

I wasn't even going to read this thread but i knew someone would make a joke about maybe he got infected~ had a look and sure enough there it is felt you should know

i guess after all these years of creating mass paranoia among the idiots of computer users to sell his products, he finally bought into his own lies. karma's a south american beach. lmao.

isnt this the guy the local police / mayor or what ever were trying to black mail / threatening him for his money and he wouldnt give it up ? or was that another extremely rich computer guy? I remember reading about it .... this sounds really fishy !

SPEhosting said,
isnt this the guy the local police / mayor or what ever were trying to black mail / threatening him for his money and he wouldnt give it up ? or was that another extremely rich computer guy? I remember reading about it .... this sounds really fishy !

Yep, same guy. I too think this sounds fishy...

Kushan said,

No, they're actually two different programs.

.....unless I've missed a joke...

They're the same program in Windows 8, called Windows Defender.