McAfee Not a Suspect in Murder Case: Belize Police
Technology Editor, CNBC.com
John McAfee, the founder of the software company McAfee, is not a "suspect," but a "person of interest" in the Belizean murder case of McAfee's neighbor, Belizean police told CNBC Wednesday.
The murder mystery involving McAfee as evolved from being interesting to downright weird over the last few days.
On Monday, police in Belize searched for the creator of McAfee — now owned by Intel — because they wanted to question him about the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull. The victim was also another U.S. citizen living in Belize.
Police have questioned other neighbors, but the computer virus software guru has not been home, according to a report from the AP. Still, a new report claims McAfee was at his home, at least until he saw Belizean police coming. McAfee himself told a technology reporter that upon seeing the authorities, he decided to hide himself in the sand because he feared for his life.
McAfee told CNBC that he is being accused of something he didn't do and that he's fearful for his safety. As a result, he's on the move every four hours.
McAfee told a Wired reporter that the Belizean government has a vendetta against him and will kill him if they find him. He said he believes whoever killed Faull may have actually intended to kill him instead, but made a mistake.
"I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house," McAfee reportedly told Davis. "He's dead. They killed him. It spooked me out."
Wired's Joshua Davis is posting Twitter updates from McAfee on his news feed. If you didn't think things could get more bizarre — check out Davis's updates.