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Murder Suspect and Bath Salts Enthusiast John McAfee Claims He’s Innocent

He buried himself in the sand to hide from police.
 Murder Suspect and Bath Salts Enthusiast John McAfee Claims Hes Innocent

(Photo: PC Mag)

John McAfee, creator of the anti-virus software your parents run on their desktop computer, is wanted by Belizean police for the alleged murder of his neighbor, fellow American expat Gregory Faull. Now he’s on the lam, hiding from law enforcement who he claims will kill him if he’s brought in for questioning. Perhaps his paranoia can be chalked up to his documented penchant for bath salts and other psychoactive drugs?

Wired nabbed an exclusive interview with Mr. McAfee from an unknown hiding place in Belize. He maintains his innocence–alluding to the fact that perhaps whoever killed Mr. Faull had meant to kill him instead–and elaborates on just how he managed to escape the clutches of the police. The whole thing sounds like an early-aughts drug movie starring Johnny Depp:

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.”

Mr. McAfee also claims that following several complaints from neighbors about his barking pack of security dogs, the Belizean police subsequently poisoned the animals to death.

Still, Mr. McAfee has no intention of leaving Belize. “It’s the nicest place on earth,” he told Wired. Except for that whole “the police want to kill you” thing.

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