Monday, November 12, 2012

Security software pioneer John McAfee wanted for questioning in Belize murder

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee -- yes, the John McAfee behind the antivirus software company McAfee -- is wanted for questioning in a murder. The news was first reported by tech blog Gizmodo, on Monday.

To be clear, McAfee is not wanted for murder, simply for questioning in a murder.

According to Marco Vidal, who is the head of the Belize national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull. Faull was shot to death on Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

The official police statement is as follows:

On Sunday the 11th November, 2012 at 8:00am acting upon information received, San Pedro Police visited 5 3/4 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 has been living in Belize as an expatriate for quite a while.

In addition, the reported stated that McAfee and Faull had been "at odds for some time." On Nov. 7, last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor's office, claiming that McAfee had discharged guns and exhibited "roguish behavior."

The final disagreement between the two men reportedly involved dogs.

It's unclear if it has anything to do with the case, but McAfee may have been suffering from the effects of drugs. According to the report, the former tech giant had taken to "posting on a drug-focused Russian message board about his attempts to purify the psychoactive compounds colloquially known as bath salts."

If you remember the recent spate of "zombie attacks," people like Rudy Eugene were thought to be using the drug. Eugene was found to not be using bath salts when he chewed off the face of victim Ronald Poppo.

The report said:
Writing under the name "stuffmonger," a handle [McAfee] used on other online message boards, [he] posted more than 200 times over the next nine months about his ongoing quest to purify psychoactive drugs from compounds commercially available over the Internet. "I'm a huge fan of MDPV," he wrote. "I think it's the finest drug ever conceived, not just for the indescribable hypersexuality, but also for the smooth euphoria and mild comedown."
In May, the security software pioneer was booked on drug charges in Belize.

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