UPDATED: A Billionaire, Beaches, Dogs, and a Murder
This plot thickens by the day…
The already epic saga of antivirus software guru John McAfee and his involvement in a Belize murder has taken another twist.
The enigmatic John McAfee, the antivirus software guru, was arrested and detained by Guatemalan police on Wednesday after entering the country illegally. Thus ended his mysterious sojourn as a fugitive who blogged about his brush with the law in Belize.
In November, he refused to turn himself in to authorities in Belize who named him a “person of interest” in the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull. He has been on the lam ever since, claiming his life would be in danger if he returns to Belize.
McAfee said on Wednesday that he requested asylum to Guatemala. His lawyer, Telesforo Guerra is urging Guatemalan judges to look at his case immediately due to alleged threats on his life in Belize.
The entire situation is rife with bizarre behavior and mystery.
McAfee had apparently had a series of arguments with his neighbors regarding allegations that he harbored illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia in his Belize beachfront home. He also admitted that his dogs were bothersome to Faull, and that Faull had repeatedly complained about the canines.
McAfee maintains his innocence in the murder case. Meanwhile, the Faull family has released a statement that the media frenzy surrounding McAfee’s potential involvement in the case has hindered the justice process.
At one point, McAfee blogged about having designed a ruse involving hiring a double with a fake passport in his name to enter Mexico.
“Belize does not have a good track record of providing safety when they ask to question you,” said McAfee.
A quintessential eccentric billionaire, McAfee absconded from silicon valley shortly after his company boomed in the 1980s. He claimed in 2009 that he had lost most of his $100 million fortune during the financial crisis, but his claims are not verified. He has a passion for ultra-light aircraft, herbal medications and yoga.
UPDATE: Upon entering custody, McAfee began to have heart attack like symptoms and was rushed to a nearby hospital. He has since been released… but this certainly makes the situation even more complex than it was before…
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