Antivirus guru John McAfee wanted for murder

Macworld Australia Staff
13 November, 2012
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Software guru of McAfee antivirus programs, John McAfee, is wanted for murder by the Belize police force.

According to website Gizmodo, McAfee is the prime suspect in a shooting over the weekend that resulted in the death of Gregory Faull, an American expatriate. It is believed that Faull was shot at his home in San Pedro Town, situated on the island of Ambergris Caye by McAfee, following a heated argument between the pair.

Details surrounding the altercation have not been made public, reports TMZ, but San Pedro police say that Faull had recently filed a formal complaint, with the local mayor’s office claiming McAfee had been firing guns and engaging in “roguish behaviour”.

Gizmodo published a statement from San Pedro police describing the murder scene where Faull was discovered lying face up “in a pool of blood” with a gunshot wound to his head. While no motive has been given, local police have confirmed McAfee is now “on the run from murder charges.”

McAfee sold his antivirus software company to Intel in 2010 for US$7 billion and has been living in Belize for some time. Since news of Faull’s murder broke, details of McAfee’s hedonistic lifestyle have emerged, with the Herald Sun citing alleged drug use, suspect business dealings and remote jungle compounds owned by the engineer.

Prior to the shooting, it was reported that McAfee’s neighbours were concerned by his increasingly bizarre behaviour, which included dealings with Brazilian gangsters.

While San Pedro police have named McAfee as the prime suspect, they have also confirmed a number of other leads in the murder case.

Macworld Australia will keep you posted as more details come to light.


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