McAfee Founder Arrested in Guatemala

Paul Lilly

After being on the run for three weeks, John McAfee was arrested on Wednesday by Guatemalan police, who said they would seek to expel the antivirus founder to Belize. McAfee had been identified as "a person of interest" in the murder of Gregory Faull, an American expatriate who was shot to death in his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. The two men and former neighbors had a history of arguing over various issues, including the time Fauli filed a complaint against McAfee for firing off guns and exhibiting "roguish behavior." The last known dispute they had was over dogs.

McAfee's descent from an antivirus guru to a man on the run is wildly bizarre , involving things like drugs and taking doses of bath salts through rectal insertion.

According to Reuters , McAfee hopped over to Guatemala with his 20-year-old girlfriend to avoid arrest, a strategy that obviously backfired. Interestingly, there is no international arrest warrant for McAfee, nor is he mentioned as a prime suspect. So why go on the run? McAfee feared that Belize authorities would kill him once detained, a notion that prompted Belize's prime minister to label him as "bonkers."

"It's a wild, wild country," McAfee told Reuters in an interview shortly before his arrest. "Everyone sees one part of Belieze. They think it's a wonderful, peaceful, lovely place, blue waters, so McAfee has got to be crazy. Maybe I am crazy. If I were, I wouldn't know."

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