“Paranoid” Fugitive John McAfee On The Run From Belize Government, Was He Captured?

John McAfee is an American computer programmer and founder of McAfee. He was one of the first people to design anti-virus software and to develop a virus scanner. Beginning in February 2010, McAfee started a new venture in the field of bacterial quorum sensing. His company QuorumEx is headquartered in Belize and is working towards producing commercial all natural antibiotics based on anti-quorum sensing technology. McAfee teaches yoga and has written several books about yoga. In a 2012 article via Mensa Bulletin, the magazine of American Mensa, he stated that being the developer of the first commercial anti-virus program has made him “the most popular hacking target,” adding “Hackers see hacking me as a badge of honor.” He said that for his own security he has other people buy his computer equipment for him, he uses pseudonyms for setting up computers and logging in, and changes his IP address several times a day. Maybe he uses the TOR browser to hide out and change his IP addys running it through several various proxies? Is he paranoid a bit? The story gets stranger from this point on and just makes McAfee look even crazier then the average millionaire genius that has too much time on his hands. But will the fun end for him as a report from his personal blog says, “We have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico. More information as it is received.” What do you think?

On November 8, McAfee donates the following supplies and weapons to San Pedro Police who he has given generously to: 40 Stun guns, 7 SWAT batons, Professional SWAT batons, 2 Security Pro batons, 60 assorted brands and types of pepper spray, 46 assorted heavy duty metal handcuffs, 12 Premium Led flashlights, 7 streetwise metal detectors, 5 High Sierra brand hydration backpacks and a battery charger. He also handed over a small vessel with engine to the San Pedro Police. The donation comes out of a public meeting on crime held last week in San Pedro. Mayor Daniel Guerrero explained that after the meeting McAfee reached out with an offer of equipment as well as use of his boat and apartments on northern Ambergris Caye.

On November 11, McAfee hid from police who showed up at his home by burying himself in sand and covering his head with a cardboard box. He said he spent 18 hours hiding on his property before fleeing. Since then, he said he has traveled by boat, cowered in taxis and slept in a lice-infested bed. McAfee stated, “The police have been to my house seven times. I expect them to uncover a cache of fully automatic weapons, 4 tons of cocaine. Maybe a Soviet submarine.”

On November 14, Belize police started a search for McAfee solely as a “person of interest” in connection to the murder of expatriate Gregory Viant Faull. Faull was found dead of a gunshot wound on November 10, at his home on the island of Ambergris Caye. Faull was a neighbor of McAfee. No one has been formally charged. Police in Belize also said they had detained three people for questioning in regards to the murder. McAfee said the three (actually six) detainees were: William Mulligan (bodyguard), Cassian Chavaria (groundskeeper) and a local taxi driver, Cesar Trapp. McAfee said about the arrests in a call to Joshua Davis from Wired Magazine: “This is exactly what happened to Soviet dissidents when Stalin took power. If they could not catch the man himself, they rounded up all of his friends.”

In an interview with Wired Magazine, McAfee maintains his innocence and has said he does not want to give himself up because he is afraid the authorities will torture or kill him. Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow called McAfee’s statements “nonsense,” noting he had “never met the man” and that the media attention McAfee had attracted was offering him “the best possible safeguard. It’s not as if the police have said he is a suspect and certainly there is no question at this point of charges pending. The fact that this is smeared across international headlines means the police would have to act extremely cautiously in the full glare of the public spotlight.” Barrow also added to his statement, “I don’t want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid – I would go so far as to say bonkers. He ought to man up and respect our laws and go in and talk to the police.”

On November 15, a report from Gizmodo says McAfee, using his stuffmonger alias, posted some questions to a private message board asking for information about how phone tracking works: “How long does it take for a phone company to triangulate a cell phone signal? With what accuracy? Is there any way to confuse/delay the system? If a cell phone is turned off, but the battery is installed, is there any way to locate the phone? Are there any brands of phones are more/less difficult to triangulate?” Answers to McAfee’s questions ranged from useful to speculative, but according to Gizmodo, one forum poster’s response might have summed it up best: “Well this is awkward…” I am pretty shocked myself…

On November 16, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph McAfee explained why he refuses to turn himself in to Belize authorities. In one of the telephone interviews with McAfee he responded to Belize Prime Minister questioning his sanity. That same day McAfee told CNBC where he had been hiding the whole time, “I am, where I am most of the time. I am certainly inside my compound.” Wired quoted McAfee as saying, “You can say I’m paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question. They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody’s side.”

On November 17, McAfee starts a blog called The Hinterland, the same name of an upcoming graphic novel about McAfee by Chad Essley. In one of the first posts he takes an issue with Gizmodo’s writer Jeff Wise then he later apologizes to him.

On November 19, On McAfee’s blog he describes the steps he has taken to elude capture in Belize, including an elaborate disguise that includes shoving “a shaved down tampon deep into [his] right nostril.” The tampon, dyed brown at the end, leaves McAfee’s nose with “an awkward, lopsided, disgusting appearance,” he wrote. Aided by “ragged brown pants” and broken English “with a pronounced Spanish accent,” McAfee’s spent some time pretending to peddle “small wooden carvings” to tourists visiting the area. He says he has adopted other personas as well: A native vendor, selling tamales and burritos and an inebriated German tourist, “with a partially bandaged face and wearing speedo swimming trunks and a distasteful, oversized Hawaiian shirt and yelling loudly at anyone who would listen – ‘Leck mich umausch!'” He posted about punishment of the innocent,” adding “I am asking all people of conscience to read this blog, especially the links in the “Background” section, and see the ugly truth unfolding here.”

On November 22, McAfee publishes a transcript of an alleged conversation he claims to have obtained through secret recording devices kept on the grounds of his property between an ex-employee and a younger man who works for him. The transcript, taken from a recording posted on November 20, appears to implicate the older man in a plot to frame and murder McAfee, allegedly in retribution for firing him.

On November 29, According to McAfee at 10:45 A.M, the GSU and the Coast Guard raided his property in San Pedro. They confiscated approximately $400,000 worth of property – cameras, computers, police gear purchased for donations […] and other items. They spent 3 hours ransacking every one of his buildings. Its the 8th search of his property since his disappearance. It’s certain, in his mind that something or other was planted. What it may be, he has no clue. However, This is the first time that they have openly taken items from McAfee since the first raid in April 2012.

On November 30, according to McAffee the reason is one of the cases containing the weapons he donated to the police contained a bag of cocaine. McAffe denies that he takes or deals with those drugs. He says, “I would indeed have to be the stupidest man in the world to donate stuff to the police that contained cocaine.”

After reading the timeline of all the crazy stuff going on. Lets fast forward to today and the report coming from his site saying he has been captured. His site has been pretty quiet and so has the twitter of Davis who has been talking to him for the last several months. Over the past few weeks McAfee has spoken with many reporters and media trying to gain support to help his cause. He has even spoken with controversial people like Alex Jones and also Joe Rogan via Ustream and recorded phone calls. He has even received 18 offers from people who want to help extract him from Belize.

He also brought up the allegations that he has been using MDPV/Bath Salts denying any use of these highly addictive substances. He talked about the media portraying his as being paranoid saying, “The media has portrayed me as paranoid. I am a poor judge, since if I am paranoid, it is a paranoid mind judging itself.” He wants to know that he will live on through his journal of his life he has created. McAfee says, “If I am captured, this blog will continue. I have pre-written enough material to keep this blog alive for at least a year.” Which I believe is very possible he has written that much in advance, knowing he would soon enough be incarnated.

Do you think that McAfee has anything to do with the murder of his neighbor? Please share your thoughts, opinions and comments about this strange story down below…

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