— Lawrence Haynes (@lodhaynes) November 12, 2012
Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Paul, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Paul was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Paul filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior.” Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.
Evidently, McAfee’s behavior has been extremely erratic, probably due in no small part to his experimentation with psychoactive drugs. McAfee had posted extensively on a Russian drug message board about his quest to purify psychoactive drugs, such as “bath salts,” and about testing the products on himself (including using a technique known as “plugging,” or rectal insertion). During the past several months, he spent time in the Belizean jungle attempting to synthesize drugs from native plants as well as associating with known drug gangsters.
Twitterers aren’t quite sure what to make of the news:
— Jim Hunter (@modeps) November 12, 2012
— noTHINGfaced (@noTHINGfaced) November 12, 2012
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) November 12, 2012
— soolebop (@soolebop) November 12, 2012
— Don Sears (@donzosears) November 12, 2012
— Olivia Hsu (@oliviahsu) November 12, 2012
— Adam Besvinick (@Besvinick) November 12, 2012
So John McAfee of McAfee PC security fame is apparently wanted for murder, according to Gizmodo. What?
— Alistair Charlton (@Alistair1990) November 12, 2012
— gregotto (@gregotto) November 12, 2012
This is cray – McAfee founder wanted to for murder gizmo.do/4zzugr
— Peter Ha (@ThePeterHa) November 12, 2012
This story about the McAfee Anti-Virus guy is totally bonkers. On the lam in Belize for murder: gizmodo.com/5959812/john-m…
— Odd Hack (@Odd_Hack) November 12, 2012
Elmo is doing teenage boys. Antivirus man McAfee is murdering people. This is going to be a weird week.
— Jeff Grubb (@JeffGrubb) November 12, 2012
Just another manic Monday.