John McAfee, the 67-year-old computer antivirus pioneer and former Molokai resident, is wanted for questioning in the killing of his neighbor in Belize.
American expatriate Gregory Faull, 52, was found dead Sunday in a pool of blood from an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head, according to a police report published in the tech gadget website Gizmodo.
The San Pedro Sun newspaper in Belize reported that police were looking for McAfee in connection with Faull’s death. Marco Vidal, director of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, told the newspaper that officers searching McAfee’s home next door found no one there.
A police spokesman told the Associated Press that Faull’s computer and phone were missing, but there were no signs of forced entry.
Yesterday, McAfee told ABC News that he did not kill Faull, and is now in hiding, fearful of what he calls a “corrupt government” in Belize that he believes is trying to kill him.
McAfee once owned several properties on Molokai. In August of 2009 he sold his 5.3-acre oceanfront estate on Papohaku Beach at auction for $1.575 million, far below the asking price of $3.7 million. Back in 2009 McAfee was reportedly worth about $4 million, from a peak of more than $100 million.
Back in 2004 McAfee had provided the start-up money for the creation of the Molokai Island Times newspaper. While he was not involved in the management of the newspaper, he was still closely associated with the publication.
Prior to the death of Faull, Gizmodo had reported on McAfee’s bizarre activities in Belize involving guns and the manufacturing of drugs. He had apparently set up a manufacturing lab in an attempt to purify the psychoactive compounds commonly known as “bath salts.”
According to the Gizmodo story, McAfee’s behavior “has become increasingly erratic, and by his own admission he had begun associating with some of the most notorious gangsters in Belize.”
Gizmodo said McAfee was involved in the “intensive use of psychosis-inducing hallucinogens” and that this “would go a long way toward explaining his growing estrangement from his friends and from the community around him.”
McAfee and Faull had been “at odds for some time,” Gizmodo wrote. Last week, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited ‘roguish behavior,'” Gizmodo reported. “Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.”