Richi Jennings

McAfee captured? It ain't so, say authorities

December 03, 2012 6:25 AM EST

Recent reports say the fugitive John McAfee has been captured. Police in Belize just want to talk to him, they say. But McAfee says he can't trust the authorities in his adopted home country. Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)—which now owns McAfee's eponymous company—just wishes the story would go away.

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David Segal catches up with the story in Belize:

It started on Nov. 11, the morning that Gregory Faull, a 52-year-old American, was found dead. ... The police announced that a “person of interest”...was a neighbor, John McAfee, a Silicon Valley legend. ... [He] quickly melted into the island’s lush green forest.
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Before he went underground, Mr. McAfee led a noisy, opulent and increasingly stressful life here. ... [He] has since said on his blog that he had no choice but to flee because police and politicians...are corrupt and eager to kill him. ... Some McAfee watchers [say] he grew paranoid and perhaps psychotic after months of...MDPV, a psychoactive drug. ... Dr. Paul Earley, an addiction specialist in Atlanta, said...“The absence of any apparent side effects lures users into heavier and heavier doses and at some point [they] become psychotic and paranoid. ... Often they think the police are after them. That is the classic MDPV profile.”
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If [McAfee] was inclined toward paranoia, he’d found the right job; computer virus protection is all about fighting threats that you can’t see coming.  MORE

 
Martin Savidge and Chelsea J. Carter add:

The case began to unfold on November 9, when McAfee told police someone poisoned four of his dogs. ... Officials say the dogs' barking and aggressive behavior was a frequent source of friction between McAfee and Faull. ... Two days later someone shot Faull in the head. ... McAfee said he did not kill Faull and did not pay anybody to kill the man...adding his priority is to clear his name.
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McAfee's near daily "catch me if you can" game is wearing thin with investigators. ... Recently, he began a blog...to chronicle his time on the run, the media's portrayal of him and what he describes as harassment by the Belize government.
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McAfee founded his namesake computer security software in 1987. ... He sold his stake...in 1994.  MORE

 
But Brian Fitzgerald brings worrying news:

[We've] lost contact with Mr. John McAfee. ...we received a voicemail from an anonymous caller ID...“John was picked up crossing the Mexican border.” ...we cannot confirm...the message we received is accurate.
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We are very concerned for [his] safety and wellbeing. ...we would like to hear from any officials at the Belizean or Mexican governments if they have detained Mr. McAfee.  MORE

 
And McAfee's other webmaster, Chad Essley, adds :

I just received a strange call saying McAfee arrested at the Mexican border with a fake id. "They don't know its him."  MORE

 
Meanwhile, Paul McNamara is bemused:

...authorities in Belize are insisting that McAfee's whereabouts remain unknown. ... Believe what you will. ... As this bizarre tale has dragged on, I have found it more and more difficult to believe anything. ... This could well be the latest episode in what seems to have been McAfee's on-the-lam performance art.  MORE

 
Speaking of drugs, Charlie White asks the questionable questions:

What do you think? Is McAfee “stone-cold credible,” or is his story “almost amazing and unbelievably crazy,” as [CNN] put it in this unusual video.  MORE