McAfee anti-virus software founder and millionaire John McAfee, 67, was arrested at the Vista Real Hotel after VICE.com reporters Robert King and Rocco Castoro documenting McAfee’s experience provided their audience a smartphone photograph of McAfee and Castoro with a GPS latitude and longitude location. McAfee was arrested by immigration police in Guatemala on Dec. 5, for entering the country illegally. McAfee is asking for asylum from Central America.
Earlier reports indicated that McAfee and his 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas fled his Boca del Rio Area, Ambergris Caye Island, Belize home, after the murder of neighbor Gregory Viant Faull, 52, between 1-7:20 a.m. Nov. 10. Faull, 220-lbs., and 5′-11″, was found face up and shot once in the back of his head with a Lugar 9mm bullet in his living room. Reporter Joshua Davis of Wired stated that he spotted Lugar bullets on McAfee’s dining room table last summer when he interviewed him.
The San Pedro Sun News reported Nov. 27: “Faull was found dead on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 11, and was last seen alive socializing sometime around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at a resort north of his residence.”
Faull, a recently divorced General Contractor from Oviedo, Fla., resided two homes away, a distance of 300 yards, is accused of poisoning McAfee’s noisy dogs on the rainy evening of Nov. 10 after several complaints to authorities from the neighborhood. Belizean Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez reported that Faull’s forms of communication, a laptop and IPhone were missing from the home.
The body of Faull was taken to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Morgue for Post Mortem Examination. He was later cremated after his family identified his remains.
The dogs were reportedly poisoned and later put to rest by gunshot. McAfee admitted to shooting the four dogs after they had signs of being poisoned which was reported to the San Pedro Police Department Nov. 9, 2012. The four dogs have been exhumed and taken to Belize Police Forensic Laboratory for ballistic testing.
Contrary to the story circulating about Faull’s murder, McAfee blames the Belizean government for the events leading up to the murder of Faull and poisoning his dogs after a series of bribes and police involvement in a third-world country. He told Associated Press that “he fears for his safety because he has sensitive information about official corruption and refused to succumb to the pressure by government officials to donate to local politicians.”
According to McAfee’s story after he was raided on April 30, 2012 he wired his property and dogs with recording devices. He somehow recorded three men talking about setting off a grenade and “taking care of a white man” which he posted on his website blog whoisMcAfee.com.
On the night of the murder McAfee noticed a Coast Guard boat pull up at the dock and drop some men off wearing all black clothes. He had been blogging about political injustice for over a year and keeping media abreast of police activities in Belize. After he noticed that his dogs weren’t barking as usual he checked on them and discovered that his dogs were poisoned a half hour after the men at the dock arrived. He sent an email before midnight on Nov. 9 to Jeff Wise stating such news.
The next morning police arrived and he thought that they were going to raid his home for a second time in seven months so he left to avoid being detained by the police again. McAfee disguised himself and returned to see what was the police were up to and learned that his neighbor’s body located two homes away was discovered dead.
Officer Martinez stated to media that on Nov. 11, seven shotguns were discovered at the McAfee home. Six were licensed. Two did not belong to McAfee. One may not have an issued license. The licenses were issued outside of the local district through the Punta Gorda Police Station headed by Inspector of Police Ernel Dominguez. Martinez has charged the licenses and the license holders with firearm offenses. This scenario rings familiar as it is similar to the April 2012 raid where the police had in their possession all of the licenses for firearms yet one was missing and McAfee and his security guards were falsely charged and arrested for possessing a gun without a license. McAfee was released and he acquired a copy of the missing license from his home and after presenting it the same day the police detained him and refused to release him again.
McAfee feared for his safety and Samantha’s on Nov. 11, since she and her family were threatened by police during the April 2012 raid.
McAfee claims that he planted listening devices and cameras on his dogs, cars, boats, trees and bushes after the Orange Walk raid. He learned that the Belizean government had solicited his neighbors and others associated with McAfee to provide insider information about him and his whereabouts.
One of the recording devices according to McAfee’s website blog captured former United Democratic Party (UDP) Carmelita Village Chairman Anthony Rhaburn “trying to convince one of my employees to help the government kill me.”
The recorded voices uploaded to his website whoisMcAfee.com are of two or three men talking about detonating a grenade and potentially harming a white man. “We wah deal wid di white man, and wi wah plant di ting deh, and wih wah call di high man deh when wi plant di ting.”
McAfee wrote, “The recordings from the devices have been duplicated” and “are safely in the States, in vaults of Lombard Odie & Cie in Switzerland, and Banco Pinchincha C.A. in Ecuador.”
Trouble began after McAfee founded QuarumEx, in 2008 in Belize which manufactured Topic-QX, an herbal all natural quorum sensing disrupting topical anti-infectant. The Belizean government began soliciting McAfee for large donations to political parties and the police.
As a result of pressure from the government McAfee donated a $1 million dollar boat to the Coast Guard in 2009, as a “bribe [to] members of the coast guard to prevent them from hassling his ferry business.”
Earlier this year on April 30, 2012 at 5 a.m. the unlocked McAfee residence doors in Orange Walk were smashed with sledgehammers and the home was raided by 42 police, soldiers, SWAT team and Special Forces. The claim from the government was that McAfee refused to allow a health inspection and so the government suspected methamphetamine manufacturing was taking place.
McAfee stated in his website blog that the officers stole some valuable things from his home during the April 2012 raid.
McAfee later wrote in his website blog, “This is clearly a military dictatorship where people are allowed to go and harass citizens based on rumor alone and treat them as if they are guilty before any evidence whatsoever is obtained.”
McAfee was detained by police for manufacturing methamphetamines and told Jeff Wise a journalist for Gizmodo his “firearms consisting of eight shotguns, two Taurus CZ 9-mm pistols, five air-rifles, 270 shotgun cartridges, 30 Lugar 9-mm pistol rounds, and twenty .38 rounds were confiscated.”
According to McAfee’s statement, the officer took the firearm licenses and put them in his vest then compared them with the firearms. One license he claimed was missing. They arrested McAfee for an unlicensed firearm and released him. McAfee traveled the 52-miles back to his home to retrieve copies of the firearm licenses and brought the missing license to the Belize police department. The police detained McAfee again for 16-hours at the Queens Street station and would not release him so he called the U.S. Embassy and he was released without charges. The police learned that each of the firearms was licensed and McAfee was not manufacturing an illegal drug.
Seven months later on Thursday Nov. 8, 2012 McAfee donated some equipment including McAfee donated 40 Stun guns, numerous batons, 60 assorted brands and types of pepper spray along with handcuffs, flashlights, metal detectors and many other items to the San Pedro Police Station.
McAfee stated to Wired reporter Joshua Davis after 11 p.m. in an email on Nov. 9, “The coast guard dropped off a contingent of black-suited thugs at 10:30 tonight at the dock next door.” “They dispersed on the beach. A half hour later all of my dogs had been poisoned. Mellow, Lucky, Dipsy, and Guerrero have already died.”
Faull was murdered between 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, when his maid, Laura Tun, had last seen him and 7:30 a.m. when she returned. There are no public statements provided from Tun that cover the two-and-a-half hour time period from when McAfee’s barking dogs were poisoned to the time that she left the Faull home at 1 a.m.
Both McAfee and Faull residences are located in a remote area accessible by golf cart down a six mile muddy road from downtown San Pedro. The distance between the two homes is 300 yards.
On Sunday Nov. 11, San Pedro Police Department raided McAfee’s home at 4 p.m. with a warrant to search for weapons and ammunition. No 9 mm pistols or bullets were discovered. At the property was licensed close protection security guard William Mulligan and his wife Stefanie Mulligan. Raphael Martinez, Belize Press Officer stated that there were two shotguns discovered and neither William or Stefanie could provide the licenses. The Mulligans were arrested for Kept Firearm and Ammunition without a gun license.
to question him about the murder, but McAfee had already disappeared.
Martinez stated they “searched McAfee’s residence and confiscated numerous weapons, but didn’t find McAfee himself. That’s because McAfee, a dual American and British citizen who relocated to Belize in 2008, is on the run. He’d seen the police coming Sunday and so buried himself in the sand, shielding his face with cardboard so he could breathe. “It was extraordinarily uncomfortable,” he told Wired Monday. “But they will kill me if they find me.”
Previously Marco Vidal head of Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit stated that McAfee is a “prime suspect.” However, according to investigators Nov. 5, they state that he is not a suspect at this time, but want to question him. McAfee stated that he is willing to talk to the department by phone from Guatemala, but not in Belize.
Samantha’s Uncle Telesforo Guerra, former Attorney General, and McAfee’s lawyer in Guatemala stated to ABC news that the police were trying to capture McAfee. It will take up to 21-days to secure asylum.
McAfee and other locals are convinced that the Belizean government wants to kill him. He told ABC news, “Instead of going, ‘you’re crazy,’ they go, ‘Yeah, of course they are,'” he said. “It’s like, finally, I understand people who understand the system here.”
“Thank God I am in a place where there is some sanity,” said McAfee, 67, before his arrest. “I chose Guatemala carefully.”
“Fifteen armed soldiers [entered his home] and personally kidnapped [his] housekeeper, threaten Sam’s father with torture and hauled away half a million dollars of my [stuff],” claimed McAfee. “If they’re not after me, then why all these raids? There have been eight raids!” McAfee claimed that he was not going to leave Belize, but because of threats on Samantha and her family they fled to Guatemala.
The Head of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) of the Belize Police Department Unit Mark Vidal told The San Pedro Sun that they are looking for McAfee as part of the murder investigation.
Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow admitted that Orange Walk raid was due to McAfee’s unwillingness to allow a health inspection of his facility, and denies the manhunt for McAfee and says there is no warrant for him. Belize Times wrote “The Prime Minister is used to outsmarting and bullying everyone, but this time he might have met his match. The raid on McAfee’s property barely caught the attention of the international media, but this current fiasco has. McAfee has cast a net and pulled in the world to watch. With the economy in shambles, poverty expanding, draconian Police measures being imposed which infringe on human rights, and the murder rate surpassing every other year, this is the worst time to have so many eyes on Belize.”
According to Belize First.com there have been several shootings in Belize. Those shootings happened to business owners.
McAfee told ABC news that during his trek to Guatemala over the past 3-weeks he disguised himself as handicapped, dyed his hair seven times.
Questions still remain about the accusation that McAfee had murdered Faull.
If McAfee had plotted to kill his neighbor why would he poison his own dogs rather than invite the dogs inside his home to mask the barking?
McAfee a paranoid individual who has been raided more than once, brings the question of why would he bring more attention in the area of his home by killing his neighbor with his previously confiscated gun?
Why would anyone take a dead man’s form of communication?
Why would men dressed in black wait 2.5 hours for the maid, Laura Tun, to leave?
What does the maid Laura Tun know? The dogs were poisoned after 10:30 p.m. Friday and she saw Faull at his home at 1 a.m. Saturday.
What type of business was Faull conducting and what does his emails and text messages reveal? Are they deleted?
I have contacted John McAfee and am waiting for a reply. The world will have to wait for the coming answers.
To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Alexander at LauraAlexanderJournalist@gmail.com