John McAfee says police in Belize want to frame him for the
murder his neighbour Gregory Faull. Photo Reuters
Belize's prime minister has urged anti-virus software
pioneer John McAfee to help the country's police with a murder
inquiry, calling McAfee "bonkers" for recent media statements.
"I don't want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely
paranoid - I would go so far as to say bonkers," Prime
Minister Dean Barrow said in Belize City. "He ought to man up
and respect our laws and go in and talk to the police."
Belizean police want to question McAfee, 67, about the murder
of his neighbour and fellow US citizen Gregory Viant Faull
(52), with whom McAfee had quarrelled.
Police have been unable to track down McAfee since finding
Faull dead on Sunday in his house on Ambergris Caye, an
island off the coast.
In an interview on Tuesday (local time), McAfee said he had
gone into hiding because he believed Belizean authorities
were trying to frame him for Faull's murder.
"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," Wired magazine's website quoted McAfee as saying. "I
am not well liked by the prime minister."
According to the magazine, which has published details of
several interviews with the entrepreneur, McAfee says he has
been riding in boats, hunkering down on the floorboards of
taxis, and sleeping in a bed that he said was infested with
Since he went into hiding, McAfee has repeatedly told Wired
he had nothing to do with Faull's death. Explaining his
actions, McAfee said he did not want to give himself up
because he was afraid the authorities will torture or kill
But McAfee said they would track him down in the end. On
Wednesday, the magazine said that McAfee claimed to have dyed
his hair, eyebrows, beard, and mustache jet black.
"I'll probably look like a murderer, unfortunately," it
quoted him as saying.
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," Barrow said.
"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."
McAfee, who invented the anti-virus software that bears his
name, has homes and businesses in Belize, and is believed to
have settled around 2010 in the tiny Central American nation
bordered by Mexico and Guatemala.
There is already a case pending in Belize against McAfee for
possession of illegal firearms, and police previously
suspected him of running a lab to make the synthetic drug
On Wednesday, Belizean police said they had charged McAfee's
British bodyguard William Mulligan, 29, and Mulligan's wife,
Stefanie, 22, for having unlicensed weapons and ammunition.
Barrow rejected statements made by McAfee and an associate
that the software pioneer was being targeted for refusing to
donate to Belize's ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) to
help fund its successful re-election bid in March.
"I know of no individual in the UDP who has spoken to McAfee
about contributions," Barrow said.
McAfee was one of Silicon Valley's first entrepreneurs to
build an Internet fortune. The ex-Lockheed systems consultant
started McAfee Associates in 1989. He now has no relationship
with the company, which was sold to Intel Corp.