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John McAfee: Vice magazine shopped and glorified man wanted in connection with murder of Gregory Faull

by | 6th, December 2012

john mcafee John McAfee: Vice magazine shopped and glorified man wanted in connection with murder of Gregory Faull

HAS John McAfee [above] become the very thing he was famous for erasing? Is he a virus? John McAfee is the McAfee on the free trial software that comes with many Windows-running computers. He’s been arrested in Guatemala. It’s alleged he entered the country illegally.

McAfee, 67, was pinched in a Guatemala City hotel. He was with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam Venegas. Police wanted to question the US national over the murder of a man in Belize. Gregory Faull was shot in the head on November 11. Faull was McAfee’s neighbour on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize, and the main destination for travellers to this western Caribbean nation. San Pedro is the only town on the island. 

Faull [pictured below] had written letters complaining that McAfee’s dogs were “vicious” and security guards were aggressive. He feared such behaviour was harmful to the tourism industry. So keen is Belize ro prmote itself as idyll, that the website Ambergris Today features not one mention of Faull’s death.

Oddly, before going on the lam, McAfee, reportedly, shot his four dogs.

The San Pedro Sun reported:

Meanwhile police have also focused part of their investigation on exhuming the remains of four dogs that according to McAfee’s girlfriend, he [McAfee] shot in the head. According to online media, McAfee claims that he mercifully shot the dogs after discovering that they had been poisoned. “We are trying to determine if the bullets recovered from the dogs come from the same gun used in the murder,” said Martinez [ Police Press Officer in the Ministry of National Security Raphael Martinez] who explained that the slugs have been removed from the head of the dogs and are at the Belize Police Forensic Laboratory for ballistic testing.

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McAfee is stinking rich. He has the means to employ good lawyers, like former Guatemalan attorney general Telesforo Guerra to say:

“[Mr McAfee] is persecuted in Belize, persecuted politically because he stopped financing the government. They accuse him of a common crime. So what I have to obtain is an authorisation of asylum.”

Mr McAfee has maintained his innocence thoughout.

But how was he captured? Well, Vice magazine was interviewing McAfee…  in Guatemala. The man Belize police call a “person of interest” blogs:

Vice Magazine reporters are indeed with me in Guatemala. Yesterday was chaotic due to the accidental release of my exact co-ordinates by an unseasoned technician at Vice headquarters. We made it to safety in spite of this handicap. I had to cancel numerous interviews with the press yesterday because of this and I apologize to all of those affected.

Vice Editor-In-Chief Rocco Castoro noted:
VICE editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro and photographer/videographer Robert King have been following John McAfee for the past four days, documenting his life on the run. Rocco and Robert will continue to follow John until the conclusion of his journey and in the coming days will release exclusive preview footage of a forthcoming long-form documentary about his ordeal that will provide answers to many open questions and set the record straight. It will be nothing but absolutely epic, that much we can assure you.
Great scoop. Although McAfee was being sought by police investigating the murder of a US ex-pat. Vice, however, built up its story:

Here was a man who did sex yoga. Who practiced the ridiculously fatal sport of aerotrekking. Who ranged the world gathering sycophants around him, investing in power yachts, designer chemical labs, bodyguards and shotguns, and, above all else, making his life a holy shrine to his penis, and his life’s work the putting of that penis into as many young ladies as would have it. His holy grail, according to reports from close friends reported by Gizmodo, was “drugs that induce sexual behavior in women.” He lived for pleasure. For the most simple, hedonic view of pleasure, and—if you squinted your eyes a bit—you could probably have seen him as a kind of deranged folk hero.

But now someone is dead, and it’s a lot harder to see the joke.

Not that hard. Castro’s later story is headlined: “WE ARE WITH JOHN MCAFEE RIGHT NOW, SUCKERS.”

Vice’s Gavin Haynes ends his story on the murder of a man with this:

 It’s August 1969, and software’s peace and love era has expanded some minds, but blown others. Ten bucks says the dudes from MySpace are a decade from turning the gun on themselves as two underage prostitutes beg for their lives in a Bangkok hotel room.

As we say, McAfee says he’s innocent. And we’ve yet to hear of an alleged criminal defending himself by saying: “It was the technology that made me do it.”

But if you really want to know about McAfee’s mind, you can read his blog. His first post on November 11 2012 runs:

With lots of time on my hands and very little to do with it, I’ve been reflecting on the recent detour my life has taken. How did I end up as a murder suspect on the lam?

The world press certainly has not helped. Autonomous and self-serving, the press does what it does best – sensationalize. And my character and the recent events of my life have been sensationalized to the max.

Take Jeff Wise and his recent posts to Gizmodo as an example. Jeff has made a life work out of smearing my character. Beginning with Fast Company some two odd years ago and continuing non-stop through the present, he has gone beyond the call of journalistic duty to bring my dark side to the attention of the world. You might think that moral duty or a search for the truth has been driving him. But, sadly, this is not the case.

Jeff’s first article about me was a piece in National Geographic Explorer about my flying adventures in New Mexico. He stayed with us for a week or so and went flying/camping with my pilot friends and I as part of his stay. One of those friends was a beautiful young woman named Goldy Ivashkov. The first day he arrived he ended up spending the night with her. While camping, their intimacy was flaunted to the point that around the campfire, the lap-sitting, face kissing, fondling was so intense that I jokingly and loudly said “somebody get pictures of this to send to his wife in case we get a bad story from him”. It was a joke. I joke a lot. Unfortunately, many pictures were taken and, as I am told, his wife did receive some. I had nothing to do with it. I could care less about who sleeps with whom, or where, or how — as long as it’s not in my own bed while I’m trying to sleep. Well, to be honest, not even in the same room while I’m trying to sleep. Barring that, nothing could concern me less.

Jeff however, I truly believe, thinks that I sent the photos to his wife. If I had done so, then I would deserve whatever wrath he chose to mete out. But seriously, it’s not my style. And if his mistaken suspicion is not the reason for his bulldog approach to sniffing out my life then I can’t even guess at what twisted motives move this man.

The net result of his stories, however, has made my life appear much darker than the mere “eccentricity” that most people, including myself, ascribe to me.

Then there’s Wired Magazine. Josh Davis approached me about five months ago with the idea of doing an in-depth story. Seemed like a good idea at the time. I should have been suspicious when the photographer showed up near the end of the process two weeks ago and asked me to take off my shirt and hold a shotgun. This is not something I normally do – I mean, walk half naked around my property holding a shotgun – but then, creative artwork often uses strange compositions to make a point. Of the thousands of photos taken, the one with me half naked, wearing sunglasses and caressing a shotgun, made the headline. Why choose that one? Well, it sells.

I could go on, and will at later point, but I need to tell my story. I will have to tell it in short increments because I have limited and intermittent access to a computer and the Internet. I am on the run, remember. Consider this introduction the first chapter.

He has aked to be sent to the US. His latest blog post runs:

I am in jail in Guatemala. Vastly superior to Belize jails. I asked for a computer and one magically appeared. The coffee is also excellent.

Only time will tell what will happen. No one has a crystal ball. However, I would be truly shocked if I did not conduct the press conference tomorrow as I had originally planned.

Stay tuned.

I believe, by the way, that blogging from a jail cell might be a groundbreaking activity. Let’s see if it catches on.


As for Gregory Faull… Well, he’s not got a blog. But on November 13th Faull’s family released the following statement to the US media.

“We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Gregory Faull, a loving father, son and brother who will be remembered as an independent, hardworking man full of initiative and a love of adventure. Losing Greg leaves a hole in our hearts and our lives. We urge law enforcement authorities in Belize and internationally to bring those responsible to justice quickly. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to people throughout the community – especially the students and staff at the University of Central Florida whose lives touched Greg and vice versa – for their messages of support. We ask that the media respect our privacy.”

Mr McAfee should be presumed innocent. but with men dead, Vice may care to review its editorial policy – even if its pursuit of a story have given the man’s location away…


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In this Thursday Nov. 8, 2012 photo software company founder John McAfee speaks at the official presentation of equipment ceremony that took place at the San Pedro Police Station in Ambergris Caye, Belize. McAfee, 67, has been identified as a "person of interest" in the killing of his neighbour, 52-year-old Gregory Viant Faull, whose body was found on Sunday. Police are urging McAffe to come in for questioning. (AP Photo/Ambergris Today Online-Sofia Munoz)

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