There's a lesson in here somewhere, but I'm not quite sure what it is, other than "beware drugs":
John McAfee, the security software pioneer, is wanted for questioning by police in Belize in connection with the weekend murder of his neighbor, an American expatriate, Belize police said Monday.
A Belize National Security Ministry spokesman said it was too early to call Mr. McAfee a suspect in the weekend shooting death of Gregory Faull, the expatriate, but "if his story does not add up, he may be arrested and charged."
John was one of the early "pioneers" in anti-virus software and similar. I never was much of a fan of the firm's packages, considering them to be one of the bigger bloat and scareware names in the space.
But the fact remains that he got out while the getting was pretty good in the mid 1990s and ultimately walked off with $100 million. Not bad.
The 2008/09 crash, plus a rather amusing spate of "let's blow money", however, left him with less than many others who started with far less but kept most of it. Last estimates were that he was down to $4 million, which is a non-trivial sum, especially for a guy living in Belize where the per-capita income is at a level that a million or so makes you a near-DemiGod. Nonetheless to go from $100 million to $4 million is quite the blow.
There are myriad reports, however, that along with McAffee's rather eccentric tastes came a desire to abuse drugs, including of late the notorious "bath salts" (!!) I cannot source that with any sort of reliability, but if so it might explain what looks like a murder that may have no connection to anything other than drug-induced psychosis.
Or maybe not.
In any event the cops in Belize are seeking him and his neighbor is factually dead with an extra hole in his cranium, so somewhere someone apparently shot him.
Let's hope it wasn't John.
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