John McAfee, the man who originally founded McAfee Security, is now wanted for murder in Belize. He has been named as the prime suspect in the death of another American expat, Gregory Faull, who was shot and killed in his home Saturday evening in San Pedro Town, off the Belizean mainland.
Ars e-mailed and called the American embassy in Belmopan, the Belizean capital, to find out if McAfee had requested or received consular assistance, but embassy officials have not yet replied.
As Gizmodo and others have been reporting on for years, the murder suspect has been something of an eccentric adventurer and entrepreneur. He was effectively forced from the company he founded in the early 1990s, but he managed to take in around $100 million in the process. Since then, among other things, he pioneered something called “aerotrekking,” a short-lived thrill “sport” of sorts that involves high-speed low-altitude flying over the desert with hang gliders outfitted with engines.
In 2006, McAfee was charged with a wrongful death lawsuit in an aerotrekking accident that left a man named Robert Gilson dead.
"I think he is trying to liquidate all property that could be used to collect a judgment, so that it's all beyond the reach of execution in the United States," Frank Fleming, an aviation law specialist, told Fast Company in 2010. "So long as McAfee and the vast majority of his wealth remain in Belize, it's going to be very hard for the family of Robert Gilson to collect any judgment won against McAfee in court."
Since then, McAfee has reportedly been spending his time researching MDPV, a stimulant that can produce similar effects to methamphetamine. It is illegal in the United States.