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Guatemalan police arrest software guru McAfee

By SONIA PEREZ-DIAZ Published: December 6, 2012
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The Faull family has said through a representative that the murder of their loved one on Ambergris Caye has gotten lost in the media frenzy provoked by McAfee's manipulation of the press through phone calls, emails and blog posts detailing his life on the lam.

McAfee dropped out of sight for weeks after police said they were seeking him, although he grabbed global attention with regular phone calls with reporters and blog updates. He refused to turn himself in to authorities in Belize and claimed to be wearing disguises and watching as police raided his house. It was unclear, however, how much of what McAfee — a confessed practical joker — said and wrote was true.

At one point, he even posted on his blog that he mounted an elaborate ruse in Mexico to cover his flight.

“My `double,' carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior,” McAfee wrote in the posting, “but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.”

McAfee hasn't provided details on how he crossed from Belize into Guatemala.

He had earlier said he didn't plan to leave Belize but ultimately did because he thought “Sam” was in danger, referring to the young woman who has accompanied him since he went into hiding.

McAfee, the creator of the McAfee antivirus program, has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that is named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.

He told The New York Times in 2009 that he had lost all but $4 million of his $100 million fortune in the U.S. financial crisis. However, a story on the Gizmodo website quoted him as calling that claim “not very accurate at all.” He has dabbled in yoga, ultra-light aircraft and producing herbal medications.


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