McAfee: I've Disguised Myself

While Belize's PM calls the antivirus developer 'bonkers'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 15, 2012 5:54 AM CST

(Newser) – Antivirus pioneer John McAfee thinks Belize's prime minister dislikes him. Dean Barrow says that's nonsense—he's "never met the man"—though he does think McAfee seems "bonkers." "I don't want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid," Barrow says. "He ought to man up and respect our laws" and discuss the case with police. McAfee has gone into hiding—with a "young woman," according to the Mirror—as the police investigate the death of his neighbor, William Faull. And he tells Wired that to disguise himself, he has dyed his hair and facial hair (including eyebrows) jet black. "I have modified my appearance in a radical fashion. I’ll probably look like a murderer, unfortunately."

But "it's not as if the police have said he is a suspect," Barrow says, though earlier reports have suggested otherwise. And "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 is already embroiled in an illegal firearms case, Reuters notes. Meanwhile, the San Jose Mercury News profiles McAfee's unusual background, which stretches back to his software-development days. At McAfee Associates, for instance, Wiccan employees would play the drums outdoors; fellow staffers played a game where they scored points for having sex at work. "I didn't look down on anything as long as work got done," McAfee said in 2001, though he said he didn't know about the game.

In this 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.
In this 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.   (AP Photo/Ambergris Today Online-Sofia Munoz)
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