John McAfee: from part-time fugitive to drug-fueled kingpin

John McAfee

John McAfee, the eponymous founder of an anti-virus company, has had an odd run-in with the law following the murder of his neighbor in Belize. Authorities were looking to question McAfee, but he fled from the country, before being caught in Guatemala and expelled to the United States. The story doesn't look like it's close to over, so keep an eye here for updates as they come in.

12 updates and 575 comments below.

Nov 26 4:27p

John McAfee apparently thought his building manager was part of a plot to kidnap him

Former antivirus software mogul John McAfee has been hit with a restraining order from his former building manager, who says McAfee thought he was in on an international kidnapping conspiracy. A stalking complaint was filed earlier this month by Connor Hyde, assistant property manager for Portland apartment building the 20 on Hawthorne. In the filing, posted by The Oregonian, Hyde describes a strange series of emails in which McAfee implicated him in a broad web of people he believes framed...

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Sep 30 7:17a

John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA

Part-time fugitive and antivirus software founder John McAfee has a new invention he's working on. After spending some of his time filming a drug-fueled video tutorial to uninstall the antivirus program he helped create, McAfee now believes he can outsmart the NSA. Speaking at the C2SV Technology Conference on Saturday, McAfee unveiled his grand plan to create a "D-Central" gadget that communicates with smartphones, tablets, and laptops to create decentralized networks that can't be accessed...

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Jul 29 5:07p

The writers of 'Ed Wood' are turning John McAfee's bizarro tale into a movie

In January news broke that Warner Bros. was going to be turning the strange tale of John McAfee into a feature film, and now the studio is closing the deal for two writers on the project: the team behind Ed Wood. Deadline Hollywood reports that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose other credits include The People vs. Larry Flynt and the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, will be adapting Wired's article "John McAfee's Last Stand." John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (I Love You Phillip...

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Jun 19 4:04a

Bath salts and booty: watch a drug-fueled John McAfee uninstall his antivirus software

The strange tale of John McAfee keeps getting stranger. In a video posted to YouTube last night, the antivirus software founder and part-time fugitive callously sends up the program he helped create. Framed as a four-minute instructional video, "How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus" features plenty of green screen, degraded women, smoking, drugs, partial nudity, and firearms. In the "humorous" skit's last act, McAfee finally gets around to explaining how to remove his former company's anti-virus...

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May 08 6:31p

John McAfee dishes on his escape from Belize, past drug use, in new Q&A

Five months after fleeing authorities in Central America who wanted to question him about an unsolved murder, antivirus pioneer John McAfee is revealing what he says are new details about that episode, and his seemingly outrageous life overall. From his current whereabouts in Portland, Oregon, McAfee responded to questions submitted by the readers of tech news aggregator Slashdot, describing in vivid detail a wide range of personal subjects: from his past as a self-described "indiscriminate"...

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Jan 21 9:37a

John McAfee's movie creeps further toward reality

The Hollywood Reporter revealed last Monday that Warner Bros. acquired the rights to John McAfee's Last Stand, and just one week later, development of a separate John McAfee movie has been announced by Impact Future Media. The film, titled Running in the Background, will be adapted from McAfee's personal memoirs — Future Media says McAfee "entrusted Impact Future Media with the exclusive intellectual property rights to his official life story." The developer announced last year that it had...

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Jan 14 3:24p

Warner Bros. turning John McAfee's bizarre story into a movie

Wired recently published John McAfee's Last Stand, an in-depth look into the circumstances surrounding McAfee's bizarre life in Belize and his recent flight after suspicions that he murdered his neighbor. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Warner Bros. has bought the rights to John McAfee's Last Stand with the hopes of turning it into a feature film. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (who directed Crazy, Stupid Love) will be writing the adaptation of the Wired story and are also slated...

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Jan 07 3:27a

John McAfee unravels online, details terrorist plot uncovered by his own spy operation

For the past months, antivirus company founder John McAfee's story has gotten progressively stranger, as he hid from police in Belize, fled the country with journalists from Vice, and starred in an in-depth Wired tale of drugs, women, and Russian roulette. Now, McAfee is either attempting an oddly audacious publicity gambit, or he's finally crossed the line into outright and obvious fantasy. On his blog, McAfee describes using 75 netbooks and 29 "operatives" to track government officials,...

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Dec 29 2:39p

The long, weird lead-up to John McAfee's arrest

John McAfee's flight through Belize, into Guatemala, and eventually to the US after being sought for questioning in the murder of his neighbor was only the latest dramatic episode in the former software entrepreneur's life. Joshua Davis of Wired spent months investigating McAfee before his attempted arrest, and he's now published an in-depth account of both his early life and his accelerating slide into fear of enemies both real and imagined. "You thought you were creating your reality,"...

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Dec 12 4:41p

John McAfee 'expelled' from Guatemala, returns to US

Antivirus company founder and international fugitive John McAfee has been deported from Guatemala and is headed for the US, Bloomberg reports. McAfee is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of his neighbor, but he fled from the local police, claiming he feared for his safety despite his innocence. Last week, the metadata in a photograph from Vice pinpointed his location in Guatemala, where he was detained by police and then hospitalized for a possible heart attack.

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Dec 05 9:53p

John McAfee arrested in Guatemala after three weeks on the run

After three weeks on the lam, John McAfee, the computer programmer and founder of the McAfee security software company, has been arrested by Guatemalan authorities for illegally entering the country, reports Reuters. McAfee is wanted for questioning in relation to the November 11th murder of his neighbor in Belize, 52-year-old Gregory Faull. Earlier this month, VICE traveled to Central America to document McAfee's run from the law, accidentally publishing a cellphone picture with embedded GPS...

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Nov 12 2:36p

McAfee founder wanted for questioning in Belize murder investigation (update)

John McAfee, founder of computer security firm McAfee, Inc., is reportedly wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Belize. The local San Pedro Sun is reporting that the 67-year-old McAfee, who has lived in the country for the past several years, is wanted because authorities believe he "may be able to assist them in their investigation" of the death of Gregory Faull. Local authorities discovered the victim Sunday morning. While an official police statement makes no specific...

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May 04 12:45p

McAfee Antivirus founder accuses Belize police of wrongful imprisonment

A news report by Channel 5 Belize published earlier this week describes in vivid detail how McAfee Antivirus founder John McAfee faced an early morning raid on his Orange Walk property by the Belize police's Gang Suppression Unit. McAfee claims that the police forced their way into his (unlocked) buildings with sledgehammers, then seized and hid his gun licenses before accusing him of owning the weapons without a license. He says that they then handcuffed him, his family, and his private...

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