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John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the sneaky-is-as-sneaky-does dept.

Crime 243

It looks like the long and winding road of the John McAfee saga is going to continue for at least a little longer. McAfee posted a detailed blog post about how he was able to elude Belizean authorities and sneak out of the country. From the article: "'It's visually interesting and it is mostly a happy story — in line with most Christmas stories,' he wrote. The former software executive describes an operation that was heavy in advance planning and trickery. He says he planted a lookalike ('my double — a man I have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to John McAfee') and had him picked up by authorities in the northern Belize-Mexico border, while he and a group of friends and reporters loaded up a truck and headed in the opposite direction, to a southern town called Punta Gorda. With the news that he'd been arrested broadcasting on a local news station, McAfee figured that checkpoint security would relax."

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whoa (4, Funny)

someone1234 (830754) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409781)

He must have been planning his escape for years!

Re:whoa (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409985)

In his mind. If people would have known what he was thinking they would have beeen, like, "whoa!"

Hey, John (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410003)

John, it's your story, you tell it like you want...

Re:Hey, John (3, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410055)

I could do the EXACT same thing.

Man,
I'M ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX!!

Re:Hey, John (1)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410095)

M'kay, Jeremiah, it's his story, you tell it like you want. Couldn't hurt.

Would /. please spare us ?? (5, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409783)

Dunno about you, but I'm really sick and tired of yet another episode of the ensuing saga McAfee, the publicity whore !

Please have some heart, Slashdot !!

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (0, Troll)

MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409789)

Hey give him cre4dit. At least he is doing better then Hans Reiser.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409885)

Actually, Hans took blame, they had no direct proofs. Showel and book on how to kill his wife were NOT direct evidence of murder.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

chris.alex.thomas (1718644) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410301)

dude, what would convince you, they found her head in his glove box? I mean....seriously? or are you being ironic perhaps...no smiley face...so I'm going to go with serious....

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (4, Insightful)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410397)

Head in his glove box is only circumstantial evidence. Did you see him put it in there?

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (3, Informative)

JWSmythe (446288) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410409)

I would think the witnesses seeing him hose out the blood from his car, or the fact that he somehow misplaced the passenger seat, would be pretty good clues.

But when he lead them to the body, that was a dead giveaway.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410487)

I would think the witnesses seeing him hose out the blood from his car

He was a long time sufferer of nose bleeds. Nothing remarkable about this at all.

or the fact that he somehow misplaced the passenger seat, would be pretty good clues.

Typical geek, always taking things apart and not always putting them back together. Maybe a bit absent minded too. Doesn't prove a thing.

But when he lead them to the body, that was a dead giveaway.

Clearly a latent psychic. Doesn't prove a thing.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (4, Insightful)

Bieeanda (961632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409831)

Please, yes. The man's a scummy asshat who hasn't been involved in the tech industry for years. It isn't like that ghastly business with Hans Reiser, where there was at least the excuse of handwringing over the fate of the file system he was developing.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (2)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410585)

How is that file system? He has plenty of time for patching bugs now. Provided he write all the patches out on notebook paper... Cause computers are a bit hard to come by in the slammer.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (5, Funny)

TheLink (130905) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410593)

It's not so popular now due to vendor lock-in.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (5, Insightful)

LordLucless (582312) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409889)

I hate his software as much as the next Slashdot geek, and think he's nutty as a fruitcake, but he's hardly a publicity whore. Publicity whores don't vanish into south America for decades on end. Your comment reminds me of all the attacks on Julian Assange - it seems anyone who gets media attention for anything other than being a politician or a celebrity gets accused of publicity whoring.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (4, Interesting)

flyneye (84093) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410023)

Well, in Julians case, attention whoring seems to be saving his freedom and probably his life.
If it weren't for attention whores, there'd be no entertainment, no stage, no t.v., no radio and no girlies with daddy issues who wanna cuddle up to ol' fly.
Let's not make "attention whore" quite such an anathema.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410073)

No, he's pretty much media whoring.
 
He never "vanished" into central (not south) America; he lived the lifestyle of a profligate rake and was rather proud of that, inviting people (including journalists) to drop by and see how awesome his life is. It's something for which he's generally rather famous: he also invited a few journalists to follow him around during his 'daring escape' more than likely just to pad his own ego.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410523)

McAfee's software turned into something awful, but I do have fond memories of using some of his pre-Window software to edit the executable for a version of larn and change the names of some of the monsters and magic artefacts. The .exe file did not care what a monster was called, as long as the name had the same number of bytes.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409897)

How about just ignoring these articles and moving on with others. The McAfee software does not quarantine Slashdot stories from you.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (2)

ae1294 (1547521) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409935)

Sometimes people with OCD have to read ALL of the Slashdot articles before they can move on to looking at their new batch of porn downloads. Nerd Rage is sometimes hard on

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410223)

How about just ignoring these articles and moving on with others. The McAfee software does not quarantine Slashdot stories from you.

Yet.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409901)

"ensuing"? "continuing" is historically the word preceding "saga" when referring to endless soap operas.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (5, Informative)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409909)

If you don't like the Lord of the McAfee franchise, you can:

  1. Vote the story down in the Submissions queue.
  2. Simply ignore the story and don't read it.
  3. Submit something more interesting yourself.
  4. Have your double — a man your have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to Taco Cowboy read Slashdot for you.

Hey, if I don't like the stories that get posted, I remind myself that with Slashdot, I get what I pay for it . . . and it's worth every penny of it . . .

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410503)

it would have been really slash-worthy if he had changed his name to little johnny drop-tables.

THAT would be funny.

the rest is just - meh. rich-guy problems.

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (2)

Provocateur (133110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410589)

And the new slashdot would send an investigative reporter to the Belize holding cell and hear out the double's story, and come out with a book called False Positive The Story of McAfee's Escape

It could be wose. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410265)

McAfee and Assange teaming up for a reality based online blog/story/video reality hide/escape/fool the authorities around the World reality series.

Really bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410513)

A History or Discovery Channel series called "Police Evaders"?

Re:Would /. please spare us ?? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410381)

Personally, I don't see any problem with 'news for nerds' occasionally writing about those of us who managed to escape the cubicle lifestyle. After all, this guy is living the life that most IT pros probably (at least secretly) aspire for; i.e. strike it rich while young enough to do something with the money, and spend the next few decades living on your own terms, rather than on the terms of pointy haired bosses. Good for him. If it were me, I'd like to think I'd invest more into charities and less on weird stuff than he did, but it's always easy to think you'd do things "better" than others given the chance. Either way, I hope he can keep the remaining years of his life together, and stay out of trouble.

i like ally mcbeal (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409787)

Ally mcbeal is hot

Pretty Sharp :) (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409793)

lol... I can see it now, the McAfee Ultimatum Final Trilogy. Pre-quel to the Jason Bourne series hahaha..

Re:Pretty Sharp :) (1)

MagusSlurpy (592575) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410407)

Shakey-cam as Jeremy Renner's beat-up pickup rolls past the mountain road checkpoint where they're arresting his double, played by Matt Damon?

Re:Pretty Sharp :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410539)

Meyat Da-mon. (think Team America) I can't help but think of that every time i hear his name...

For his next trick... (4, Funny)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409805)

He should legally change his name to Carmen Sandiego.

Re:For his next trick... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410019)

He should legally change his name to Slashdot Cruiser.

Re:For his next trick... (1)

rvw (755107) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410511)

He should legally change his name to Carmen Sandiego.

if he could get away with something like this [glamgalz.com] ...

Prediction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409823)

All this crap is made up. Nobody in Belize is after him. Nobody anywhere is after him. This guy is just some harmless narcissist who likes to see his name in the papers.

Re:Prediction (0)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410471)

Sounds like he's a legend in his own drug-addled mind. He's a sad case. Something drug counselors know is you can't believe anything an addict says, and expect anything that comes out of their mouths is a lie.

This story's a good lesson for people. Don't do hard drugs, kids, or this is what happens to your life.

DON'T CARE (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409825)

He's motherfucking batshit crazy and an attention whore.

stop giving him attention.

fuck mcafee. crazy fuck prolly did kill his neighbor.

Re:DON'T CARE (2)

wmbetts (1306001) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410451)

If I have to read about an attention whore I'd prefer them to be bat shit crazy. It makes the stories more interesting.

Such a wonderful person (5, Interesting)

djl4570 (801529) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409829)

I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.
What really happened in Belize?
Did he kill anyone?
If yes, wouldn't it be righteous to allow the authorities to properly investigate the circumstances of the homicide?
My sense is that Slashdot has been in the tank for McAfee since this started.
I want the truth and the whole story.

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Tagged_84 (1144281) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409847)

Exactly! I've had a hard time finding any real details beyond hyperbole. So many people are screaming guilty and scum, but I can't find many specific details to conclude anything. Can anyone enlighten?

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409873)

Gotcha! I won't share my $25k with you!

Re:Such a wonderful person (3, Interesting)

Ash Vince (602485) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409877)

Exactly! I've had a hard time finding any real details beyond hyperbole. So many people are screaming guilty and scum, but I can't find many specific details to conclude anything. Can anyone enlighten?

The only details anyone apart from him knows is that his neighbour was shot dead. McAfee seems to believe that his neighbour was killed by a government death squad that was looking for him but got the wrong house so refused to even talk to the police investigating the shooting. The police view hiding from them as suspicious (lol, name a police officer who wouldn't) so are becoming more and more keen to talk to him.

The only way we will ever find out anything close to the truth is if the cops catch the killer without his help and he is proved innocent or if he gets extradited back to Belize and decides to plead guilty. Neither are that likely to my mind.

Re:Such a wonderful person (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410239)

So, with a government death squad supposedly after him he got a lookalike who he's known for 30 years and who changed his name to John McAfee to hand hmself in? Did he explain the death squad bit first? Did his chosen victim believe any of it and if so then why participate - just because he wants to give his life to save the real McAffee? The whole thing is ludicrously far fetched. The sort of government who send death squads are not exactly likely to be gently with a false McAfee who deliberately aided and abetted the real one, even assuming the death squad didn't shoot him on sight.

Overall I'd say 99% chance that McAfee is guilty as hell (and probably lost touch with reality too), 1% innocent but completely lost touch with reality.

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Alef (605149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410479)

So, with a government death squad supposedly after him he got a lookalike who he's known for 30 years and who changed his name to John McAfee to hand hmself in?

...in a different country. (But don't let that detail stop you from being 99% sure.)

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409891)

a voice of reason on slashdot? whoah...

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410241)

a voice of reason on slashdot? whoah...

Or was that giddyup?

Re:Such a wonderful person (4, Insightful)

Vintermann (400722) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409899)

Did he kill anyone?

That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Psyborgue (699890) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410085)

So because he uses drugs and is perhaps a bit paranoid (then again, the doppleganger did come in handy), he's more likely to be guilty in your mind. That's awfully well reasoned of you.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410433)

So because he uses drugs and is perhaps a bit paranoid (then again, the doppleganger did come in handy), he's more likely to be guilty in your mind. That's awfully well reasoned of you.

McAfee rows with his neighbour over McAfee's guard dogs, which roamed around the area biting people who were not on his property (he had no fence, of course). The dogs are poisoned in some mysterious incident and McAfee euthanizes them by shooting them. Shortly afterwards the neighbour is found shot dead. The Belize police would like to talk to him about this sequence of events. McAfee claims the ONLY reason they could want to talk to him is because they are corrupt and he then goes on a bizarre promenade around Central America making very weird blog posts.

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410573)

Nice story... EXCEPT that the neighbor poisoned his own dogs so he wouldn't have to answer for them biting people, sent them to McAfee before shooting HIS OWN 30 year friend and lookalike so it would be blamed on McAfee, and the neighbor could sneak away...

And he would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for those meddling kids!

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410435)

Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. There is a direct correlation between paranoid drug users and murderous impulses. Prison is full of ladies and gentlemen belonging to both subsets. It's hard for the casual user to see, but anyone who has spent a significant amount of time emersed in that culture has seen the slow descent into madness that I'm talking about. I'm not necesessarily talking about any one drug in particular either. Coke, heroin, meth, perscriptions, all the way down to pot and alcohol. It's all the same. The amount of time it takes to get there and the severity may differ, but it's a matter of degrees. The key factor is becoming so involved in the substance that it becomes all consuming. Once that happens and the substance matters more than family, friends, etc the user begins to see other people as objects to facilitate their next high. If that means stealing they steal, if that means lying they lie, and if it means killing they kill.

Re:Such a wonderful person (4, Funny)

rudy_wayne (414635) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410117)

Did he kill anyone?

That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

It will soon be revealed that he killed Hans Reiser's wife.

Re:Such a wonderful person (4, Funny)

eric_herm (1231134) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410177)

Or rather, that he was hans Reiser wife who faked her own death in order to prevent reiserfs4 to be integrated upstream, paid as a ex russian secret agent by a unnamed super villain ( take your pick between Google, Microsoft, Apple or anything, we will explain for the next conspiracy that they are all the same company in the end )

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

weszz (710261) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410591)

oooo... choose your own adventure... I like that... Could be the next big thing... a community suspense book... each person gets to write a paragraph... Could make a million bucks from this... DIBS!

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410247)

Did he kill anyone?

That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

It will soon be revealed that he killed Hans Reiser's wife.

And the Enquirer will report film footage of the event in eleven years.

Re:Such a wonderful person (3, Insightful)

gutnor (872759) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410133)

He is a dodgy man living in a dodgy country in latina america. You need to take any news from either the government or McAfee with a spoonful of salt.

Re:Such a wonderful person (3, Funny)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410507)

in latina america

I knew about the pussification of america, but I didn't know that it went that far.

Indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42409977)

This smack of shade of Hans Reiser, and we know how it turned out. Yes sometimes the police in country like belize is corrupt, but I would like to see evidence that this is not a murderer which escaped its sentence and gloat on it.

Re:Indeed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410211)

I would like to see evidence that this is not a murderer which escaped its sentence and gloat on it.

So... a presumption of guilt?
Prove innocence or go to jail?
Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?
No smoke without fire?

Re:Indeed (1)

rjstanford (69735) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410493)

Prove innocence or go to jail?

No... but prove innocence or be willing to talk to the cops when your neighbor gets murdered seems reasonable.

No smoke without fire?

Turns out that when you see a lot of smoke, its often worth checking to see if there's a fire. There isn't always, but there often is. Its one reason we have fire extinguishers in kitchens and workshops.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410039)

Hm, you don't always get reliable data. You will have to make do with what you have, which often isn't much.

A start here would be "who on earth would go to the lengths of getting someone else to legally change their name to the same as yours in order to maybe help you a few years into a future you couldn't possibly predict to the necessary level that you know with reasonable certainty you will even need exactly this kind of help ?". The answer to my own question is I don't have a clue, but it smells, and beyond that I am not even close to be interested enough to follow the "saga" or try to investigate at all. Better to just ignore the whole thing.

BTW, maybe I am closer than I think, judging from the following omen : The Slashdot Captcha gives me the word to recognize : "solved"

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

eric_herm (1231134) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410185)

Working in computer security industry make you crazy, there is nothing more to look for. That's one more evidence to add to the growing list of evidence on the topic.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410465)

"Working in computer security industry make you crazy"

I'd be more inclined to think it was the drugs primarily.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410253)

"who on earth would go to the lengths of getting someone else to legally change their name to the same as yours in order to maybe help you a few years into a future you couldn't possibly predict to the necessary level that you know with reasonable certainty you will even need exactly this kind of help ?"

A staggeringly rich person living in a poor country rife with corruption?

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410051)

You want the truth? Here? There must be a few digits missing from you id ...

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

Psyborgue (699890) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410071)

I think it's perfectly reasonable not to hand your fate over to some third world country's justice system. That being said, i'm not sure he's telling the truth about everything he says in his blog. Then again, he could very well have good reason to lie or mislead until he feels he's safe enough to let down his guard and come out publicly. So what if he's a bit crazy or paranoid. Living in a shitty country with a lot of money you often have good reason to be.

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410575)

So then maybe don't move to such a country?

Of course then he would have to deal with lawsuits and personal responsibility.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410179)

I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.

I want to know who killed Kennedy. And a pony.

Re:Such a wonderful person (5, Funny)

Muad'Dave (255648) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410403)

I want to know who killed Kennedy. And a pony.

I doubt whoever killed Kennedy also killed a pony.

Re:Such a wonderful person (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410541)

Why do you want to kill a pony?

Re:Such a wonderful person (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410337)

I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.

I'd like to go on the record that I don't give a flying fuck what he says and I DON'T want to know the facts.

"I'm so clever..." (5, Insightful)

mystyc (561347) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409875)

Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops. I get it, maybe eventually talk about it in an autobiography, but he may technically still be evading said authorities. He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".

Re:"I'm so clever..." (1)

mseeger (40923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409975)

He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".

Thanks for the hope your giving us ;-).

Re:"I'm so clever..." (1)

Raumkraut (518382) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410287)

Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops.

I'd imagine that they generally don't.
The cops sure as hell aren't going to make an international song and dance about all the suspects who've slipped through their grasp, so the only such people you'll hear from are the self-aggrandising gloaters.

You're not likely to hear from anyone who's keeping a low profile, by definition.

Re:"I'm so clever..." (1)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410531)

well, better to be a self-aggrandising gloater than an unidentified face-down floater...

Disappointed (0)

mseeger (40923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42409927)

I have to confess that i am a bit disappointed. My impression is, that the world would be a safer place with him being behind bars.

Re:Disappointed (1, Troll)

MACC (21597) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410079)

Think about how nice the world would be if
the "right" million US citizens would be incarcerated ( instead of a bunch of unfortunate blacks and latinos ) ?

Always interesting to see that Americans seem to think that there is no law except US law in any country
they visit as guests.

Re:Disappointed (2)

fnj (64210) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410151)

Think how much better off if the entire Congress was behind bars, together with the President and all his cabinet, and most of the top corporate officers. Hey, it's a start.

Re:Disappointed (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410263)

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
  -- Shakespeare, Henry VI part 2, Act 4, Scene 2

Re:Disappointed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410099)

I have to confess that i am a bit disappointed. My impression is, that the world would be a safer place with him being behind bars.

...and a much safer place with you there as well!

Your impressions, thankfully, are not what dictates right or wrong.

Re:Disappointed (1)

mseeger (40923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410325)

I am not to say if he's guilty or not. I am saying that he should face the investigation and the subsequent trial (if it comes to that). If he wishes to escape justice, he has to be arrested (as it is custom everywhere in the world). It is the country he has chosen to live in. So he has to follow the rules there.

Re:Disappointed (1)

Flentil (765056) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410159)

Seriously? You'd lock him up based on some sketchy details you read about online. I think the world would be a much safer place without that kind of gross injustice.

Re:Disappointed (2)

mseeger (40923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410277)

You'd lock him up based on some sketchy details you read about online. I think the world would be a much safer place without that kind of gross injustice.

No, i would lock him up for constituting a flight risk while being involved in a murder case. If the things happened in the US as they happened in Belize, don't you think he would be in custody now (or having paid at least so much bail to make his appearance in trial likely). He takes pride in escaping the police of the country he decided to live in.

Re:Disappointed (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410307)

In a perfect world, we'd be able to trust the police to do their jobs without prejudice or malice. In some parts of the world, that's already the case.

The GP could be in one of those parts of the world, and may not realize that in other parts of the world bribery is the standard operating procedure, and people are presumed guilty until proven otherwise (usually by means of the appropriate bribe). In this country for example, a man refusing to speak with police, evading them, and using a body double to confuse them while skipping the border would be considered an admission of guilt. It's a crime in and of itself, in the form of obstruction of justice, regardless of whether he's guilty of the murder in question, and would land him in prison on its own.

I can give him the benefit of the doubt: though I've never been to Belize I have been to countries in that part of the world and they tend more towards the bribery side of the equation (though some of them are notable exceptions). It's still difficult not to judge him by the norms of the culture I grew up in, though.

Re:Disappointed (1)

rjstanford (69735) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410497)

Especially since the cost of his actions far outweighs that of a reasonable bribe under those circumstances.

Re:Disappointed (1)

wmbetts (1306001) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410495)

Why would the world be safer?

Re:Disappointed (1)

mseeger (40923) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410509)

Because having someone out there who thinks that the laws don't apply to him is unsafe by my book ;-).

A lot of advance planning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410001)

For the escape? For the crime? For both?

Delusional (4, Insightful)

Snjit (18259) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410017)

This has gone beyond news to just soap opera drama that belongs on a bad trash news site, not ./

I don't expect top notch, confirmed journalism from any internet news site but this one is pure fantasy on the part of McAfee. Stop feeding this delusional, drug addled news whore. He hasn't done anything for technology since selling his business. Stop letting these "news" stories through to the front page.

Thanks

He must have watched tv in the 80's ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410035)

because its a textbook A-Team escape!!!

Love it when a plan comes together.

So.... (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410175)

A virus specialist deployed a Trojan?
Was that to evade capture or with his 18 year old girlfriend?

gnoat (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410195)

save Linux from a base for FreeBSD not going to play to foster a GaIy and I see the same

Very popular tourist route. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410283)

I did the same route 2 years ago. 100's of tourists do the same route every day. Nothing special.

The route is explained in every tourist guide of Guatemala and Belize. Your can even order your tickets online.

So now the "Fake" McAfee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410285)

Gets to rot in jail for 20 years?

For all we know, he might be the murderer.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42410369)

I mean, this publicity event is a great distraction to the fact that McAfee illegally escaped the country following a murder case where he legitimately was a suspect. The elaborate schemes that he has demonstrate that he had spent a considerable effort in preparation of the escape.

The fact that people are celebrating his successful escape is just sick. What if he did kill his neighbor? Reminds me of OJ Simpson and his "(If) I Did It" book. Let's hope McAfee doesn't go apesh*t like Simpson later went (kidnapping and armed robbery..)

Narcissism, the bane of popular criminals (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410427)

There's a fine line between panache and smug.
People hate smug, so that's a really really good way to lose one's public support.

GTFO (4, Insightful)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#42410567)

I am going to be beyond pissed if the US doesn't extradite his dumb ass straight back to Belize.
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