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One Year Since John McAfee Fled Belize

samzenpus posted about 10 months ago | from the man-on-the-run dept.

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Velcroman1 writes "It has been a year since fallen software magnate John McAfee fled his adopted home and country — wanted by police for questioning in connection to the murder of his neighbor. In that year, the often eccentric programming pioneer led the media and the public on a wild ride with his outlandish behavior and off-the-wall statements during a catch-me-if you-can escape from the small Central American country. McAfee is a person of interest in the investigation surrounding the murder of his neighbor, American ex-pat Gregory Faull, near his compound in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. No headway has been made in the investigation — and authorities in Belize are still looking to speak with McAfee. 'Nothing has really changed. It's not a closed case,' police spokesman Raphael Martinez said. 'He is still a person of interest.'"

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McAfee for President 2016 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393095)

Hey, how bad could it be?

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 10 months ago | (#45393457)

No worse. He could run as the candidate from the Marijuana Party. [wikipedia.org] I don't think there's a "doped up wacko party" in the US. Maybe in Toronto though?

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393631)

I don't think there's a "doped up wacko party" in the US.

That's LPUSA, right?

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394391)

I thought the doped up wacko parties where the Democrats and Republicans

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 10 months ago | (#45396141)

Don't do the red or the blue blotter. It's a real bummer trip.

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (2)

datavirtue (1104259) | about 10 months ago | (#45394771)

I don't think there's a "doped up wacko party" in the US

Uh...it's called the Democratic and Republican Parties.

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 10 months ago | (#45397981)

No, he's definitely a democrat. He takes pills to be crazy. Republican's don't need them.

Re:McAfee for President 2016 (1)

RenderSeven (938535) | about 10 months ago | (#45401371)

+1 (insightful funny flamebait), nice trifecta!

Ok then (5, Insightful)

CheezburgerBrown . (3417019) | about 10 months ago | (#45393105)

Thanks for no update.

Re:Ok then (2)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about 10 months ago | (#45393147)

Maybe this thing would be improved to post stories to let us know nothing has changed?

http://simpsonswiki.com/wiki/Everything's_OK_alarm [simpsonswiki.com]

Re:Ok then (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45395351)

I thought someone made a page about all of OJ Simpson's continued efforts to find Nicole's and Ron's murderer.

Re:Ok then (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | about 10 months ago | (#45395861)

I thought someone made a page about all of OJ Simpson's continued efforts to find Nicole's and Ron's murderer.

Last I heard he hasn't yet completed his mansion-to-mansion search.

He flees to the ISS (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about 10 months ago | (#45393131)

Since the malware comes by sneakernet, the virus checker comes that way too.

Re:He flees to the ISS (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393219)

Since the ISS uses Linux it's vulnerable. Especially to W32 worms. Business reporters tell me so.

Re:He flees to the ISS (4, Funny)

omnichad (1198475) | about 10 months ago | (#45393485)

Spaceships are compatible with all computer systems (See: Independence Day)

How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus (5, Funny)

Gunboat_Diplomat (3390511) | about 10 months ago | (#45393135)

At least he brought us this. [youtube.com]

Re:How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 10 months ago | (#45393933)

How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus

The burning question of the hour is... why doesn't he want his 30 day free trial?

Re:How To Uninstall McAfee Antivirus (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about 10 months ago | (#45394295)

Worse, I've seen him on Fox News. Yes, they really put him on TV to talk about something in the news. Whats funny is Fox News also runs commercials about buying real estate in Belize.

USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about 10 months ago | (#45393161)

If the Belize police really thought McAfee was behind the murder they would request extradition, no?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_extradition_treaties [wikipedia.org]

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (5, Funny)

Oysterville (2944937) | about 10 months ago | (#45393201)

They probably got a false positive on McAfee. Not the first time.

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (4, Interesting)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 10 months ago | (#45393661)

I believe the truth lay somewhere in-between what the Belize police are telling us and what McAfee is telling us. His house did burn to the ground right before it was supposed to be sold after all. I suspect that McAfee was bribing and extorting public officials so he could continue his illegal activities but those bribes didn't quite cover murder. So they ran him out of the country but have no interest in a full investigation as it would incriminate their own officials in his prior hijinks.

Psycho Killer
Qu'est Que C'est

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (2)

aynoknman (1071612) | about 10 months ago | (#45394293)

If the Belize police really thought McAfee was behind the murder they would request extradition, no?

They want him for questioning not for murder. Not answering questions is not an extraditable offence (unless your last name is Assange)

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45395853)

Sweden has probable cause to charge Assange with rape, so it's questioning of a suspect in that case. AFAIK Belize has not asserted McAfee is a suspect. So think that's the difference.
[edit: captcha = 'condemn']

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (1)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about 10 months ago | (#45396379)

By that logic all a suspected criminal would ever need to do in order to avoid prosecution would be to leave the country.

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45398689)

In this case, they're not going to do anything because having him return would raise questions about their own politics and corruption going on there.

Re:USA and Belize have an extradition treaty (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45395225)

They requested he be extradited to Belize from Guatemala when the Guatemalan authorities apprehended him.

They haven't charged him officially, and there is nothing in the Belize/US treaty that would obligate the US to turn him over simply for questioning. Belize could make the request, but it would almost certainly be summarily rejected by the State Department since he hasn't been charged with anything. If he was charged with something, then perhaps an extradition request would stick. But until then, it'd probably be a pointless request that has absolutely no standing in the US-Belize extradition treaty that's in place currently.

So... what Belize police are saying is that they DON'T BELIEVE that McAfee is behind the murder - he is a "person of interest" - someone who may have knowledge of or about the murder that might help their investigation. Not everybody questioned in every legal case is the suspect.

In other news (-1, Offtopic)

geek (5680) | about 10 months ago | (#45393167)

Miley Cyrus tweaked with a midget and lit a joint on stage at the VMA's. News for nerds!

Re:In other news (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about 10 months ago | (#45393231)

She did meth?

This is my surprised face.

Re:In other news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393261)

Yeah but did she stick out her Gene Simmons-esque tongue? It's my understanding that's how she distributes her spores.

Re:In other news (1)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about 10 months ago | (#45393975)

Her spores don't easily disperse through the air. We're pretty safe if we dig a trench around her, with a radius of roughly 3 metres. We'll fill the trench with pitch, and ignite it. That's pretty the standard approach to preventing the spread of Miley Cyrus.

And Generalíssimo Francisco Franco (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393189)

continues to remain dead.

Re:And Generalíssimo Francisco Franco (1)

Megane (129182) | about 10 months ago | (#45393233)

And Abe Vigoda is still alive. [abevigoda.com]

Re:And Generalíssimo Francisco Franco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394515)

I wish you were right :-(

Re:And Generalíssimo Francisco Franco (1)

BancBoy (578080) | about 10 months ago | (#45395069)

I'm not Chevy Chase, and neither are you.

"Nothing has really changed" (1)

harvestsun (2948641) | about 10 months ago | (#45393253)

Nothing has really changed

So why is this news? Am I missing something?

Re:"Nothing has really changed" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394557)

What has changed is that the nutcase has come-up with good arguments against ObamaCare. He might be crazy, but he is smart. He needs to be censored. The more attacks the general public read about him, the less likely they'll give his arguments a fair chance. He need to be shut-up now before he doesn't more damage.

Re:"Nothing has really changed" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45397187)

Nothing has really changed

So why is this news? Am I missing something?

It's like a lot of "controversial" topics on Slashdot (where 95 percent of posters are on one side) that keep being fed on a near-daily basis. There is no real movement, but there's always some little news item that can attract the same collection of rants suitably modded up (and rebuttals modded down so innocent eyes won't suffer from seeing them).

Re:"Nothing has really changed" (1)

Xest (935314) | about 10 months ago | (#45398935)

Maybe it's news because crackpot attention whore McAfee has been silent for at least a couple of months now which is about as newsworthy as it gets with him?

Dear John, (1)

Doug Otto (2821601) | about 10 months ago | (#45393281)

Please stay "fled."

Why does slashdot have such a hardon for (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393309)

a delusional drugged up loser?

Re:Why does slashdot have such a hardon for (1, Offtopic)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about 10 months ago | (#45393409)

But enough about Ayn Rand/Jimi Hendrix...

(Did you ever see both at the same time?)

Re:Why does slashdot have such a hardon for (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393509)

But enough about Ayn Rand/Jimi Hendrix...

(Did you ever see both at the same time?)

Once, at Ashokan House in Boiceville, NY, I accidentally walked in on the two of them together. I've spent trying to drink that image away for the last 44 years.

Re:Why does slashdot have such a hardon for (1)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about 10 months ago | (#45393543)

For heaven's sake man, don't stop drinking! That sort of memory can't be endured sober.

yeah, so much change (4, Funny)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 10 months ago | (#45393533)

Mmhmm, what a wild ride. According to everyone he ever knew who talked to the media, back in the day, he was an asshole. After that he became an asshole. Then he started selling drugs. On his way out of the country he was an asshole. Then on his way to the US he was an assholes. Now, a year later, he's an asshole. So much has changed lately!

Re:yeah, so much change (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 10 months ago | (#45394107)

Then on his way to the US he was an assholes.

Well, at least he became plural for a while!

Re:yeah, so much change (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45396557)

haahahah. I love how grammar rapist the posters are here. I love badgering all the morons at my work who use the word "literally" figuratively all the fucking time.

are you sure (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394575)

the media aren't assholes? ohh that's right. Someone - by virtue - should just be nice to the parasitic, vile, lying (9/11 was an inside job), owned by the same 5 Jewish cabals media.

Right! just be nice to those guys. they are such nice people.

Go John McAfee - a true American patriot not putting up with jewish/euro shit

Not a "person of interest" (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 10 months ago | (#45393679)

'He is still a person of interest.'

No, he really isn't, at least outside his own mind.

Psychology Today (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393683)

The weird thing is, I was only tangentially aware of this until I read a piece in Psychology Today. It was couched as a case study of a sociopath. The author just detailed his experiences with McAfee in several different time slices of his life. He was involved in some sort of flying hobby sport until people died, and then sneaked away to Belize. Then his neighbor winds up dead and he sneaked away from Belize.

I am not sure what credentials the author had to diagnose sociopath, but it wasn't a very pretty picture. A man sort of drunk with power for sure.

How time flies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45393695)

Happy anniversary, I guess?

Should we get him a card or something?

Far longer than that since we cared (4, Insightful)

NeverWorker1 (1686452) | about 10 months ago | (#45393797)

It may be only one year since he fled Belize, but it's been many, many years since anybody cared. Please cut out the front-page spam.

Re:Far longer than that since we cared (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394529)

But he recently spoke-out against ObamaCare so the media is doing the right thing by running a bunch of stories discrediting him. We need to ruin his credibility since his arguments against ObamaCare are correct.

Re:Far longer than that since we cared (1)

Zeroedout (2036220) | about 10 months ago | (#45394609)

So funny, you cared so little that you read the summary and posted a comment. Imagine how the people who care feel.

Re:Far longer than that since we cared (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45395731)

It's not fair to say nothing has changed and nobody cares! Have you seen the man's Youtube channel? It's friggen hilarious now!

Look, it's 2013 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394621)

If you want to talk to someone, especially someone like that, setting up videoconferencing should be very trivial. Handle it that way.

Ugh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45394745)

Murderer.

"Buy Belize" (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 10 months ago | (#45394917)

One thing that has amused me, over the latter half of this year, is the strings of advertisements trying to get people to buy property in Belieze and move there, as a retirement home and/or tax haven.

Apparently the authorities chasing of MacAfee (allegedly on trupmed-up evidence in an effort by corrupt officials to seize his remaining wealth, or something of the sort) has caused others. seeking a comfy paradise and tax haven, decide this country is too risky and look elsewhere.

It would be interesting to find out how badly this has hurt the country's property values and economy.

False information (1)

Don Wills (1374605) | about 10 months ago | (#45395185)

McAfee's "compound" was near Orange Walk Town, on the mainland, which is nowhere near Ambergris Caye. One wonders how many other "facts" in this story are completely false.

Re:False information (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45395735)

"Compound" may not be the right word for it, but his home was indeed in San Pedro.

Re:False information (1)

Don Wills (1374605) | about 10 months ago | (#45396937)

No, his "compound" was not on Ambergris Caye. He initially lived there, but he then built his "compound" on the mainland. Google the lengthy Wired Magazine article about him where you will find this sentence "He began spending more time in Orange Walk, a town of about 13,000 people that was 5 miles from his compound." and then use Google Maps to locate Orange Walk on the mainland.

Re:False information (1)

Patent Lover (779809) | about 10 months ago | (#45397347)

Well said. Ambergris Caye has one industry: divers. It's not big enough nor developed enough for a rich person's "compound". At least not yet :(

Re:False information (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 10 months ago | (#45397467)

quite many.
it's he belizean police after all we're talking about.

afaik the haven't done actually anything to get mcafee to talk to them... which means either they have nothing on the whole thing - quite probable - or are just incompetent in asking the feds to send him over(also probable). and by saying that he is the person of interest, they don't have to move the investigation into any direction which is convinient for them.

Spelling (1)

Koutarou (38114) | about 10 months ago | (#45397293)

There is no hyphen in expat. Sorry, pet peeve.

McAfee Timeline (1)

sparkydevil (261897) | about 10 months ago | (#45398221)

A while back I made this handy dandy timeline of McAfee's exploits: http://newslines.org/wiki/category/computer-people/john-mcafee/

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