The first images are emerging of Gregory Faull, the American expatriate who was found shot dead in his home in Belize.
Local police in the Central American nation say multimillionaire software mogul, John McAfee, is wanted in the murder and is currently on the run from authorities.
Mr Faull, a local builder who also founded a successful restaurant in Florida, was pictured with basketball legends Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing in one of the photos to emerge since his death on Saturday night.
The head of Belize police force’s Gang Suppression Unit Marco Vidal named the 66-year-old McAfee, the founder of the virus protection software company named after him, as the prime suspect today and revealed he was on the run.
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Famous friends: Gregory Faull is seen here with basketball legends Michael Jordan, left, and Patrick Ewing, right
Pastime: Mr Faull posted several pictures of himself on his boat in Belize. He titled this photo ‘new friends’
Lying low: McAfee, is pictured at his former home in Rodeo, New Mexico
Mr Faull, who launched the first-ever restaurant to serve alcohol on a college campus, Tailgaters Smokehouse at the University of Central Florida in Orland, is pictured several times on his boat in the clear waters of the Caribbean.
McAfee has been in hiding in Belize since his home was raided for allegedly harboring illegal drugs and weapons and running a ‘meth lab’.
A police report said that Faull’s
housekeeper found the 52-year-old ‘lying face up in a pool of blood with
an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head, apparently
In a bizarre twist, McAfee, an Internet security expert and one of the pioneers in battling computer viruses, admitted in an interview with wired.com that he is hiding from police but said he is innocent of the murder.
Wired reporter Joshua Davis asked McAfee, founder of the Web security firm that bears his name, if he had any knowledge about Faull’s death. The 67-year-old who has had multiple run-ins with police in Belize said he had none.
‘I thought maybe [whoever it was who shot Faull] were coming for me. They mistook him for me,’ McAfee told Wired. “They got the wrong house. He’s dead. They killed him. It spooked me out.’
Death: Gregory Viant Faull who died in November. Authorities in Belize want talk to McAfee about his death
Bad blood: Mr Faull and McAfee reportedly were at odds after a police complaint Mr Faull filed
About the possibility of
surrendering, McAfee told Wired: “Under no circumstances am I going to
willingly talk to the police in this country. You can say I’m paranoid
about it but they will kill me, there is no question.’
Last week, Gizmodo reported that
McAfee’s relationships with other expats in the area had been
deteriorating and that he had started associating with some of Belize’s
‘most notorious gangsters’.
He is also thought to have been struggling with the after-effects of mind-altering drugs like bath salts, which he often posted about on drugs-focused internet message boards.
He wrote in one: ‘I’m a huge fan of MDPV. I think it’s the finest drug ever conceived, not just for the indescribable hypersexuality, but also for the smooth euphoria and mild comedown.’
The murder is the culmination of a bizarre new chapter in the life of the former multimillionaire who fled the U.S. after the fortune he made from his internet security software was in danger of being wiped out by a series of lawsuits and the financial crash.
Away from everything: John Mcafee’s beachfront compound in Belize burned down on May 16
This is the dog that was owned by McAfee that he claims Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit shot earlier this year
McAfee is believed to have made $100million after developing the software in the eighties and was known as one of the biggest
success stories to come out of the digital age.
The tattooed tycoon – born in Britain and raised in the U.S. – had tried to build a new life by starting an antibiotics firm in the tiny Central American country and is rumored to have set up home with a 17-year-old girl.
The age of consent in Belize is 16-years-old for both sexes.
But earlier this year his new venture fell apart when he was arrested because he refused to donate money to a local politician.
After his company suffered setbacks, the yoga lover moved to Belize in 2008 and then launched a bid to make antibiotics from jungle plants. As of 2009 his fortune, once valued at $100million, had fallen to $4million.
That year he finished liquidating his U.S. real estate holdings which included 280-acres in Colorado, a beachfront estate in Hawaii, properties in Arizona and Texas, and a ranch in Rodeo, New Mexico.
He had long since left the company that bore his name, having cashed out of the antivirus company in 1994.
Pictured are some of the weapons that Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit claim they recovered from McAfee’s home. He is now wanted for murder
He has had a series of much-younger girlfriends and followed his passions, saying in 2007, ‘Success for me is, Can you wake up in the morning and feel like a 12-year-old?’
In May, he revealed his current legal ordeal at the hands of security forces who shot dead his dog, seized his passport and left him handcuffed for 14 hours in the sun without food and water.
John McAfee has been a follower of alternative therapies and philosophies all his life and taught yoga after he sold his business
‘Having spent one night already sleeping on the concrete floor of the Belize City jail I am not excited about the prospect of returning’, Gizmodo quoted him as saying on a private message board.
Mr McAfee said there were no beds in prison and a milk carton served as a toilet for everybody – until a drunk entered the cell at 1am and kicked it over.
Revealing that he had not left his one-room hideout for five days, Mr McAfee posted that he had no cable or satellite TV, no books and just three DVDS – The Human Stain, Tierra and Naked.
He had an iPad but no charger, so was ‘rationing’ its use.
Whereas the device’s remaining charge was at 21 per cent at the start of the post, he revealed it was down to only 17 per cent when he logged off.
Judy McAfee was John’s wife and helped him launch his anti-software virus firm in the late 1980s
‘For those of you who follow the news in Central America, you will know that I am in hiding in an undisclosed location in Belize,’ said Mr McAfee.
‘Hiding out is no fun. I’ve always wondered why people on the run turn themselves in in many cases.
‘I now know the answer – boredom.’
He said he was woken up at 6am by the sound of bullhorns.
‘I went outside and saw about 30 GSU [Belize’s Gang Suppression Unit] in full uniform, fully dressed, automatic weapons, storming through the property and driveway.
‘I went back inside, got some clothes on, I came out. I was told to put up my hands up against the wall as were eleven other people in the compound.
‘It began, innocently enough, with my refusal to donate to the local political boss of the district where I lived in Orange Walk and I have given at least $2million in gifts to the police departments in Orange Walk, San Pedro, Belize City.’
The GSU said they found a cache of weapons at McAfee’s property and that he did not have a licence to manufacture drugs.
In a statement, the GSU said: ‘Present on the premises at the time were John McAfee, his girlfriend who is a 17-year-old Belizean girl and five security guards.
‘During the search ten firearms – seven 12-gauge pump action shotguns, one 12-gauge single action shotgun, one Taurus nine-millimetre pistol and one nine-millimetre CZ pistol were found.’
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Tropical: John McAfee, founder of the anti-virus software firm, moved to Belize in 2008
Five air rifles and 270 12-gauge cartridges were also found, officers said.
In the private message-board post seen by Gizmodo, Mr McAfee said the GSU have since issued additional charges ‘but have not divulged what they might be’.
He added: ‘My lawyers tell me there is absolutely nothing to worry about, so that makes me very worried.’
The Gizmodo site reported Mr McAfee as saying the original warrant produced when authorities searched his home claimed he was operating a meth lab.
John McAfee worked for Lockheed Martin in the mid-1980s before turning his hand to developing the world’s first marketable anti-virus software in the late 1980s
Mr McAfee told the site: ‘In the Third World such a thing is a serious crime – the drug companies don’t particularly like people interfering with their business.
‘But basically what I developed is a topical antiseptic. That’s what they claimed was my meth lab.’
But Gizmodo said Belize government officials would not confirm that they had accused Mr McAfee of running a meth lab ‘or even that there was a raid, for that matter’.
‘We spent hours on the phone trying to find out what happened, bouncing from one police official to another.’
Eric Heyden, public affairs officer for the American Embassy in Belize, told Gizmodo: ‘I don’t have any general information about his case.
In the early 2000s John McAfee pioneered the invention of a new sport called aerotrekking out of his New Mexico property
‘I am as perplexed and confused as you are as to why the Gang Suppression Unit would be taking action about a private American citizen.’
Mr McAfee grew up in England but moved to America as a child.
He graduated from Roanoke College in 1967 with a degree in mathematics and studied further mathematics at Virginia Tech until 1970.
As part of the electronics boom centred around California and Stanford University in particular, McAfee held down around a dozen different jobs in the area in the software industry.
He also set up an adult dating service called American Institute for Safe Sex Practices, which issued identification cards for people who tested HIV-negative.
It was during the mid 1980’s that McAfee was working for Lockheed Corporation when he began designing his anti-virus software.
Part of John McAfee’s home on Ambergris Caye, Belize
He developed antivirus computer programs and in 1989 started working full-time at his own company McAfee Associates, which he ran from his home in Santa Clara, California.
Operating out of his one-bedroom farmhouse on Cheeney street in Santa Clara, California, he promoted his new eponymous software with the help of shareware – offering it for free initially to individuals, but charging them and large companies licenses to continue using it.
By 1992, more than half of the Fortune 100 companies had purchased licenses to use the software.
McAfee’s key helpers in his early days were his wife at the time Judy, who also worked as a flight attendant with United Airlines and his right-hand man Aryeh Goretsky, who still operates within Silicone Valley.
Bizarrely, as the company expanded to larger offices he employed three Wiccan witches to beat hand drums on the offices front lawn, a handful of employees regularly practiced sword fights and others rehearsed Shakespeare.
It is also rumored that during these formative years, a group of employees began an office tournament to see who could have sex in different locations around the Santa Clara headquarters.
John McAfee, the founder of the anti-virus software company that bears his name is on the run in Belize after being accused of running a meth-lab
‘It was meant to be very tongue-in-cheek,’ said Chris Harget, a former product manager who declined to get involved with these activities.
Indeed, although he denied knowledge of that game, McAfee did encourage creativity.
‘I didn’t look down on anything as long as work got done,’ said McAfee in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News from 2001.
‘We had lots of fun.’
Riding the wave of his incredible initial success, McAfee became disillusioned with his company as it increased in size.
It is said that on his 1992 round-the-world show to pitch his initial public offering, the entrepreneur would dip into hotel lobby’s and entertain passers-by with New Age compositions on the piano.
In 1994, he cashed in his share in his own company and moved to his secluded mansion in Woodland Park, Colorado, where he started the revolutionary Tribal Voice, a service which provided one of the first instant messaging services, predating Skype and Facebook by a decade.
Mr McAfee floated the company in New York in 1992 and had sold up completely by 1994 – making about £70m.
He later moved into property development and taught yoga.
One of the enthusiasts of the new sport was director Ang Lee (centre sitting), the director of ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ and he is shown the ropes by John McAfee (second left)
After Tribal Voice was sold for $17million in 1999, McAfee turned his attention to finding a different direction in his life, furthering his interests in yoga, jet skiing and developing his new sport, aerotrekking.
This involved flying small vehicles with large tarpaulin wingspans very low at 75-miles an hour close to the ground, which McAfee wanted to popularize as a national sport.
The millionaire bought a ranch in New Mexico and added another air-strip and gathered fellow trike enthusiasts to the property who called themselves ‘Sky Gypsies’.
However, in late 2006, his nephew called Joel Gordon Bitow took a 61-year old passenger named Robert Gilson aerotrekking and fatally crashed.
A $5 million lawsuit was brought against McAfee by the family of Robert Gilson, claiming that Bitow was illegally serving as an instructor.
In fact, it is claimed that this wrongful death lawsuit was one of the precipitating factors in McAfee leaving the United States to set up his new life in Belize.
The lawsuit’s status at this moment in time is unknown but it was filed at the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona.
John McAfee is facing a $5 million wrongful death lawsuit in Arizona for the death in 2006 of a 61-year-old former Air Force veteran who died while using one of McAfee’s aerotrekking craft