MEXICO CITY – Software company founder John McAfee said Monday he has fled from Belize using a bizarre ruse, adding yet another chapter in what threatens to become one of the biggest media fugitive frenzies since O.J. Simpson led police on a low-speed chase in 1994.
McAfee claimed in a blog posting he had evaded authorities by staging an elaborate distraction in neighboring Mexico.
In an email to The Associated Press, McAfee confirmed a posting to his website in which he described, in what appeared to be joking tones, how he mounted the ruse.
My double, carrying on (sic) a North Korean passport under my name, was detained in Mexico for pre-planned misbehavior, McAfee wrote in the posting, but due to indifference on the part of authorities (he) was evicted from the jail and was unable to serve his intended purpose in our exit plan.
It was a turn typical of the bizarre saga of the eccentric anti-virus company founder wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of fellow American ex-pat Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death at the Belize island where they both had homes in early November.
Since then, McAfee has refused to turn himself in for questioning, saying he fears Belizean police would kill him, and has titillated the media with phone calls, emails and blog posts detailing his life on the lam. It has all resulted in a rather undignified media scrum to get interviews with McAfee, complete with taunts.
Vice magazine, two of whose journalists are reportedly traveling with McAfee, posted a story entitled We Are with John McAfee Right Now, Suckers.
A representative of the Faull family said Monday that the real issues – the murder of an American who by all accounts was well-liked by his neighbors on Belizes Ambergris Caye – are getting lost.
The real issues are that a human life was violently taken, (and) authorities lack all the information ... were beyond the danger of them being lost, its become entertainment. This is tragic to the family, said Dan Keeney of Texas-based DPK Public Relations, who has issued statements on behalf of the Faull family.