MEXICO CITY -- Software company founder John McAfee, who is being sought in the investigation of the killing of a fellow U.S. citizen, said Monday that he has fled from Belize using a bizarre ruse.
Mr. McAfee claimed in a blog posting that he had evaded authorities by staging an elaborate distraction in neighboring Mexico. In an email to The Associated Press, he 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," Mr. 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 firm founder wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of fellow ex-pat Gregory Viant Faull, who was shot to death in early November on the Belize island where they both had homes.
Since then, Mr. McAfee has refused to turn himself in for questioning, saying he fears that Belizean police would kill him.
A Faull family representative on Monday said the real issues -- the murder of an American who, by all accounts, was well-liked by his neighbors on Belize's Ambergris Caye -- are getting lost.
Mr. Faull was shot to death in his home, a couple of houses down from the compound where Mr. McAfee kept several noisy dogs, employed armed guards and entertained a steady stream of young women brought in from the mainland. Mr. McAfee acknowledges that his dogs were bothersome, and that Mr. Faull had complained about them, but denied killing him. Several McAfee dogs were poisoned shortly before Mr. Faull's killing.
Mr. McAfee, creator of the McAfee antivirus program, has led an eccentric life since he sold his stake in the anti-virus software company named after him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.