In the most recent chapter of John McAfee’s humdrum life, the software tycoon’s $500,000 Belize property was burned to the ground in a fire on May 16. While local news agencies pinned the incident on a small bush fire that burned out of control, McAfee, ever the center of mystery, suspects foul play.
In a post on his personal blog, McAfee pointed to the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Oliver Barrow as a possible culprit:
As mentioned in an earlier post, the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Oliver Barrow has enormous power and puts into action whenever he needs to... today was another good example...
This afternoon my compound in Orange Walk was burned to the ground, my sources confirm that barrow was livid over the fact that my employees were acquitted of all charges last month and that an investment group was about the purchase the property (sale was supposed to close over the next few days).
Another source at the U.S. Embassy called me to confirm that the fires were not accidental...
McAfee, 67, famously went on the run last November after authorities in Belize declared him a person of interest in the fatal shooting of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull. He was eventually detained in Guatemala and deported to the United States. Faull’s murder remains unsolved.
Read about Jeff Wise's bizarre encounter with John McAfee here.