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John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize 243

Posted by samzenpus
from the sneaky-is-as-sneaky-does dept.
It looks like the long and winding road of the John McAfee saga is going to continue for at least a little longer. McAfee posted a detailed blog post about how he was able to elude Belizean authorities and sneak out of the country. From the article: "'It's visually interesting and it is mostly a happy story — in line with most Christmas stories,' he wrote. The former software executive describes an operation that was heavy in advance planning and trickery. He says he planted a lookalike ('my double — a man I have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to John McAfee') and had him picked up by authorities in the northern Belize-Mexico border, while he and a group of friends and reporters loaded up a truck and headed in the opposite direction, to a southern town called Punta Gorda. With the news that he'd been arrested broadcasting on a local news station, McAfee figured that checkpoint security would relax."
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John McAfee Tells World How He Fooled Cops and Escaped Belize

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  • whoa (Score:5, Funny)

    by someone1234 (830754) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:12AM (#42409781)

    He must have been planning his escape for years!

  • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:12AM (#42409783) Journal

    Dunno about you, but I'm really sick and tired of yet another episode of the ensuing saga McAfee, the publicity whore !

    Please have some heart, Slashdot !!

    • by Bieeanda (961632) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:26AM (#42409831)
      Please, yes. The man's a scummy asshat who hasn't been involved in the tech industry for years. It isn't like that ghastly business with Hans Reiser, where there was at least the excuse of handwringing over the fate of the file system he was developing.
    • by LordLucless (582312) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:53AM (#42409889)

      I hate his software as much as the next Slashdot geek, and think he's nutty as a fruitcake, but he's hardly a publicity whore. Publicity whores don't vanish into south America for decades on end. Your comment reminds me of all the attacks on Julian Assange - it seems anyone who gets media attention for anything other than being a politician or a celebrity gets accused of publicity whoring.

      • by flyneye (84093) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:47AM (#42410023) Homepage

        Well, in Julians case, attention whoring seems to be saving his freedom and probably his life.
        If it weren't for attention whores, there'd be no entertainment, no stage, no t.v., no radio and no girlies with daddy issues who wanna cuddle up to ol' fly.
        Let's not make "attention whore" quite such an anathema.

      • by mrsquid0 (1335303)

        McAfee's software turned into something awful, but I do have fond memories of using some of his pre-Window software to edit the executable for a version of larn and change the names of some of the monsters and magic artefacts. The .exe file did not care what a monster was called, as long as the name had the same number of bytes.

        • by Bigbutt (65939)

          You sure you're not confusing him with Peter Norton? I'd use the Norton Utilities to edit my Larn executable.

          [John]

    • by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:03AM (#42409909)

      If you don't like the Lord of the McAfee franchise, you can:

      1. Vote the story down in the Submissions queue.
      2. Simply ignore the story and don't read it.
      3. Submit something more interesting yourself.
      4. Have your double — a man your have known for over 30 years and who years ago legally changed his name to Taco Cowboy read Slashdot for you.

      Hey, if I don't like the stories that get posted, I remind myself that with Slashdot, I get what I pay for it . . . and it's worth every penny of it . . .

      • it would have been really slash-worthy if he had changed his name to little johnny drop-tables.

        THAT would be funny.

        the rest is just - meh. rich-guy problems.

      • And the new slashdot would send an investigative reporter to the Belize holding cell and hear out the double's story, and come out with a book called False Positive The Story of McAfee's Escape

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          And the new slashdot would send an investigative reporter to the Belize holding cell and hear out the double's story, and come out with a book called False Positive The Story of McAfee's Escape

          Published by Packt, so naturally it would get a great front-page review on Slashdot. Win-win!

    • by Patch86 (1465427)

      What is a story about a famous software engineer getting accused of murder (sort of), going crazy and going on an international run from the police, doing on Slashdot? Is it either of interest to Nerds, or News?

      Or do you just want pictures of Spiderman?

  • by bistromath007 (1253428) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:21AM (#42409805)
    He should legally change his name to Carmen Sandiego.
  • by djl4570 (801529) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:26AM (#42409829) Journal
    I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.
    What really happened in Belize?
    Did he kill anyone?
    If yes, wouldn't it be righteous to allow the authorities to properly investigate the circumstances of the homicide?
    My sense is that Slashdot has been in the tank for McAfee since this started.
    I want the truth and the whole story.
    • Exactly! I've had a hard time finding any real details beyond hyperbole. So many people are screaming guilty and scum, but I can't find many specific details to conclude anything. Can anyone enlighten?
      • by Ash Vince (602485) * on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:43AM (#42409877) Journal

        Exactly! I've had a hard time finding any real details beyond hyperbole. So many people are screaming guilty and scum, but I can't find many specific details to conclude anything. Can anyone enlighten?

        The only details anyone apart from him knows is that his neighbour was shot dead. McAfee seems to believe that his neighbour was killed by a government death squad that was looking for him but got the wrong house so refused to even talk to the police investigating the shooting. The police view hiding from them as suspicious (lol, name a police officer who wouldn't) so are becoming more and more keen to talk to him.

        The only way we will ever find out anything close to the truth is if the cops catch the killer without his help and he is proved innocent or if he gets extradited back to Belize and decides to plead guilty. Neither are that likely to my mind.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          So, with a government death squad supposedly after him he got a lookalike who he's known for 30 years and who changed his name to John McAfee to hand hmself in? Did he explain the death squad bit first? Did his chosen victim believe any of it and if so then why participate - just because he wants to give his life to save the real McAffee? The whole thing is ludicrously far fetched. The sort of government who send death squads are not exactly likely to be gently with a false McAfee who deliberately aided and

          • by Alef (605149)

            So, with a government death squad supposedly after him he got a lookalike who he's known for 30 years and who changed his name to John McAfee to hand hmself in?

            ...in a different country. (But don't let that detail stop you from being 99% sure.)

          • by Tablizer (95088) on Friday December 28, 2012 @11:32AM (#42411441) Journal

            ludicrously far fetched. The sort of government who send death squads are not exactly likely to be gently with a false McAfee...who deliberately aided and abetted

            You are thinking like the middle class. Try it like this: "I'll give you 5 million if you pretend to be me and get the crap beat out of you for a year."

            I suspect roughly 1/4 the population would go for such a deal.

    • by Vintermann (400722) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:58AM (#42409899) Homepage

      Did he kill anyone?

      That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

      • by rudy_wayne (414635) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:07AM (#42410117)

        Did he kill anyone?

        That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

        It will soon be revealed that he killed Hans Reiser's wife.

        • by eric_herm (1231134) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:18AM (#42410177)

          Or rather, that he was hans Reiser wife who faked her own death in order to prevent reiserfs4 to be integrated upstream, paid as a ex russian secret agent by a unnamed super villain ( take your pick between Google, Microsoft, Apple or anything, we will explain for the next conspiracy that they are all the same company in the end )

          • by weszz (710261)

            oooo... choose your own adventure... I like that... Could be the next big thing... a community suspense book... each person gets to write a paragraph... Could make a million bucks from this... DIBS!

        • by Sulphur (1548251)

          Did he kill anyone?

          That's the important question. And I got to say, the more I hear of his antics (dopplegangers changing their name to his?) and novelty drug habits, the less inclined I am to give him the benefit of doubt on this one.

          It will soon be revealed that he killed Hans Reiser's wife.

          And the Enquirer will report film footage of the event in eleven years.

      • by gutnor (872759) on Friday December 28, 2012 @07:09AM (#42410133)

        He is a dodgy man living in a dodgy country in latina america. You need to take any news from either the government or McAfee with a spoonful of salt.

      • I don't know. From what I've seen, his lifestyle doesn't scream "murderer." He seems to be living a batshit-crazy life, to be sure, but he doesn't seem to be the murdering "type" if you will. Mind you, this is the opinion of an armchair commentator on slashdot stories about batshit-crazy people.
    • by Psyborgue (699890)
      I think it's perfectly reasonable not to hand your fate over to some third world country's justice system. That being said, i'm not sure he's telling the truth about everything he says in his blog. Then again, he could very well have good reason to lie or mislead until he feels he's safe enough to let down his guard and come out publicly. So what if he's a bit crazy or paranoid. Living in a shitty country with a lot of money you often have good reason to be.
      • by h4rr4r (612664)

        So then maybe don't move to such a country?

        Of course then he would have to deal with lawsuits and personal responsibility.

    • by PopeRatzo (965947)

      I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.

      I'd like to go on the record that I don't give a flying fuck what he says and I DON'T want to know the facts.

      • by Nyder (754090)

        I don't give a flying fuck what he says. I want to know the facts, not the accusations and spin.

        I'd like to go on the record that I don't give a flying fuck what he says and I DON'T want to know the facts.

        I figure it will become a made for TV movie that I will end up watching the next time i'm waiting in the emergency room of a hospital, or in jail, or somewhere where I can NOT change the channel.

    • YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH!
    • by AK Marc (707885) on Friday December 28, 2012 @01:30PM (#42412311)
      The police want the truth too. He's wanted for questioning. He lived next door to someone who was murdered. He is a suspect until cleared, and maybe a material witness. The police have wanted nothing but to check with him about those things. He's done nothing but run and give excuses why he's running. If he weren't a criminal, why didn't he go to the US or UK embassies and invite the authorities in for questioning? The closest I could get to an answer to that is that he's a US tax evader, so, being a criminal facing lots of US jail time, he was avoiding anywhere with an extradition treaty with the US, until he was caught in Guatemala, which does extradite, and he's on his way to Miami now (or is in San Fran, or whatever). Turns out everyone avoiding capture ends up in the US eventually. They aren't avoiding the local charge, they are avoiding getting sent to the US.

      But the US almost always gets them in the end. The Republicans complain about the New World Order, but were instrumental in putting it in place. The difference is that rather than submitting to a world government, the US has asserted itself to be the world government. But it's a New World Order none the less.
    • by AK Marc (707885)
      McAfee is a drug dealer living in Belize because the committed fraud and tax evasion in the US and fled. He had guard dogs that bit people off his property. His neighbor put out poison on his own property to defend himself from McAfee's violent dogs. The dogs ate the poison, and returned home, sick. McAfee confronted his neighbor, who defended his actions, after all, if McAfee had properly restrained his dogs, they'd be alive. McAfee killed his neighbor (revenge for killing his dogs). He then began ru
      • by smugfunt (8972)

        The rest is not in dispute.

        This whole post is false or inaccurate and/or pure speculation.
        Or are you claiming some inside info not available to the rest of us?

  • "I'm so clever..." (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mystyc (561347) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:41AM (#42409875)
    Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops. I get it, maybe eventually talk about it in an autobiography, but he may technically still be evading said authorities. He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".
    • by mseeger (40923)

      He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".

      Thanks for the hope your giving us ;-).

    • by Raumkraut (518382)

      Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops.

      I'd imagine that they generally don't.
      The cops sure as hell aren't going to make an international song and dance about all the suspects who've slipped through their grasp, so the only such people you'll hear from are the self-aggrandising gloaters.

      You're not likely to hear from anyone who's keeping a low profile, by definition.

    • Why is it that people who have evaded authorities find it irresistible to gloat about how "clever" they are to have outwitted cops. I get it, maybe eventually talk about it in an autobiography, but he may technically still be evading said authorities. He might as well say, "nanna nanna booboo, come and get me!".

      He's monologuing. That's the downfall of every evil villain.

      In this case, he's probably more of a rich, paranoid nutbag than anything. Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but he's not helping his case any and I'm not going to vouch for the authorities in Belize, either.

  • Delusional (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Snjit (18259) on Friday December 28, 2012 @06:46AM (#42410017) Homepage

    This has gone beyond news to just soap opera drama that belongs on a bad trash news site, not ./

    I don't expect top notch, confirmed journalism from any internet news site but this one is pure fantasy on the part of McAfee. Stop feeding this delusional, drug addled news whore. He hasn't done anything for technology since selling his business. Stop letting these "news" stories through to the front page.

    Thanks

    • by Dr. Tom (23206)

      Yeah, that blog post is probably all fake, yet another bit of social engineering designed to misdirect attention.
      It's entertaining, I say, and relevant, for /.

      --
      You think this is cool, just wait for McAfee's Escape II

    • Man, that dotslash site really sucks!
  • by wbr1 (2538558)
    A virus specialist deployed a Trojan?
    Was that to evade capture or with his 18 year old girlfriend?
  • There's a fine line between panache and smug.
    People hate smug, so that's a really really good way to lose one's public support.

  • GTFO (Score:5, Insightful)

    by slashmydots (2189826) on Friday December 28, 2012 @08:57AM (#42410567)
    I am going to be beyond pissed if the US doesn't extradite his dumb ass straight back to Belize.
    • Apparently if Belize wants that, all they have to do is file a warrant for his arrest. They didn't do that, which is why Guatemala let him go. I have no idea why Belize didn't file a warrant for his arrest. Most likely McAfee isn't as interesting as he thinks to the Belize government.
      • by Algae_94 (2017070)
        Possibly because Belize doesn't have enough evidence to bother filing a warrant. If they were able to talk to him, they might have gotten the information they needed, but they didn't get to talk to him.
      • Re:GTFO (Score:4, Interesting)

        by mu51c10rd (187182) on Friday December 28, 2012 @05:04PM (#42414301)

        It was odd to me as well. We do [wikipedia.org] have an extradition treaty with Belize, so they could charge him and request him back. I'd like to see how he plans on dodging the FBI or Marshall's service.

  • That could have ended badly for the other John McAffe. If the Belize authorities aren't any better than cops in, say rural Texas, they aren't likely to care all that much that they have got the wrong guy.

    Dude could easily have found himself sitting in prison the night before his execution, writing "Its a far far better thing I do today than I have ever done before; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

  • he install the fake mcafee on there systems as well as the real one and that give him the time to get away while there had to rebuild there systems.

  • by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Friday December 28, 2012 @09:44AM (#42410781)

    or book... you do realize that's where all this publicity has been leading right?

  • by Shoten (260439)

    On one hand, how batshit crazy paranoid do you have to be to befriend a lookalike and maintain that relationship for many, many years, even getting him to change his name to yours. On the other hand, that same batshit insanity probably leads to situations where you would need said body double...

  • Should really be in idle.

  • You'd think someone that would have such a contingency plan against the "government that is out to get him" would just go somewhere else, pay taxes, and not have to come up with such plans.

  • the difference being that I actually believed the assange story. Mcafee gives no explaination for why the police supposedly want him dead

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