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John McAfee's Belize Home Burns To Ground 131

Posted by timothy
from the bet-he-gets-the-last-laugh dept.
Velcroman1 writes "The former island home of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee burned down Thursday afternoon under circumstance he told FoxNews.com were 'suspicious.' It's an odd choice of words from a man whom the Belize police found suspicious, following the November 2012 murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well-liked builder from Florida who was shot at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. 'I believe that there are a select few with great power in Belize that will go to great lengths to harm me,' McAfee said. 'This fire was not just a strange coincidence.'" Watch for more from McAfee soon.
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John McAfee's Belize Home Burns To Ground

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    How about no?

    • by lxs (131946) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:58AM (#43767901)

      Come on! I'm making popcorn.

    • How about no?

      I was gonna go with "not if I can help it"; but the sentiment's the same.

      • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:49PM (#43770979) Journal

        Watch me get hate for even saying it but I'm tired of so many making him out to be a hero when all he is is a junkie that skipped out on a murder charge.

        I mean lets just look at what we know to be facts, FACT 1- he bragged about doing a highly dangerous drug in large quantities (bath salts) that is known to cause paranoia, violence, and feelings of persecution. FACT 2- He also bragged about his rather large gun collection and was known to often carry guns on his person, FACT 3- The ONLY person that they reported having any beef with the deceased was McAfee, with them getting into several heated arguments about all the shit going on at his compound...now if YOU were running the police, who would be YOUR prime suspect in this case?

        We are talking about a guy that is a proven and known liar, who in his Q&A with Slashdot talked about how he had been "clean and sober for 15 years" when his own blogs from 6 months before the incident were filled with his rantings about how bath salts gave him massive boners that allowed him to keep up with the 16 year olds he was banging at the compound. We are also talking about a guy that paid others to dress and act like him when the cops were looking for a suspect in a murder case that was known to have firearms and thus could have easily gotten one of them killed...this is NOT a nice guy folks, its really not.

        People seem to forget there is a family that now mourns and the only real suspect the police had obstructed an investigation and skipped town. Would anybody be cheering this guy if the man he was accused of killing was on US soil at the time? would anybody be cheering if it was the opposite and a man in the USA had been murdered and he skipped to Belize?

        When you break it down the sad and ugly truth is a lot of the arguments for this guy end up coming down to racism and nationalism, like any crime that happens in South America "doesn't count" because they can't be trusted to run even a single murder investigation and they MUST be corrupt, which if that were true being rich would have given him MORE of an advantage as he could have just bought them off. The whole thing just stinks and with pricks like this running around and people cheering this sociopath you can see where the phrase "Ugly American" comes from, I just wish more people had as much feeling for the dead guy as they show for this douchebag.

  • by davmoo (63521) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:39AM (#43767813)

    I'd be willing to bet that McAfee had it burnt down himself to add to his story and keep his name in the press.

    • by kasperd (592156) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:57AM (#43767889) Homepage Journal
      We can be almost certain, it was no coincidence. But at this point any statements about who was behind it is nothing more than speculation. Perhaps we'll never know for sure.
      • by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @11:59AM (#43768143)

        Nah, I've been to Belize. There's no government (i.e. no fire department and no building codes) to speak of, so pretty much any house fire is going to be a "burn to the ground" situation.

        To be quite frank, I'm surprised more people there don't die turning on the lights.

        • by kasperd (592156)

          There's no government (i.e. no fire department and no building codes) to speak of, so pretty much any house fire is going to be a "burn to the ground" situation.

          But that doesn't influence the probability of the fire starting in the first place. It isn't due to the fire department, that most people don't experience their house burning to the ground. Rather it is because a house being on fire doesn't happen that often. (For some reason this reminds me of a story involving a staple gun and 500kg of fireworks).

      • by Jonah Hex (651948)
        I'm waiting for McAfee - The Motion Picture in order to find out who done it! - HEX
    • by DigiShaman (671371) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @11:04AM (#43767923) Homepage

      If you're going to make meth, it's advised to not use the "shake-n-bake" process as It's been known to burn down buildings. Just sayin.

    • And to destroy evidence.
    • So what is the benefit to keeping his name in the press?

    • He's certainly not likely to go back to Belize soon anyway...
    • His compound is located here:

      http://goo.gl/maps/EwSc3 [goo.gl]

      The collection of blue roofed buildings witha pool and a dock are his place, as seen in a number of photographs in the press.

      • With that many trees near to the house there is little wonder that the fire burned it all down.

      • by smugfunt (8972)

        The fire was at McAfee's compound near Orange Walk on the mainland, not his house on Ambergris Caye (contrary to Fox's lazy assumption).

        This time of year it's very dry, especially up north. Bush fires are not uncommon. The caretaker claimed it was a bush fire that took out the buildings. It's plausible, though it doesn't say much for his caretaking skills.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:40AM (#43767819)

    John McAfee of all people should know that you should never rely 100% on your anti-virus software.

    He should have installed a firewall ...

  • by MRe_nl (306212) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:41AM (#43767827)

    'I believe that there are a select few with great power in Belize that will go to great lengths to harm me', McAfee said. 'This fire was not just a strange coincidence'.
    'Somebody's cast a high level Firewall'.

  • Probably robbery. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ruir (2709173) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @10:42AM (#43767833)
    I would not be surprised if the "suspicious" fire isnt just a cover up for the theft of the insides of the home. It is a standard procedure, even body officials do it all the time in 3rd countries like for instance a "fire" in the arms deposits to cover up traffic of weapons. meh
  • Is he gonna hurt somebody?

  • Strange... (Score:4, Funny)

    by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @11:43AM (#43768069)
    Checked again: though my system says Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS, I still see "McAfee" everywhere...
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Stop giving it to him

  • Soap opera! (Score:5, Funny)

    by cplusplus (782679) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @12:52PM (#43768371) Journal
    This is the first soap opera that I've ever followed. This guy's life is so weird and his ramblings are so amusing that I find myself looking forward to each new episode. Wait, this is real? :-)
    • The guy had a body double with the same name as him. It is not a stretch, in my mind, for him to arrange the burning of his house for any reason. And to claim to be the victim afterwards.
    • by Thud457 (234763)

      This is the first soap opera that I've ever followed.

      I think the term you're thinking of is telenovela.

      The plot is ridiculously implausible and the characters are cardboard cartoon cut-outs. I heard Univision passed on the pilot.

  • The man lived in the middle of the jungle in a third world nation. Of course it burned down. No doubt 50 squatters were living there when it did.

    • by unimacs (597299)
      From what I understand he had two places in Belize. On located in the mainland off of the New river (which I saw) and the other on Ambergris Caye which I probably was within a couple miles of. I think it was the latter which burned down. It was on a quiet part of an island otherwise filled with tourists and American expatriates. It's not as remote as you're thinking it is. The place I grew up in the states probably had a worse road and was located next to a smaller town.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 19, 2013 @01:39PM (#43768613)

    Seriously, does anybody give a shit about McAfee's little world?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      People who hold stock in the company that bears his name probably care.

      Perhaps this is an ingenious scheme by Mr McAfee!

      1) tarnish your own name with crazy behavior
      2) ??? (ask your former company for X million dollars, in return for a promise to never speak to the press again)
      3) Profit!

    • It's Slashdot and the tech world's version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

      • by cffrost (885375)

        It's Slashdot and the tech world's version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

        Yes, although Slashdot and the tech world's version of Keeping Up with the Kardashians should be Keeping Up with the Cardassians.

  • Why is it odd? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuperKendall (25149) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @03:32PM (#43769111)

    It's an odd choice of words from a man whom the Belize police found suspicious

    Police try to frame MCaffe, he escapes.

    Next best thing - burn down his house.

    I failed to see why this does not greatly support his narrative of what happened. He's not even there to burn it down himself...

    I mean, lets say a corrupt government was after you. Why do you think it unlikely they would burn down your house after you crossed them?

    • by Xest (935314)

      Why would they burn down your luxury mansion rather than just seize it and make it their own?

      Does McAfee really care about a house he'll probably never be able to return to or recoup anything from being burned down?

      • Why would they burn down your luxury mansion rather than just seize it and make it their own?

        Pretty obviously because they can't legally seize it, easier just to set fire to it... at which point they can condemn and seize the property. You just are so naive...

        • by Xest (935314)

          So they can have someone murdered and frame a guy for it, they can have a house burnt down, but they can't figure out how to legally seize the property?

          You're not the sharpest tool in the box are you?

    • by ultranova (717540)

      Police try to frame MCaffe, he escapes.

      Proof? Because the competing narrative - police very reasonably includes McAfee in the list of suspects, and he's a paranoid nut from all the bath salts he's been doing, and possibly guilty, so he escapes - is actually simpler. It doesn't require us to assume corruption, government conspiracies, unknown assailants, or any other factoids we don't already know; it fits right in with all known facts.

      Next best thing - burn down his house.

      As opposed to simply seizing it a

      • Proof? Because the competing narrative - police very reasonably includes McAfee in the list of suspects, and he's a paranoid nut from all the bath salts he's been doing, and possibly guilty, so he escapes - is actually simpler.

        It was before the fire. The fire is more complex in your version, less in the one where the police are framing McAffee and getting back at him any way they can.

        Otherwsie you have to concoct some story about how he paid a guy to go set a fire on his own property, for some dubious end.

  • Why in the world is everyone so fascinated about this little tiny person?
  • Perhaps John McAfee should do us all a favor and stay in his libertarian paradise with no fire department and police force to protect him.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Not quite true...

      http://www.paradisehunter.com/CountryInformation/Belize/Living-There/Emergency-Services

  • by Rob_Bryerton (606093) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @09:13PM (#43770559) Homepage
    SETTING: SOMEWHERE OFF THE COAST OF BELIZE

    After stowing away on a SEAL training flight, John exited the aircraft at 50,000 feet. His H.A.L.O. insertion going to plan, he landed 50 nautical miles in the blue waters off the coast of Belize. As luck would have it, there was a submarine, a Russian boomer, on the surface, which John quickly boarded. After killing the captain with his own sidearm, John took command of the sub. Setting course for his island lair, the Russian sub was intercepted by an American fast attack sub with Alec Baldwin on board coaching the crew.

    Several "Crazy Ivan's" later, the US sub dodging Russian torpedoes all the while, the Russian sub was struck by its own torpedo, fatally damaging the vessel. By this time, the majority of the crew had committed suicide, opting for that fate rather than listen to John regale them with his witty anecdotes of his worldly exploits. As the sub was sinking, John managed to escape to the surface using a deep water escape gadget, which, as the inventor, he owns the patent on.

    Armed only with his trusty knife, he fought off several Great White sharks, and met up with a pod of Pacific spotted dolphins who, recognizing him, agreed to help him reach his island stronghold. Knowing both the CIA and members of the former KGB were closing on his location, John set about arming the charges he had built into the foundation of his house and laboratory.

    Laughing maniacally, John set off the charges as he slowly walked away from his compound, huge explosions in the background. This ensuring nobody would ever get the secrets of his special formula female Viagra created with his own blend of freebase MDPV and rare jungle herbs.

    CUE BOND MUSIC, FADE TO BLACK...
  • my first thought is he is unable to sell it at ridiculous price and tired of upkeep and high taxes so he torches it to collect insurance.
  • On my recent trip to Belize I noticed the first thing while landing that there were random small fires everywhere. The place across the hotel from where we stayed had a fire one day in their yard for hours making a lot of smoke. The fire department came with their engine to put it out because it apparently had gotten a little out of control.

    I asked a local what was up with all the fires and he said it's due to spontaneous combustion from the "heat" but I know exactly what it is, people burning their trash!

    A

  • ...that make me seriously doubt that this was a fire deliberately set by Belize officials:

    1) Fox News. 'Nuff said.
    2) John McAfee. Unintelligent, paranoid moonbat ramblings from somebody who could have murdered another person and did what could be best described as a Beer Run from the authorities but replace the word "Beer" with "Coke and Heroin" and replace "Run" with "Higher than a fucking kite"...

    Yeah... Totally trustworthy person worth my trust [imgur.com].
  • Sure, governments are all corrupt. Sure, McAfee isn't the world's greatest human. Sure, no one here can possibly deduce what is truth and what is fiction. But sure, many here will offer their feeling-based opinion.

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