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John McAfee's Belize Home Burns To Ground 131

Velcroman1 writes "The former island home of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee burned down Thursday afternoon under circumstance he told 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 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.

  • 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
  • by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @11:17AM (#43767977) Homepage Journal

    BBC did a viddy on this in 1992. []

    Just paranoid, bullshit? Sponsored by the CIA and British intelligence, NATO operatives - under the false-front, operating as a "Marxist Terror Gang" kidnapped and murdered the Prime Minister of Italy in 1978.

    This was just a single instance of organized para-national political violence including strings of European bombings and assassinations, beginning in the 1940's and continuing at least into the 1990's. []

    Then, after the cold war, there are no longer "Marxist Terror Gangs". They all just gave up and went home, I guess. Now, there are "Muslim Terror Gangs". Amazing.

    PS. Don't look too closely at the Balkans.

  • 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 Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 19, 2013 @02:08PM (#43768757)

    ...because without Government people can't build proper homes?

    Isn't that like saying the Government is the only entity that can build roads?

  • 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 Luckyo ( 1726890 ) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @06:29PM (#43769883)

    This nutcase basically had close contacts with local gangs to supply his drug addiction. Then in drunken frenzy he killed his neighbor which didn't get cleaned up by his gang friends and got in trouble with the local law on the level he couldn't fix with money.

    Next you'll start calling drug smugglers on Afghanistan-Iran border "political prisoners".

  • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Monday May 20, 2013 @05:22AM (#43772147)

    "Then, after the cold war, there are no longer "Marxist Terror Gangs". They all just gave up and went home, I guess. Now, there are "Muslim Terror Gangs". Amazing."

    To be fair a lot of terror gangs gave up and went home and I think it'd be hard to suggest some of them were run by the security services. Some of the Palestinian organisations, some of the Japanese groups and so forth for example. There were far more terror groups in the 60s, 70s, and 80s than there were afterwards

    I think it's a combination of the fact that policies not to negotiate with terrorists, combined with successful anti-terror operations that left the terrorists red faced (in more ways than one) combined with increase global stability (which let's face it, did happen after the cold war) coupled with greater global prosperity as a result decreased the impact of it.

    In fact, you can see a pretty strong parallel between the decrease of poverty in places where these groups were from a decrease in prominence and existence of such groups so I'd frankly wager that it's more about that than anything.

    I think the security services are given way too much credit. Given the sorts of absurd fuckups they're often responsible for I'm not really sure they have the competence to carry out the sort of conspiracies you suggest.

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