According to Gizmodo, the antivirus pioneer is a prime suspect in the murder of an American expatriate named Gregory Faull who was shot in his home on Saturday night. Faull, described in the report as a well-liked builder, had previously filed a formal complaint against McAfee for firing off guns and exhibiting “roguish behavior.” Apparently the two men had had a disagreement about dogs sometime before Faull was shot.
A police statement obtained by Gizmodo notes that police haven’t established a motive yet, but are pursuing several leads, one of which appears to be McAfee.
McAfee founded the company that bears his name in the late 1990s and went on to sell it to Intel for $7.7 billion in 2010. Since then, McAfee has turned his attention to a new company he co-founded called Quorumex, which is based in Belize and researches antibiotics. Gizmodo states that McAfee has become “increasingly erratic” and estranged in recent years — experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs and posting to chat rooms about his experiences.
Earlier this year, McAfee was arrested in Belize for possessing illegal firearms, which he described at the time as being a “bogus charge.” He also accused police of having killed his dog during the raid on his house — for whatever reason, dogs seem to be a recurring theme in all this.
This is not the first time a software company founder is wanted for murder. Hans Reiser, one of the founders of ReiserFS filesystem was convicted of killing his wife in 2008.