Computer Billionaire, a Refugee in Murder Case, Tells of Wild Disguises in New Blog
The software magnate writes of donning rags and peddling wooden dolphins, as well as watching police decapitate his already-dead dogs.
Anti-virus king John McAfee is growing increasingly buggy.
Wanted by police in Belize for questioning in relation to the murder of his antagonistic next-door neighbor in that country, McAfee has gone deep into hiding.. To keep the world abreast of his on-going evasion, the eccentric billionaire -- who is said to have been experimenting with hallucinogenics -- has launched a blog called "The Hinterlands" that details his side of the story. The blog was authenticated by a friend and co-writer of McAfee's in a phone call with ABC News.
In a new post to the site -- his tenth since Saturday -- he describes various costumed gambits that took him to the very brink of discovery.
In addition to coloring his beard grey, the 67-year old says he "darkened the skin of my face, neck and hands carefully with shoe polish and put on an LA Saints baseball cap with the brim facing backwards and tufts of the front of my hair sticking out unkempt through the band." He also wadded up his cheeks with chewed bubble gum, to plumpen his face, and darkened his teeth. In addition, he "stuffed a shaved down tampon deep into my right nostril and died the tip dark brown – giving my nose an awkward, lopsided, disgusting appearance."
Donning raggedy clothing and pushing a one-speed bicycle up the boardwalk, he used a heavy Spanish accent to engage reporters, not as some twisted version of himself, but as a Guatemalan salesman, peddling various wears. "On my second day," he writes, "while peddling small wooden carvings, I nearly sold a dolphin carving to an Associated Press reporter standing at the edge of my dock."
McAfee also says he approached his own estate, which was being searched by police, who shooed him off as they dug up and decapitated his dead dogs; he later returned in the guise of a crazed German tourist.
In addition, McAfee makes complaints of illegal searches and arrests of his household staff, while also allowing his 20-year old Belizean girlfriend to write a guest post describing the nature of their relationship (he is very generous to her, she says). His other posts have professed his innocence, linking to various news articles about corruption in the Belizean government.