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Antivirus pioneer John McAfee wanted for murder

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McAfee wanted by police

John McAfee, the man famous for his antivirus computer software, is wanted for questioning in connection to a murder in Belize.

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

John McAfee, the founder and namesake of the McAfee antivirus software company, is wanted for murder in Belize, according to a report.

According to Gizmodo, the antivirus pioneer is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate 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 behaviour." Apparently the two men had had a disagreement about dogs sometime before Faull was shot.

Reportedly wanted for murder ... John McAfee.

Reportedly wanted for murder ... John McAfee.

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 80s, but left the company in 1994. It was sold to Intel for $US7.7 billion in 2010. McAfee has since turned his attention to a new company he co-founded called Quorumex, which is based in Belize and researches antibiotics. 

Gizmodo notes that McAfee has allegedly become "increasingly erratic" and estranged in recent years, experimented 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.

As strange as it is, McAfee isn't the first founder of a software company to be accused or murder. Hans Reiser, the Linux programmer behind the ReiserFS filesystem, was convicted of killing his wife in 2008.

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