John McAfee is back on American soil after fleeing Belize in the wake of his neighbor’s murder investigation. He spent three weeks on the run and turned up in Guatemala where he was arrested for illegal entry into the country. He begged for asylum, faked an illness and was deported to the United States. Now he is penniless and hanging out in South Beach, having abandoned his fortune and property in Belize.
From ABC here:
John McAfee’s month-long international run from police through two Central American nations ended with a flight to Miami, where the businessman who says he abandoned his fortune admitted to playing the “crazy card.”
He eventually snuck out of the airport in a cab and headed to South Beach. After walking down famed Ocean Drive to the bewilderment of tourists and eating sushi, his first meal in three days, he sat down with ABC News and admitted to playing the “crazy card” and says he is broke.
“I have nothing now,” McAfee said. He claims he left everything behind in Belize, including $20 million in investments and about 15 properties. “I’ve got a pair of clothes and shoes, my friend dropped off some cash.”
After three weeks ducking authorities in Belize, by hiding in attics, in the jungle and in dingy hotels, he turned up in Guatemala Dec. 3.
Barely a day later he was detained for entering the country illegally. As Guatemala officials grappled with how to handle his request for asylum and the Belize government’s demand for his deportation, McAfee fell ill. The mysterious illness, described by his attorney alternately as a heart ailment or a nervous breakdown, led to a scene with reporters chasing his ambulance down the narrow streets of Guatemala City and right into the emergency room, where McAfee appeared unresponsive.
He now says it was all a ruse: “It was a deception but who did it hurt? I look pretty healthy, don’t I?” “I was on the run with a 20-year-old girl for three and a half weeks inside their borders and everyone was looking for me, and they did not catch me,” he said. “I escaped, was captured and they tried to send me back. Now I’m sitting in Miami. There had to be some ineptness.”
He denies any involvement in his neighbor’s death but adds that he is not particularly concerned about clearing his name. He is focused on getting his 20-year-old and 17-year-old girlfriends out of Belize and says he has no idea what he’ll do next, where he’ll live or how he’ll support himself.
McAfee is crazy. But he’s also interesting and has had some wild adventures. I bet he finds his way to a reality TV show within a month.