John McAfee's Last Stand (Kindle Single)

By Joshua Davis

There has been continually anything strange approximately John McAfee. The tech entrepreneur made a fortune from the antivirus software program that bears his identify, yet he additionally spent years as a cocaine addict, religious guru and yoga professional. In 2009, after wasting thousands within the inventory industry crash, he made up our minds to retire to the tiny principal American state of Belize. that is whilst issues particularly bought bizarre. He begun putting out with killers, prostitutes, and pimps. He fell in love with a 17-year-old and surrounded his tropical compound with armed guards. In November 2012 his neighbor used to be chanced on murdered. McAfee, who professed his innocence, fled the police and went into hiding.

WIRED's Joshua Davis had months of unique entry to McAfee ahead of his disappearance and used to be nearly the one journalist McAfee had touch with while he went at the lam. during this attention-grabbing profile, Davis takes readers into McAfee's center of darkness, a harrowing and jaw-dropping story of ambition, paranoia, intercourse, and insanity.

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TWELVE WEEKS prior to THE homicide, JOHN MCAFEE FLICKS open the cylinder of his Smith & Wesson revolver and empties the bullets, allowing them to clatter onto the desk among us. a number of tumble to the ground. McAfee is sixty six, lean and healthy, with veins bulging out of his forearms. His hair is bleached blond in patches, like a cheetah, and tattoos wrap round his palms and shoulders. greater than 25 years in the past, he shaped McAfee affiliates, a maker of antivirus software program that went directly to develop into immensely well known and used to be bought by way of Intel in 2010 for $7. sixty eight billion. Now he’s holed up in a bungalow at his island property 15 miles off the coast of Belize. The colours are drawn so i will see just a sliver of the white sand seashore and turquoise water outdoors. The desk is piled with packing containers of ammunition, faux IDs, Frontiersman endure deterrent, and a unmarried blue child pacifier. McAfee choices a bullet off the ground and fixes me with a wide-eyed, manic depth, his gentle blue eyes gleaming. “This is a bullet, correct? ” he says within the congenial Southern accessory that has caught with him on the grounds that his boyhood in Virginia. “Let’s placed the gun down,” I inform him. I’d come the following to enquire why the govt of Belize was once accusing him of assembling a personal military and coming into the drug exchange. It appeared unbelievable wildly winning tech entrepreneur may disappear into the important American jungle and turn into a narco-trafficker. Now I’m no longer so certain. yet he explains that the accusations are a fabrication. “Maybe what occurred didn’t truly happen,” he says, staring difficult at me. “Can I do an indication? ” He so much the bullet into the sparkling silver revolver and spins the cylinder. “This scares you, correct? ” he says. Then he places the gun to his head. My center price kicks up; it takes me a moment to reply. “Yeah, I’m scared,” I admit. “We don’t need to do that. ” “I recognize we don’t,” he says, the muzzle pressed opposed to his temple. after which he pulls the set off. not anything occurs. He pulls it 5 instances in fast succession. There are just six chambers. “Reholster the gun,” I call for. He retains his eyes mounted on me and pulls the set off a 6th time. nonetheless not anything. With the gun nonetheless to his head, he begins pulling the set off regularly. “I can do that all day long,” he says to the sound of the hammer clicking. “I can do that 1000 occasions. 10000 occasions. not anything will ever ensue. Why? since you have neglected whatever. you're working on an assumption approximately truth that's fallacious. ” It’s an analogous factor, he argues, with the government’s accusations. They have been a smoke screen—an try and distort reality—but there’s something every body consents on: the difficulty particularly received rolling within the humid predawn murk of April 30, 2012. 2. IT was once A MONDAY, approximately 4:50 AM. A television FLICKERED within the protect station of McAfee’s newly outfitted, 2. 5-acre jungle outpost at the Belizean mainland. on the a ways finish of the valuables, a muddy river flowed slowly earlier. Crocodiles lurked at the contrary financial institution, and howler monkeys screeched. within the protect station, a under the influence of alcohol evening watchman gaped at “Blond Ambition,” a Madonna live performance DVD.

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