Who was John McAfee, the creator of the antivirus, who died on Wednesday?

A heavy drug user

A brilliant student, John McAfee was also a heavy user of drugs and alcohol. Consumption that he had started as a teenager, after a troubled childhood.

After a doctorate in mathematics, he worked in the “tech” sector and continued to indulge in his addictions: “Most of my bosses were on drugs too. I was in tech after all … We were at the forefront of technology and at the forefront of personal experimentation “, he said, according to the BBC. “I had to hide from my mother and sometimes also from my wife. But in my work environment, in some companies, drugs were used openly at lunchtime, in people’s offices. It was a funny time. . “

In the 1980s, after being quit by his wife and losing his job, he plunged into drug addiction before ending up in Alcoholics Anonymous.

“It was in 1984, the last time I took drugs, drank alcohol or sold drugs,” he said.

At the end of the 2000s, he settled in Belize, a small state in Central America, where he officially opened a research laboratory for natural antibiotics, says Vanity Fair.

Suspected of associating with local criminals and of manufacturing methamphetamine, the American is visited by the local police at his home: the latter has not found drugs but $ 20,000 in cash, several weapons including seven shotguns , 270 rounds of ammunition and about fifty magazines. During the police raid, the American was sleeping with a 17-year-old girl in his arms.

Suspected of murder

In Belize, McAfee has developed great paranoia. He lived surrounded by guard dogs, bodyguards … One day in 2012, his neighbor, Gregory Faull, was found shot in the head. McAfee is suspected, especially since this neighbor had just lodged a complaint against him for a dispute over the American’s dogs.

McAfee then embarked on a mad run that began … in his garden.

The yoga fan first hid for a few hours under sand, a cardboard box on his head to be able to breathe, when the police arrived at his home, he told Wired. “It was incredibly uncomfortable,” he said.

According to McAfee, all this would be a plot of Belize against him: he had, in fact, refused to finance the electoral campaigns of the country …

The businessman then tried to flee to Guatemala, where he was arrested at the border and then deported to the United States. He was not tried in criminal proceedings, but was fined $ 25 million in civil terms for the assassination of his neighbor.

A formidable businessman

The eccentric American was also a formidable businessman, not necessarily very honest.

After making a fortune with his famous antivirus in 1987, he became a millionaire.

Victim of the subprime crisis in 2007-2008, he moved to Belize.

Since the late 2010s, the man who ran for the White House several times had become a cryptocurrency guru. Last March, he was indicted by the American justice system for having promoted several operations related to these cryptocurrencies to his fans on Twitter without telling them that he was probably going to withdraw tidy sums from them.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.

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