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John McAfee, the founder of the McAfee anti-virus software, is on the run, according to officials in Belize, who stated that he is evading charges for murder.
McAfee is accused of murdering American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was found dead Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town, Gizmodo reported, citing Belize officials. The maid found Faull's body on Sunday, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Last week, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee after charging him with firing off guns and demonstrating a "roguish behavior," according to the report. The unusual behavior had become more typical of McAfee, who, for some time, had distanced himself from his American life.
That change in behavior was attributed in some part to the construction of the page BlueLight, in 2010, a drug-focused site operating through a Russian-hosted message board. Under the user name StuffMonger, McAfee allegedly promoted the use of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPVD), which he also claimed to produce. McAfee suggested the he was "not the only person producing stuff" on one board.
"I try to keep track of all the recreational products on the world market, looking for constituents that provide evidence that other people are walking down this same path," stuffmonger wrote in post dated April of last year.
Such business haphazardly drew McAfee into the world of notorious gangsters in Belize.
On the blog, StuffMonger also admitted to taking the drugs and instructed other users on how to inject a dose.
Bath salts contain MPVD and have been illegalized in the United States. They have been linked to cases of erratic behavior, which includes that of the "Miami Cannibal" who was found gnawing of the cheek of a living homeless man.
Belize police stated that McAfee was on the run.