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Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run (gizmodo.co.uk)
100 points by pier0 on May 26, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 19 comments

Nice title - but by reading the article it seems (McAfee's suspicion) is this more of an issue regarding a rich ex-patriot refusing to bribe a local official in the developing world, then meth labs or dead dogs.

I would not ordinarily correct a false-cognate spelling mistake but since this one will get you in trouble: Expatriates live abroad, ex-patriots have grown to hate their country.

The two sets are very much not coextensive.

My mistake, thanks for highlighting this error.

Very likely

If you know the right people and "give gifts" you'll have no trouble

All this, just because John McAfee wouldn't drop some coin into the local politician's "campaign coffer"? Either we're not being told the full story even by McAfee, or life in Belize is a real dog (excuse the pun).

Yes. Taxes. He more than likely would pay a higher percentage to live in a more developed country.

In order to escape the US tax system, you need to renounce your citizenship. Since the article stated that the US embassy helped him get out of jail, I'm going to say he is probably still a citizen, and ergo, not able to dodge taxes.

Whatever Western country he may be a citizen of, his "payoff" to the local politician would probably be a lower percentage of his wages compared to paying into another "tax" system.

Belize is one of the scariest places I've ever been (along with Antigua, on my list of "avoid" in latin america). It is scary because it seems safe on the surface (unlike actual war zones), but is gang ridden right under the surface, and it's really easy to get caught up in it. (friends of friends were murdered in each place, although in Antigua it was due to the offshore gambling industry turf war craziness; in Belize it was just gang bystanders).

IMO it is insane that some of the Seasteading people seem to be considering doing anything there.

Early working life of McAfee is "interesting" / "weird".

Aggressive and perhaps misleading self-promotion and scare-mongering of viruses; the virus ambulance; and perhaps most unpleasant (maybe with benefit of hindsight) was the "HIV free certificated sex club".

"he’d been rousted from the bed he shared with a 17 year old woman"

Umm no...that's a girl not a woman.

The age of consent in Belize is 16 [1], the same as in much of the world (and the majority of US states [2]), so legally she is a woman.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_Americ...

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_Americ...

I don't see the flow of your argument. I would have called her a seventeen year old girl that is legally allowed to have sex. We normally associate adulthood with voting age.

We who?

Maybe you meant to say "age of majority" instead of voting age"?

agreed. that little nugget of information begs to be fleshed out.

Apparently the age of consent is 16 in Belize: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ages_of_consent_in_North_Americ...

Eh, when an older rich guy moves to a poor country there's never much doubt about his reasons (unless he's genuinely running from the law). Another example


And he's 66... pretty odd. There are plenty of women in their mid twentys if he likes younger chicks.

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