We have received hundreds of serious offers for help since this blog began. If you have been following the comments in this blog, which now number over 3,000, you will have seen many of these offers. I would like to thank everyone of you:
I have received 18 offers from people who wanted to help extract me from Belize. I have emailed all of you. With the exception of three, none of you asked for money or any other sort of compensation. Each of you would have placed yourselves, or your employees at serious risk for a cause which is not your own. I am moved by this. Under any other circumstances I would have accepted, and I am extremely grateful for your offers. But if I leave the center of the struggle, I lose much of my moral momentum and I become someone fighting in exile. I am not, at this time willing to do that.
I have also received hundreds of offers of monetary help. A sample:
Submitted on 2012/11/30 at 5:01 pm
Hi John and Sam, have they frozen your bank accounts? Can we help get you money? Maybe a debit card? Sam, you are a perfect example of a woman standing by her man. You are such a Blessing to John and we are praying for you both. Must have been very scary when your dad was detained yesterday. That was something to watch play out. Amazing the denial by “law enforcement”. Stay strong and stay deep. As much as we want pictures, don’t let that man if yours do it. The Truth shall set you free. Let me know about a card or cash money. Lots willing to help. From one who has been on the run. Did it for 2 years. IT SUCKS!!
It was followed by:
Submitted on 2012/11/30 at 5:04 pm
Ps. The card would not be in your name. Can get you cash too.
I appreciate all of your offers. I am still self supporting however. For all of you who have offered: Email the Governemnt instead. And when we begin our program to lobby world governments to place Belice on their Travel Warning lists, do your best. Thank you again.
We have also received multiple offers of safe hiding places by total strangers – Belizeans here in Belize. You have all risked the most in your offers. You each know what would have happened to you had Samantha and I been discovered in your premises. You are a strong and brave group.
My most heartfelt thanks, however, go to the following:
Francois Garcia Founder of Urecommend Media
Brian Fitzgerrald – Director of Public Relations for the company
They never asked for a penny. They have donated thousands of hours of their employees’ time in designing and building this blog, creating the graphics, doing the maintenance and taking full charge of the public relations for my cause. Gentlemen: I am now, and will always be, grateful to you.
And last, but not least, is Chad. Interpid cartoonist with the most insightful eye into human nature that I have ever encountered. He has worked 18 hours a day, 7 days a week non-stop since this all began. My hat is off to you. I fervently hope I will be able some day to sit down and have that cup of coffee with you and discuss these events as an interesting past story. I love you my freind.
Of notable interest in all of this, is that the opposition party -the PUP, which up until 6 months ago was vocally saying exactly what I have been saying – has not reached out to me. I am not asking for them to reach out – I am not politically inclined to any party here – I’m only pointing out the degree of fear that strangles this country.
Postscrpt Edit: I nearly forgot the folks at “The John McAfee Story”. They began with huge skepticism and trashed me with verve and creative style. They are now one of our biggest supporters. Visit them at:
Three of my friends are still being held in prison on trumped up charges. They are:
They were charged and have been imprisoned because three legally licensed firearms were found in the incorrect rooms on my property (stretching the law to the extreme). I would ask you to please email the following and demand their release:
December 6, 2012 at 4:10 am
Funny, Congress just approved today a military budget with tens of billions of dollars more than the Pentagon asked for. Talk about corruption. Only ours is prettied up and proceduralized and treated as if it makes perfect patriotic sense.
December 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm
So happy you are safe. It’s nice to see you reading and replying – the initial coverage here (in the southern USA) really painted you in a bad light. I think many reasonable people are realizing that, as is often the case, the stories we are fed tend to follow a single narrative.
Best wishes to you and Sam – stay strong and one day soon you’ll be an inspiration to people facing corruption all over the world.
Peace, love and respect!
December 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm
I didn’t turn myself in to authorities in Guatemala. I just hired a lawyer to try to get all my stuff back that the police have stolen in Belize. His first play was to apply for political Asylum.
December 5, 2012 at 7:44 am
John, anyway wishing you a fair trial in Gautemala. Meanwhile waiting to hear about your Christmas plans! Have a nice Christmas anyway.
December 5, 2012 at 7:38 am
Kudos John, so finally you are out of the woods for the moment.
But did you consider other countries before turning into the authorities in Gautemala? or was it a Hobson’s choice? Did you weigh your legal options on choosing the best country to seek an asylum?
December 4, 2012 at 4:34 am
dude.. you’ve pissed off the illuminati.. so what do you have on them that is worth all this effort? speak the truth my friend. share with us what you have on them!
December 4, 2012 at 4:32 am
hey john.. what do you have on the elite/illuminati? why are they after you? speak the truth and it will set you free.. this whole incident is way to convenient!
December 4, 2012 at 4:31 am
John, what have you done to piss off the elites/illuminati? you have to speak the truth and reveal what it is exactly they are after from you. what do you have on them that is damaging?
December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Right, amusement park or school, which is better for the people. Expat looting or kids, what investment should the gov use for allocating land?
December 3, 2012 at 8:44 am
Wow John, crazy times! You were always up for an adventure. Just wanted to say hope you are safe and are able to get out of Belize soon.
My time spent years ago at your Colorado yoga ranch was possibly one of the most positive experiences in my life. You’re also probably one of the most interesting and the most generous beings I’ve known. I believe in your innocence.
Look forward to reconnecting with you again when this is all over.
Good luck my friend,
December 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Keep up the fight! The truth always comes to light!
December 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Consider heading out to the Mennonite areas of Belize if things get too hot. They are good people who help those in need. When things cool off, you can always easily depart by boat somewhere safer.
If at anytime donations are needed, I’m in and so are many others who are also rooting for you. Best of luck and peace be with you brother.
December 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm
John can never be safe again in Belize. Even if he is not found to be responsible for the murder. In fact, after embarrassing the GOB and Police (not hard to do), he’s in more danger. His only chance is to get to the US and argue his case from there. However, he’ll need to go by private plane or boat, he’s too well known to go by land.
December 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm
I got a house in VA that I can’t sell due to Obama’s military cuts and sagging economy and now I live in AK due to a military PCS. You can have that! 😉 Good luck!
December 2, 2012 at 1:51 am
I remember when we were on house arrest in Mexico on the border of Belize. I think it was because the Mexican goverment thought we sold our motorcycle to someone in Matzatlan. Turns out some fat Mexican politician is still riding around on our orange bike after we gave it up. Then there was the time I was in the Mexican jail for planted drugs by the federally. Of course it was also fun when we ran away from the police when we were caught selling opal rings made in Taxco with opals from Magdelana. Some things never change. I had a great time definitely the “golden times”..
December 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm
It’s strange to find out that a PR company is Involved into this. Keeney is the president of DPK PR firm and, obviously, acting in support to Faull’s family.. And why it’s the president himself taking care of this? Maybe Mr. Keeney would be kind enough to tell us what’s the link between him and Greg Faull……
December 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm
I’m wondering why a PR company is involved in this and, obviously, linked to Greg Faul’s family. Maybe Mr. Keeney, the president, would explain us the link between him and Faul’s family and why it’s him, the president taking charge of this instead of one of its employees.
December 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm
it was disappointing to see how they tried to edit your interview and use your quotes out of context to make you sound crazy…..but we all expected that…..they nvr bring up how youve been raided again and again……cnbc was alot more fair than those bastards at cnn…..
December 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm
mwahahah just saw u on cnn….this just gets better and better…..pm barrow is prolly shitting his pants. His son is the gangster rapper shyne “po” barrow…..he was involved in that whole j.lo/p.diddy nightclub shooting….he went to jail for it and got deported…..corruption must run in the family. i think its safe to say you just took things to another level. well played sir. (tips my hat)
December 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm
If the GOB would publish a list of questions they would like you to answer in a newspaper article or other recognized media, McAfee could answer those questions publicly. There would be no need to “take him in for questioning”.
At some point the GOB could spokesperson could say, “We are satisfied with the answers to our questions regarding all matters in connection with the Faull case and items found on the McAfee property. No charges will be filed.”
December 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm
Would neutral ground also include either the British or American embassy? I would hope they would not torture or kill you with a Marine and/or diplomat looking on …
I have been reading your blog since it started. I hope it all ends well for you and Samantha.
December 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm
So back to the story John..
I hope are both well and still safe..
interested to hear more of your story and the event that have led to this “situation”.
December 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Your wife’s very smart. and right in her thoughts.
December 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm
On that note, I take it back. Ill be more than happy and willing to come out there and take Johns place 🙂
The wife will have to come with though.
My wife wouldn’t let me step foot in Asia, I like the women too much.
December 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm
I’d be happy to.
December 1, 2012 at 11:38 am
Corruption breeds poverty….poverty breeds to crime
December 1, 2012 at 11:32 am
BOYCOTT BELIZE… from tweeter :
December 1, 2012 at 11:25 am
John, why not meet with authorities on neutral ground, e.g. switzerland, argentina, etc. and resolve this issue. It would benefit all participants if this case could be resolved soon.
December 1, 2012 at 6:42 am
Hey John, just saw you on CNN … this is just over the top. I salute you sir … stay safe my friend, wish I could see Barrow squirming 🙂
December 1, 2012 at 5:01 am
John, I’ve been following your story since I heard about it last week. I’ve read your blog, the Wired articles, Josh’s e-book, johnmcafeestory.com, and numerous articles. I’ve listened to the Wired recordings, the CNBC interviews, and Joe Rogan’s podcast. I’ve also watched various news clips, your long interview after the GSU raid in April, and am checking out the Alex Jones interview as I write. I’m glad your story is getting out, but I hope CNN does a better job with their coverage if you are in fact going to speak with them. Each interview seems to leave out some of the important details. I know on television there’s no possible way to cover everything due to time restraints. But on podcasts such as Joe Rogan’s show, I feel that he could have done much more homework prior to the interview, had you on for much longer, and had more specific questions prepared to ask which would have added to your credibility. A lot of people fail to understand where you’re coming from or see what you’ve been through and the mention of drugs and hiding immediately bring about suspicion. It’s a complex story that to fully be understood, must cover a number of years, both before and during your time in Belize. I have to admit I was skeptical at first about the drugs, considering the Bluelight posts which I read, but believed your innocence otherwise. I believe that the police and government officials are corrupt and have targeted you as a result of many other reasons, and ultimately to scare you into submission and putting them on your payroll. I now believe most of your explanations on the drug allegations, though it seems to many of us that there is still something left that you may not be telling us. If that’s true, then I’m sure you have your reasons. It seems to me that you have had nothing but good intentions there in Belize and at worst, have ruffled some feathers and kept some less than kosher company, both of which I’m guilty myself. I wish you the best of luck in getting your story out and finding a way out of this alive and well.
December 1, 2012 at 4:43 am
@ Eugene, Not really sure what your deal is exactly. At one point you insinuated that I had a thing for John? Now are implying that I’m making up a business meeting? You are a crazy freaky man… Do you really think I was serious when I made a comment about kidnapping John? Not sure why you have made sarcastic comments with each of my post’s, but it is becoming pathetic
December 1, 2012 at 3:15 am
John, you have fostered the corruption you are running from by providing the “donations”. Is it really the corruption you are hiding from?
I trust you are holed up in the safety and beauty of the spectacular sthrn distrcts. Keep it on the island, where blame is due.
December 1, 2012 at 2:37 am
Stay safe John, and good luck!!
December 1, 2012 at 1:04 am
Yes, I would stand up to anyone that threatened to kill me, or a spouse or a extended family. That’s exactly why I have guns. If I die in the process, so be it. What’s the big deal? Fear got you by the balls?
The situation that John is in is no different than what the locals are in. From everything I’ve read, he IS a local.
As I see it, what this is about is standing up to tyranny. Which is exactly why I have guns. Now if the people of Belize prefer tyranny, then that’s a reflection of their “collective” and totally their business and if John chooses to stay in a collective that functions primarily out of Fear, then his life, as he and we know of it, is probably going to come to a tragic end. That seems to be the way it works in countries where people have given in to those who live to control them.
The solution is, whether it’s comfortable or not, cut the head of the beast off. Of course, the Queen Bitch is really the head that must fall, and hers will someday lay in a pool of blood but this case isn’t going to bring about her downfall. So, until that day comes, the people of Belize are going to have to decide what they want. Live in fear or live in freedom. It’s that simple.
Maybe John’s destiny is to lead the next revolution there. I mean, he doesn’t plan on leaving, so what else is he going to do if he can’t prove his innocence?
I don’t know. Maybe standing up and fighting for freedom is in my blood and maybe it’s not in yours. There’s a reason that one of America’s forefathers said “Give me liberty or give me death”! He just got tired of being controlled by others. Sometimes that just happens with people. And sometimes they get the freedom they wish for and sometimes they die in the process.
Got a better solution? I’m all ears.
As I see it, there are two tightly, interwoven events that have taken place. One, someone was murdered. Two, someone wants John dead. John is obviously connected to the second event and possibly, by certain questionable implications, tied to the first. If John wants to “live” in Belize, he has to expose whom ever is framing him for the act (if indeed he is being framed). The likelihood of an insider, someone who killed the man down the beach, being exposed because of a “reward”, set up by John, seems like a long shot. Now, if enough “locals” decide “enough is enough” and rally around John’s situation, maybe if enough stories are shared, enough names are brought to the surface, as the dots are connected, a picture starts to form that brings to light “motives” and “people” with motives. However, if the local powers that be are just too powerful, then why live there? People are free to leave. America even gives benefits to illegals. So come on up. Don’t need a passport. Now that’s another story for another time.
December 1, 2012 at 12:11 am
Would YOU stand up if they threatened to kill your spouse and children, your extended family? What if you were making 10.00 US a day and could not leave your job and flee with your family. The situation John is in is very different than most of the locals. Many do not have birth certificates let alone a passport that would be necessary to escape to another country as a refugee. Have you been to Belize?
December 1, 2012 at 12:10 am
I sold my home in Arizona in 2003 and moved to Ambergris Caye. From the moment I arrived and started my business there was nothing but corruption and danger. This was the worse 3 years of my famlies life. My kids were always in fear. They police raided our business and tryed there typical bully ways with us. I know of the people that John are having problems and thank God they never went this far with us. I feel if we stayed there would have been many problems. I warn all Americans to never think of retiring to this Very Dangerous Island. I do believe the politicans would resort to anything if you do not pay or comply with there ways. I lived in Ambergris Caye from 2003 to 2006.
December 1, 2012 at 12:04 am
yeah Josh, you don’t hit the hit counter because it’s a templated WP site and probably has a plugin, in which case the home page source code will not show the .gs code or clicky code or any click code for that matter
November 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm
The feeling is mutual my friend. Take care.
November 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm
AmbergrisToday.com is currently showing some fairness in posting comments. Since they are a commercial enterprise, there is some downside to fair reporting. An example is the comment they posted from:
ready2retire. • 3 hours ago
Finally words of wisdom from someone other than John. Since this story broke, I have spent too many hours scouring the internet and learning about Belize. I can assure you that what I’ve found is not pretty, and I’m not alone in my thoughts. You’re fears are probably warranted, and Expats must stand up and help stop this horrible cycle of corruption. For the most part it is locals who are posting videos and being most vocal about the corruption. Many expats have written comments that show they have their heads in the sand about the whole situation, or just don’t want to get involved. Very very silly.
I don’t live there, don’t know John McAfee, and now, absolutely won’t retire there. Everything in my sane mind tells me he (JM) is innocent of any involvement in Greg Faull’s murder, and has every reason to be avoiding the police. I don’t understand why he would still be there ~ if he really is ~ knowing the possible outcome of being found. He keeps saying it is home, but at this point, what kind of life is he going to have there? It would take a complete overhaul of the system and the governing body before he could live peacefully in Belize again. That is where you, and others like you come in. It’s going to be a long fight, and you will have to stick together AND convince locals to join you. Decades maybe? It’s not going to be easy; money and power can have a really tight grip on most people, so they won’t want to just roll over.
Thanks for having the guts to speak up in favor of change, I was beginning to think that all the gringos down there were very selfish. They’re NOT! May I suggest you re-post your comment on the Ambergris Caye blog?
Good Luck 🙂
November 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm
Hi Gina, I suggest you research the word “irony” – or better still post your example of supposed “irony” at http://www.isitironic.com
and see if you get over 50% of people voting it as ironic. I would suggest sycophantic story-telling or, at best, coincidence. Not irony.
But if you do come to Belize you’d be all the nearer to “kidnap John and whisk him away with you” as per one of your earlier posts.
November 30, 2012 at 11:53 pm
My father traveled the Caribbean for thirty years and the only place he ever got mugged was in Belize City. Crackheads and gangsters take over after dark there and in the day it isn’t much better. I lived in Belize for over a decade and going into Belize City for something was considered a torture. You actually have to pay a crackhead to “watch” your vehicle for you if you are by yourself and you have to park in certain areas of the city.
With the rest of Belize experiencing a serious crime wave right now, I can only imagine how bad Belize City must be these days. I visited Trinidad recently and I laughed when people told me how bad things were there. After being there for over a week and walking everywhere in Port of Spain, I can only say that Belize City is literally ten times worse and ten times more dangerous.
November 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Incredibly Ironic Indeed, Gina!
November 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm
I believe a murder victim’s character is extremely important in an investigation as it relates to motive.
November 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm
We both thank you.
November 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm
You do rock dude!
November 30, 2012 at 11:33 pm
Hello again John, i am often thinking about your friends being held by the police. Do you have any sources, lawyers, etc. that can give you a status on their situation? How are they holding up? what is the status of the charges? Can you give us an update with whatever info you have? Still writing, even to hotels and tourist agencies.
November 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm
With today’s technology a video conference is warranted under these extraordinary circumstances. What is your manager thinking?
Will your company provide security due to the tension if you feel you need it?
November 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm
“Fear prevents this noble idea from working.”
Tell that to John McAfee.
If John is Innocent and people want to help prove his innocence, then, the tradition of fear based behavior must be dealt with, directly. John is but one, and look at the support he’s got already. It will take courageous individuals (locals and expats) stepping forward (first name, followed by their story, on a blog designed to expose the corrupt). Individuals tired of living in FEAR, willing to follow the footsteps that John has been fearlessly laying down for them, to turn the antiquated, fear based tradition of chronic hiding from bullies, to stop the corruption, once and for all. Why do you think John is staying? Does he know something you don’t, or does he realize there comes a time in a persons life where they have to make a stand rather than cowering and running somewhere (to another country) to hide. Come on folks. This bull shit excuse of being the victim is bull shit.
If people really want to help John, help him expose the corrupt individual(s) who are framing him. How else is he going to live safely in Belize? He’s either going to remain in hiding indefinitely and this blog will become the longest running blog in the history of the internet OR he’ll get knocked off, along with his girlfriend, OR those who set him up will get exposed, caught OR he’ll hightail it to another country and eventually get detained and die in guantanamo.
So, let’s not hear anymore “Be Safe, John”. Or “Where do yo want me to send money, John?”
Start with a story or some evidence or any information that can shed light on the corruption that’s going rampant in Belize, specifically in John’s neighborhood, then out from there. Somebody get a blog set up at John’s site to collect the data.
Am I wrong, John?
November 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm
I was just advised that I will be sent to Belize City, to represent the bank in which I am a district manager/President. Apparently there is a possible future business venture. I was on a conference call with my direct manager, when I told him why, he just got very quiet. Not sure if he thinks I’m a nut, but I am not going there with a week notice knowing that I will not feel safe. I received an email shortly after the phone meeting, emphasizing that I am the most capable individual with our organization and that my safety would not be an issue.. I have until Monday at 8:00 AM to make my decision. Sucks to be me today, and how ironic to be told that I will be traveling to Belize just after spending the past two weeks watching this corruption unfold… Still paying for you and your friends John!
November 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Dawn is the one who needs professional help!!!
November 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Not offended or dissed my friend, was just clarifying myself. Sometimes in hard times a bit of clarity helps a lot. At least, that’s been my experience. If you get tired of fighting at least now you know there are a few people out here willing to help in a very real way.
November 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm
I have experience with other countries and the ills of an infected system. Get out, move liquidity out it you can, and then re-evaluate. The people hunting you are unregulated and fueled by hierarchical revenge and possibly monetary yield.
November 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm
Dear John McAfee, I only know of you and lovely Samantha from following your blog since the beginning. Reading the earlier post today about yesterday’s raid was quite frightening for me. Funny, I am checking on you every morning to be sure you two have made it through another night! And seeing the photo here with the “thank you ” note my first thought was maybe you were saying “good-bye”…Not. One of the things I noticed early on was your polite manners throughout this ordeal. Maybe this is a huge part of your charisma? Just when I thought it was good looks, wealth…dang Sam!
November 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm
At a hotel I know about in southern Belize, the owners were two expat guys who were friendly with the opposition to those currently in power. They were paying a certain amount in hotel taxes every year and suddenly the new government gets in and sends a tax inspector to tell them that they must now pay four times what they were paying because their reservations were done on a server up in the states and not in Belize (in other words, they couldn’t see it). When they refused, government agents were sent with guns to collect all their records and any other data that might implicate them in a conspiracy to defraud the government. They found nothing but stuck to the idea that the hotel would have to pay four times the taxes, even without any evidence being presented or found. The owners told me that they just crumbled and paid. There is no due process and no justice system in Belize for most people. The government intimidates you and tells you what you must do and how much you must pay. You either give in or your business gets closed down and you get arrested.
November 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm
wow Joshua, you rock!!
November 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Thanks for the acknowledgement John … I know I have not written everything positive about your story … I am letting people form their own opinion, however I personally state my belief in your 100% innocence. You may have made some decisions that you would likely change looking back (bluelight) … however that is life and we move forward. My research has proven you are a good person that has gotten himself in deep with a level of corruption that tops the scale. I had never heard of Dean Barrow until I started writing about you and I am concerned that he is going to be as hard as Saddam to bring to justice. I have reached out to Chad also incase he needs some help if things turn worse (god forbid).
Please John, you and Sam stay safe.
November 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm
We’d like to make you a mobile app that works with your wordpress blog. Each time you have an update it will send an instant notification to everyone who has the app.
Also, I looked at the source code for your blog and there is no hit counter. You should be counting hits to be able to show the media the huge interest in your story. My guess is you are getting over 100K unique readers per week, likely more. But there is no way to verify that without adding Google Analytics or another hit counter.
My staff are wordpress experts and can update your blog with Google Analytics hit tracking to give you a deep dive on volume, location, etc. For example, knowing how much American traffic versus how much Belizian police readers you have would be valuable info.
I’m not making any judgements on what has happened with your case. But I do know that the authorities in Belize are running this like an organized crime syndicate instead of a legitimate government. It sounds like something out of East Berlin, Syria or communist Russia…not a place I’d take my family for vacation.
I’d like to put my firm at your service.
President and CEO, Agile Poet
November 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm
I am a recently retired Chemistry PhD college instructor. After this story hit but before this blog was started. out of curiosity I went to the Bluelight site and reviewed a bunch of the Stuffmonger posts. I have never made drugs so I have no direct experience with these particular reactions but my background knowledge of chemistry led me to believe that the Stuffmonger posts on Bluelight were a hoax and thus the “tan” material as described therein likely did not exist. I understand that to some, the fact that he was posting on that site with seeming expertise, is evidence that he was making and then presumably by implication, using drugs. I don’t know about any of that, but would just like to say that in my opinion, yes indeed as Mr McAfee has claimed, the Stuffmonger posts on Bluelight appear to be an elaborate prank and thus do not support the idea that the poster is displaying any actual real experience or knowledge about MDPV synthesis. If it would be helpful I would be willing to travel to Belize or wherever to testify to that effect, and on my own nickel.
November 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm
That is a great theory but:
How many Americans who have been the victims of injustice are willing to name the cop or swat team member who threatened them? People fear being a target of revenge or reprisal. In Belize reprisal can mean being murdered. More than one person in Belize has told me that theft and home invasions are often not reported because the thief would come back and kill you.
My father exposed a police chief and a judge for taking bribes, ripping up traffic tickets, and tipping off drug dealers in advance of drug stings. Eventually the cop was fired and the judge committed suicide rather than facing the music. In the meantime every time my father backed out of the driveway he was stopped and his vehicle was searched. Happily they did not plant anything on him. He was one of the most moral men I have ever known. This did not happen in south central LA or Chicago or Belize City. This happend in a small rural town of less than 3000 people in Canada. Fear prevents this noble idea from working.
November 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm
Hi John , Listened to your Tapes on ‘ WIRED ‘ whats happening to you Is called ‘ Gas Lighting and Gangstalking ‘ Your a Targted Individual. I have dealt with this s tuff for 12 years so really Just anyone who Has dealt with Police, Fed, Court corruption including Military and Gangs and drug Cartels Knows what this is about . I Had 15 Guys come up Behind Me at 5 am where My bedroom was and say ” Were going to Break Your Bitches ass and dont you call the Police or we will kill you . ” At which Point since I Knew they had audio and cameras in My Apartment I waited till 11 am and called ” The FBI and Homeland Security . ” They didnt Like that . In the end I walked out of there after a week Of staying Inside , going to the Police and Having a escort Bring Me back and Picking up a few Items. This was Charleston SC . But I have dealt with this corruption since 2000 . I Think your a typical case except your Not in a american Ghettoe . Get Help , Get Out. These characters are Not Playing anymore . Regain Your sanity .
November 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm
Locals who want to stay in Belize would not contribute anything much. They are afraid of the retributions. Things happen all the time just because a person supports the opposition party, let alone what might happen to someone who points fingers directly at high level police officers or government officials.
Look at Sam Bruce. He was an old expat who had been more supportive of the opposition party, and he started to build an amusement park for kids on his land that he has owned for 20 years. Next thing you know, the current government is trying to forcibly take his land from him and give it to a private church school that has better connections.He found out about it when the surveyors showed up and were surveying his land to take it over. The guy had to fight the government to the Supreme Court of Belize TWICE just to keep his own land.
If you were an expat like him, would you speak out against the government and its corruption? Their modus operandi is to stifle all opposition and make you pay for dissent.
November 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm
I know Deb , a true gentleman!
November 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm
I am thankful for your efforts because I know how corrupt govt agencies can be and i really appreciate the bravery you all are displaying by not leaving and working to clear your name. Stay strong… Leisa
November 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm
November 30, 2012 at 9:59 pm
I updated my “Thank you” post to include your efforts.
November 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm
It’s conjecture on my part but wouldn’t the listing of names of all of those who belong to the agencies and organizations that have been harassing you and your ‘family’ all these many months, starting with the chief of police and his superiors and anyone else that might be involved in the corruption, could possibly begin the process of exposing blatant holes in “Their” story.
I would think then, other “locals” might begin to share on this blog insights, experiences (either directly or indirectly) they may have had or are having with corrupt individuals or groups or agencies within the “mafia” government there. A place to start. A “crimes against the people of Belize” blog where actual NAMES and STORIES of the Government Criminals are brought to light. It could snowball by connecting the dots. Eventually leading to the exposing of the individual(s) who framed you and who killed the fellow down the beach.
November 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm
Dawn have you had psychiatric help? You are diagnosing someone you have never met based on what you have read on-line and giving them advice. I for one am not a “yes person” thank you very much. I do not lnow what Mr mcafee has or has not done. What I do know is that I have witnessed corruption in Belize first hand and it is “real”. I have been reading newspapers from Ambergrise and the rest of Belize for years. I have no stake in whether Mcafee committed any crimes nor what becomes of him but I do know that human rights and civil rights are being violated in Belize and it needs to stop. This is bigger than John Mcafee. I have several friends who are considering buying property in Belize and retiring there. It simply is not safe.
November 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm
Sorry for leaving you out of my “Thanks”. I will do so now.
November 30, 2012 at 9:43 pm
I think the only yes friend John is listening to is Sam … the rest of the supporters are not yes friends … they are people with common sense that have respect for the innocent until proven guilty theory.
November 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm
John, I thought the CNBC interview went very well indeed. liked the reporting style of Robert and Brian, it lent alot of credibility to your story. I had not considered, until I heard that interview, that you would not be able to access your bank account, Many people here, thinking you are a millionaire, probably hadn’t considered it either. You state that you do not want any financial or other help from any of us, as it could possibly put us in harm’s way. You have to know that most of us would provide money, or whatever we could to help you, myself included. Nobody ever thought of a millionaire needing money. I won’t even ask how they can legally freeze your account, the hows and whys of what they do are almost pointless. They just do it. Is there somebody you trust that money could be sent to? Most of us are not millionaires, but a few hundred here, a few hundred there would help cover expenses. It would be a way for many of us to join in your endeavor to get the story told, and maybe force improvements there. Just something to think about. I am looking forward to the CNN interview. Stay well, stay safe, and hello to Sam.
November 30, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Dear Dawn, stop shouting, as we say to anyone who writes in all CAPS! If you have something to say,please use your shift key. Thank you.
November 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm
whatever dawn… have you even read anything about this situation or do you skim the posts and come off as some self righteous mouthpiece?? yes yes you do
November 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm
I will stop. My apologies.
November 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm
I am not saying it is offensive, John. I am saying that the constant characterization of Greg as a heavy drinker over and over is hurtful. Greg was a lot of things. He was a successful entrepreneur, a loving father, a champion deep sea fisherman. It hurts his grieving mom to hear you characterize him in unflattering ways and we’re respectfully asking that you please stop doing it. I appreciate your willingness to take this simple request from the family of Greg Faull, the victim of a violent crime, into consideration as you continue your media blitz.
November 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm
John, I hope you are well and remember that everyone has opinions and often they arent in line with ours. You are brave and wild and I believe in your innocence and your best intentions. Leisa D
November 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Dear Mr. McAfee, My name is Leisa and I live in Northern Michigan. I have been reading about this intrigue since the beginning and everyday I pray that you are okay. I do believe you are innocent and truly hope this is settled down soon. Take care , Leisa
November 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm
I have said nothing, at any time, unflattering to Mr. Faul. If drinking alcohol is an unflattering description, then 99% of the world would have been offended.
November 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm
I did not mean to dis you. Almost everyone would expect re-imbursement. I was only pointing out the extreme interest that people have taken to this blog. Forgive me if I offended you. Even if I paid you, you would still have been putting yourself at great risk – an admirable and honorable offer.
November 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm
I don’t think John expects any freebies. He has said several times that he expects people to always work for their own interests and he knows nothing is really free in life. If he did not pay someone in cash, he would have to do it some other way. The Karmic balance of life catches up with everyone eventually. John knows that and he just felt gratified that many would help him for free but he also knew that he would owe them one.
November 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm
John hasn’t said much of anything about Faull other than that he hardly knew him. Other posters have pointed out that the guy had a rap sheet for domestic violence and disorderly conduct but nobody is trying to say that he deserved to die. From what I can see, John is doing more than any other human being to help solve the case by offering the reward. What have you been doing better than that?
November 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm
John, Sorry to have been one of the three, but when I offered to come get you out of there, all I meant was that after it was all over I hoped you would be OK to pay back the cost of the flights and whatever other stuff I would have to do to get you out (details best left unspecified). I am not rich and I have a small daughter too, I didn’t mean to imply I wanted payment for it, just that once free and clear my costs are paid back. I guess it was kind of a dumb move on my part, but this was right at the beginning and I don’t know you at all. It’s clear now it was a superfluous thing for me to point out, so my apologies. And if you do change your mind at some point, the offer remains open, not just for you, but for Sam as well.
I really want you to get out of this alive man. I really hope there is more we, either as a collective or some of us as individuals, can do at some point besides send e-mails.
Keep at it Sir. I salute your spirit.
November 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm
Ha, 5 kids in Singapore w/ a girlfriend…. I’d rather be on the run in Belize, that’s a fact.
November 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm
This is from the Ambergris forum about the cops on Caye Caulker. One of them just forced a man to undergo a search of his 9 month old baby in its stroller and the discussion went on about the corruption and what is considered normal for cops there. Strange attitudes but when corruption is so prevalent, it gets taken for granted—————-
There are good people on the force and they do not pay them a living wage. Many have families in other places to support. The living conditions in the barracks are dreadful. Sometimes the Gov does not send their paychecks until weeks late.
What would you do if your kid has no schoolbooks or shoes and you saw a guy walk by you knew was holding?Spend all day booking him for possession so he could be released in the city? Or accept a twenty and your kid has shoes so he can go back to school?
The cop doesn’t have to be genuinely corrupt to make those kind of choices.
It gets easier to do after the first time. When you walk by the regular crowd of dope dealers by the flea market do you ever wonder how they can be so invisible to the entire police force?
Ask them. I have.
Pretending like this isn’t the real world for these guys leaves a fellow with no
understanding of what’s going on at the station.
How do I know this?directly out of the mouths of both honest and dishonest cops and the people who pay them.
This has caused many of the local families to regard all cops as crooked. This blanket condemnation leaves good cops with less incentive to do their jobs.
Our recent sergeant Wade was a good cop. Many on his force were neither crooked nor actively working. They were just hanging around. He was promoted out of Caye Caulker. Were were lucky to have him for a while.
November 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Expats ignore the issue at your own peril. Take notice of this comment by an ambergristoday reader:
Belizean to the Bone • 22 minutes ago
Obviously that man has his agents who are watching everything, reporting, blogging, and making a fool of the police. Then again you hear that the “Police is investigating the matter” like all other cases. Do they? You tell me if you think they move a finger to investigate. They could care less. But the truth is that McAfee is no longer in Ambergris Caye. Who cares. Town Council should start fixing the documents to sell property and invest it in the town. Don’t let Central Gov. take it because they spoiled and corrupted that man. As for the fear that the Expats will rush out in fear if there is a collapse of real estate…that would be just fine. Too many of them are here only hustling.
November 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm
John: Can we ask you to please stop characterizing the victim of a murder in unflattering terms? Greg Faull has a grieving family who is hurt every time they hear you criticize the sole victim in this case. Regardless of whether you were involved or not, it is unfortunate you continue to use your bully pulpit to assassinate the character of the innocent victim of murder.
November 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm
Sorry, “invaluable friend”. I am an Amerian living in France and with the mix of the two languages, I can’t even speak my own any longer.
I know how tough people here are on typos and grammatical mistakes. I say, get over it and move on. Just because someone makes an error does not mean they are ignorant or uneducated, just fast fingered and too fast to “submit.”
November 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm
I am glad your blog is back up. Sorry for your troubles. You have a great man and unvaluable friend in Chad. Congrats.
Just heard your interview on CNBC. Great job. They even wished you luck and a safe return. You are making progress John, keep it up. Courage.
November 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm
Holy shit! Chad’s hours are ridiculous! Props to that dude.
November 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm
great interview, you mentioned another on cnn, do you have a time?
November 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm
We need all the help we can get. My email address is [email protected]
November 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm
cnbc doing a story on john in the next segment 1345 est
November 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm
If you ever want some help with reputation management – getting this domain to the top of the search results for queries related to your name – let me know, I’d be happy to help.
November 30, 2012 at 6:38 pm
We thank you too John for sharing your story with us!
Did you regain control of your email?
If you have a new one can you send it to me so I can keep you up to date on the cease and desist of Ambergris Daily. They have 8 days left and they haven’t taken anything down yet.
Good Luck John!
November 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm
Grab what you can and leave.
I have followed you blog from a distance and its clear to me , Sam, her dad and you need to clear out.
Come to Hong Kong, we are 7, 5 kids and my girlfriend. Not much room but we could make do.
Good luck what ever may come.
Highrise, in Singapore and full of magaritas. Hic 🙂
November 30, 2012 at 6:27 pm
John hi I’m just wondering what will make you not be on the run anymore? You want an apology from Barrow that I know but what would help to end this all?