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McAfee founder John McAfee comes across as a gun-toting lunatic in new book

Published Nov 16th, 2012 6:45PM EST

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Many of us were somewhat shocked when we heard that McAfee, Inc. founder John McAfee was wanted on murder charges in Belize. But according to a new ebook called John McAfee’s Last Stand written by Wired’s Joshua Davis, we shouldn’t have been surprised one bit. Davis, who travelled to Belize to write his book on McAfee six months ago, found that the security software guru had apparently become a gun-toting paranoid who said strange things about misunderstanding reality. In an excerpt posted on Wired, Davis describes how McAfee convincingly pretended to play Russian Roulette in front of him while he frantically tried to convince McAfee to holster his gun.

When Davis figured out that McAfee hadn’t actually loaded the gun with a bullet — that is, after he’d pulled the trigger with the weapon to his head more than six times — McAfee told him that he “missed something” and that he was “operating on an assumption about reality that is wrong.” McAfee said that a similar misreading of reality was happening with the government of Belize and its allegations that he was “assembling a private army and entering the drug trade.” Needless to say, Davis’ book looks to be a real pageturner and promises “a harrowing tale of ambition, paranoia, sex, and madness.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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