Software tycoon John McAfee may have looked like he wasn’t playing with a full deck during his time on the run, but he claims that he was strategically ‘playing the crazy card.’
McAfee – who made millions from the anti-virus software firm that bears his name – also said that he abandoned his fortune during a hasty escape from Belize last month following the murder of neighbor Gregory Faull.
Following his return to the U.S. yesterday, McAfee said that his bizarre ‘heart attack’ scare on his first night of detention in Guatemala, which saw him whisked to a hospital with dozens of reporters and photographers in tow last week, was nothing but an act.
Speaking to ABC News after landing in Miami, McAfee said admitted that he had ‘played the crazy card,’ and added: ‘It was a deception but who did it hurt? I look pretty healthy, don’t I?’
He told the network of his relief when told he wasn’t going to be detained by American authorities.
‘I was met by a dozen or maybe fewer officers. I said, “Am I arrested?” They said, “No, sir, I am here to help you.” That felt the best of all.’
But while seemingly free to roam South Beach, the man who was once worth $100million now says that he has nothing left.
But McAfee’s did not appear to be in total arrears as he flashed a stack of $5 bills, telling ABC: ‘My friend dropped off some cash.’
He criticized the Belizian authorities for failing to catch him, and thanked reporters for their ‘role’ in securing his escape.
‘Everyone was looking for me, and they did not catch me,’ he told ABC. ‘I escaped, was captured and they tried to send me back. Now I’m sitting in Miami. There had to be some ineptness.
‘What’s a better story, millionaire mad man on the run. [The media] saved my ass. Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching.’
When McAfee’s plane landed at Miami International Airport last night, he was without a travel companion – his 20-year-old girlfriend Samantha Vanegas, who he left in Guatemala.
After landing, McAfee, 67, was escorted from the plane by airport security officers, and he quickly checked into a hotel in the exclusive South Beach area.
‘Some people felt uncomfortable that he was on our flight. … We all knew the story,’ said Maria Claridge, 36, a South Florida photographer who was on the Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s flight to Miami.
Source: The Daily Mail