This photo taken November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC shows a Facebook page belonging to John McAfee. McAfee, founder of the eponymous anti-virus company, is on the run for killing another US citizen in a resort town, Belizean police said Monday. (Photo credit KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
John McAfee, the software creator identified as a "person of interest" in a shooting death in Belize, said from hiding that he does not intend to turn himself in to police, describing the Central American country as a "pirate haven" governed by brutality and fear.
McAfee made his comments in emails to the Associated Press and Wired magazine.
Police have said that McAfee, 67, is not a suspect in the killing of 52-year-old American expat Gregory Faull, but urged him to turn himself in for questioning.
Faull, a Florida builder, was found in a pool of blood early Sunday at his home on the island of Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize.
"Suspect or no, I believe the government wants me out of the way. Too many people have died in custody in this country so I Intend to do nothing that puts me in their custody," said the message from an email account that McAfee identified as his during a conversation with an AP journalist in May.
Jeff Wise, writing for Gizmodo, reported on Monday that McAfee and Faull had been "at odds for some time."
"Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor's office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited 'roguish behavior,' " Gizmodo reported. "Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs."
Police who came to the Faull's home said a computer and phone were missing, but that there was no sign of forced entry.
They also searched McAfee's house next door, but said there was no one there.
McAfee, however, told Wired's Joshua Davis that he was in fact hiding in the sand under a cardboard box at the time because he feared for his life.
In his email, he also told Wired -- in what Davis described as "semi-hourly updates -- that he had modified his appearance in a "radical fashion," claiming to have dyed his hair, eyebrows, beard and mustache jet black.
"I'll probably look like a murderer, unfortunately," he told Davis.
In one email to the magazine, McAfee included an essay about Belize, the former British Honduras, which he called a "pirate haven" that is "run more or less along the lines established centuries ago by the likes of Captain Morgan, Blackbeard and Captain Barrow."
"Brutality creates respect; Fear is the means of governance; Extortion is the method of collecting what is due," McAfee wrote. "It's a system that functions more or less smoothly if you play by the rules."
McAfee has had a checkered relationship with police since he arrived in Belize three years ago after selling his software company.
Last April, Belize police raided his home looking for drugs and guns. McAfee said officers found guns, which he said were legal, and he was released without charges after being detained for a few hours.
Yet, just last Thursday McAfee appeared at a public ceremony with the mayor of San Pedro and police officials where he donated equipment - including Tasers, handcuffs, and batons - to the San Pedro Police Department.