John McAfee was suspected of killing his neighbor, Gregory Faull, after he was found dead in his vacation house as Faull previously complained about McAfee's dogs and McAfee claimed that he had poisoned them before their death. The tech millionaire escaped as soon as he was regarded as a person of interest in the crime. However, the case is still unsolved and John was never officially charged with the murder of his neighbor.
After watching Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee on Netflix, you're probably as confused as we are right now. The 90-minute movie, which premiered on the streaming platform on Wednesday, August 24th, depicts the life of John McAfee as he escaped Belize after learning that his neighbor, Gregory Faull aka Greg, had been killed.
He recruited a video team to capture him on the run through Belize and Guatemala at this time. Through archival material and fresh interviews, the documentary provides insight into the life of the runaway tech pioneer.
The Netflix show showcases a lot of John's doings his entire life, especially his rough days which started in 2012. However, many of the viewers are confused about one question. Did McAfee really kill his neighbor, Greg? Well, let's find it out.
John McAfee Was Suspected of Killing His Neighbor, Gregory Faull, but Was Never Officially Charged: How Did Faull Die?
John McAfee's neighbor, Gregory Faull, was a former Navy officer who also ran a construction company and owned a restaurant. Faull had a reasonably full life as a father, son, and brother. However, he was killed in 2012 at his vacation property in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize.
Faull reportedly complained about McAfee's dogs and McAfee claimed that he had poisoned them before passing away. In keeping with the results of Faull's official autopsy, which was performed on November 13, his exact cause of death was brain damage due to injuries acquired from a gunshot wound to the head.
Officials disregarded the idea that Gregory's murder was the result of a robbery because there were no indications of a forced entrance. They contacted the IT millionaire for questioning after learning about McAfee and Faull's ongoing dispute, but he was unable to be located.
Soon after, John McAfee was identified as a person of interest in the crime, and he later escaped. According to McAfee, he left Belize because he thought he would be killed or subjected to torture for being a suspect in the case of his neighbor's death.
McAfee was sentenced to pay $25 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, but he was never criminally prosecuted in the nation for anything related to Faull's passing. McAfee had consistently argued that the real murder was unrelated to him. Faull's family, however, claimed that McAfee had hired a local to kill Faull and sued him for wrongful death in the United States.
A judge ordered John McAfee to pay the Faull estate more than $25 million, including $20 million in damages, $5 million for mental pain, and $8,400 for burial expenses, but McAfee disobeyed. However, he claimed that he was unable to pay the demanded amount because he had no assets or money to his name. He explained,
I was never charged with murder by Belizean authorities or any other authority. It was a suit based entirely on media reporting.
Prior to his death in June 2021, McAfee was due to be extradited to the US to face tax evasion charges after being detained in 2020 on grounds of neglecting to file tax returns for a period of four years.
According to reports, John McAfee killed himself in a Spanish prison in Barcelona. El Mundo, a Spanish daily, reports that jail staff personnel attempted to revive McAfee but were unable. Hours after Spain's National Court authorized his extradition to the US, reports of McAfee's death surfaced. McAfee's neighbor's death case remains officially unsolved.