Silicon Valley software guru-turned-fugitive John McAfee may have left Miami for England, where he was born.
McAfee, 67, who has acknowledged lying to the media and frequently playing hoaxes for kicks, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper that he wants to start his life over in England with his Belizean girlfriends, Sam Vanegas, 20 and a 17 year old that The Sun identified as Amy Emshwiller.
On his blog, www.whoismcafee.com, McAfee posted a cryptic Christmas Eve message on Monday in which he wrote, “I am safe now, in the country in which I grew up, went to school, got married and had children. It is a country of laws and due process.”
McAfee has dual citizenship with the United States and England. He founded the anti-piracy software company that bears his name in Santa Clara.
He ended up in Belize, where police identified him as a “person of interest” in the death of his neighbor, Gregory Viant Faull, which led McAfee to flee to neighboring Guatemala with Vanegas in tow.
But McAfee was then sent to Miami without his two girlfriends.
The Sun said that it had a “bizarre interview” with McAfee in which he said he wants to start a new life with both women in Southampton.
“McAfee, who was born in Sling, Gloucestershire, hatched the plan after becoming frustrated with the US authorities, who are refusing to give the women visas so they can join him in the States,” The Sun reported.
The Sun quoted McAfee as saying, “I feel just as much British as I do American. My mother, Joan Williams, was British and met my father Donald McAfee while he was stationed in England during the Second World War.
“We lived in Sling until I was two then moved to Norton, Virginia. I am a dual citizen, both British and American, and that is a big part of my identity.
“I was raised British. I eat Marmite every day and love Tetley tea and treacle with custard.
“If I can’t get Samantha and Amy into the US, my plan is to move to Southampton and start a new life there.
“The weather’s obviously drearier but at least we will be by the sea. My number one priority is getting back together with my girls.”
McAfee called both women “very special” and said Vanegas “stuck with me the whole time I was on the run and protected me from getting caught.”
He referred to Emshwiller as “one of the smartest women I’ve ever met and one of the most dangerous. She tried to kill me when we first met, although we got over that.
“I think I’m going to marry Sam because it might be fun. I can’t marry both because no country will allow me to do that.
“America used to be the Land Of The Free,” McAfee told The Sun. “But it’s not like that any more.
“Trying to get my girls visas is proving to be the most difficult thing – but I am determined to be with them by Christmas.”