McAfee pops up in Portland, says he is going to stay

McAfee pops up in Portland, says he is going to stay

PORTLAND, Ore. - Software pioneer John McAfee is now living in Portland.

Our news partners at Willamette Week sat down with him at a Southeast Portland coffee shop this week.

McAfee, the creator of an anti-virus program named after him, said he plans to live in Portland for the next year and a half while he collaborates with a local artist on a graphic novel about his life.

"I've had enough sun for awhile," said McAfee. "I had five years, every day, sunny."

McAfee sold his stake in the anti-virus software company that is named for him in the early 1990s and moved to Belize about three years ago to lower his taxes.

But when his neighbor was murdered and he became a person of interest in the case, he fled to Guatemala where he was caught and forced to return to the United States.

McAfee contends that he had nothing to do with the murder and says the government in Belize is corrupt and out to get him.

He spent weeks in hiding, but still blogged about his whereabouts, taunting investigators who were on his trail. McAfee even hired a body double to fly to Mexico from Asia to try and throw them off.

When he was caught in Guatemala, McAfee faked a heart attack to give his lawyer time to stop his deportation to Belize.

KATU's Meghan Kalkstein contributed to this story.