Dateline | January 18, 2013
>>> business, ultra light plane, water taxis, biological research .
>> entrepreneurism is a hard habit to break .
>> that john mcafee was an entrepreneur extraordinaire, a focused man with a steady girlfriend, and a man couldn't have been happier in belize and told cnbc 's david faber he wanted to spend the rest of his life right here.
>> i think i'm, you know, old enough to realize where my final resting place might be.
>> here in the jungle?
>> why not?
>> now that he was on the run from police, finding eternal rest in the belizean jungle sounded like a distinct possibility.
>> like the police, we wanted to find him, too, but we also wanted to find out what happened to him since those blissful days when mcafee believed belize was heaven on earth? who better to ask about that than joshua davis who spent weeks with mcafee last summer months before the murder of greg faull.
>> right off the bat, we don't trust you.
>> even at 67, said davis , mcafee still looked like the same fit fellow cnbc profiled back in 2009 , but this john mcafee , davis told us, was different. the ambergris caye beach estate was now had dogs and gun-toting dogs and surrounding himself with teenage girls where the age of consent was 16 and mcafee kept those girls busy in bed.
>> he told me that for him five hours is a quickie and he brought one of his girls out it to confirm the point and she said yep, that's true.
>> frequent testosterone injections kept his stamina up, but that only guns with guards kept him alive.
>> he was sure that everyone was going to kill him and this snowballed into this conflict with the belizean government.
>> that conflict began, said mcafee , weeks before davis first went to see him. it was in the early hours of april 30 , 2012 , belizean police raided the mainland compound where mcafee had built his lab. the raid was carried out by the gang suppression unit or gsu. their interest in mcafee centered on the suspicion that he was manufacturing meth in his lab.
>> they wanted to get everything about me. they wanted to get charges and then they wanted to kill me.
>> one of his initial explanning as for why the april 30th raid happened was that the government -- one of the local politician his come to him and asked for a donation. he had refused. as a result, they sicked the gsu on him.
>> after the raid mcafee told belizean tv the gsu had mistreated him and his girls, had been extremely heavy handed in their search for illegal drugs .
>> they murdered my dog in cold blood . they threw things around. they stole things. it was -- it was unbelievable. it was unimaginable for a country that was suppose lead a democratic country.
>> the police didn't find any illegal drugs , but they did find a cache of guns, at least one unlicensed security guard and firearms for which mcafee allegedly had no license. though mcafee disputed the weapons charge, he was arrested and spent half the night in jail. the millionaire was livid and later called a press conference to demand an official apology.
>> i'm pissed off and i will not shut up until i get an apology.
>> the government of dean barro --
>> he was going about these heavily-armed people behaving in a way according to my interlock t turs that was intimidating if not threatening.
>> after the raid, mcafee retreated to his beach estate on ambergris caye where his guards and dogs kept a constant vigil.
>> i think the raid on april 30th set in motion a real escalation of his paranoia. i would get calls from him all of the time saying the gsu just, you know, drove a boat past my place or a frogman just walked out of the water. a g, su frogman and he jumps into the bushes again and he's constantly feeling pursued and it just gets steadily worse and worse and worse.
>> davis investigated mcafee 's claims of rampant corruption and police brutality in belize . in the end he said he found there were a few grains of truth in mcafee 's accusations.
>> there are examples of abuses of the government. i'm sure there is corruption and the police -- there have been instances of police brutality , but at the same time i do think that mcafee has a latent paranoia, and this paranoia of his blew a situation way out of proportion.
>> davis believes that mcafee 's behavior began shifting from nearly eccentric to bizarre. a few months after that cnbc crew bade him a fond fairwell in 2009 that's when mcafee took up with this young woman , her name is amy herbert and at the time she was a 16-year-old prostitute living in carmelita, a small town near mcafee 's compound on the mainland.
>> and amy, as he says, clued him in to exactly what was happening in this tiny village of 1600 people. she says that it was an epicenter of the drug trade . that, in fact, it was a major narc owe trafficking through route for drugs headed north to the u.s. so he decided to set himself up essentially as sheriff of this tiny little village .
>> at first, mcafee 's involvement in the town made a certain amount of sense. he built a jail for carmelita and hired off-duty police to track down its drug dealers and then, said davis , mcafee started to do things that seemed odd and mcafee bought a bar, a self-appointed crimefighter he hired known criminals to be his bodyguards.
>> the way he talked started to evolve, his dress evolved. at one point he said he urinated in public for the first time in his life and he never acted like this before.
>> i think the jungle and that environment started to infect him almost like a virus.
>> whatever it was that got into john mcafee , it was powerful. powerful enough that by july 2010 the antidrug crusader had acquired a pro-drug alias. writing as stuffmonger to an online drug discussion forum called bluelight mcafee boasted of purifying mdpv known as bath salts . it had increased alertness and turbo-charged sex drives, but along with that, experts say comes psychosis and paranoia.
>> this is something that everybody knows is a nasty drug and yet john starts posting saying that he thinks it's the most extraordinary thing ever primarily because of the hypersexuality that it creates and in these posts he says that he's produced over 50 pounds of the substance and that he's distributed more than 3,000 doses of it throughout the country that he's in which is belize .
>> when asked about that, though, mcafee told davis those postings were just a joke, part of a harmless prank.
>> first of all, i wouldn't know how to produce 50 pounds of mdpv. i'm not a chemist.
>> how had one of the silicon valley success stories gotten himself tangled up in all that? davis didn't know, but finally, he said, it was during a routine interview at mcafee 's home he became convinced mcafee was a man unhinged.
>> we were in his bungalow and he had a smith & wesson 38 special strapped to his chest in a holster. he takes the gun out. he opens the chamber. there are six bullets in. he drops them out and takes one of the bullets and he chambers it, closes it, spins the cylinder and he puts it to his head and i'm, like, john, we don't have to do this. and he says, i know we don't. your perception of reality may not be correct, and he starts pulling the trigger click, click, click, click, click, five times and there's only six chambers and then he pulls it a sixth time and nothing happens. he says you have missed something about reality. and i say, oh, it's a trek. he said no, it's not a trick and he opens the door and he aims the gun at the sand and he pulse the trigger and -- it was a live round.
>> john mcafee was on the run in belize hiding from homicide detectives , davis said he knew he had a head start on a hot story, but he didn't know was whether that story was about to become an obituary.
>> coming up --
>> there's the house. secrets from inside the mcafee mansion.
>> you tried to shoot him.
>> i also tried to cut his throat.
>> and later, at last, the man himself.
>> this is the story about a murder.
>> for you it's a story about a murder. for me it is not.
>> when "trouble in paradise" continues.