Dateline | January 18, 2013
>>> sick over the stress in john mcafee 's life. a murder investigation, weeks on the run, lost homes, lost assets and lost reputation, but mcafee says this is not the first time he's been in dire straits .
>> i took more drugs than you could carry and i drank more booze than lake michigan and my life just collapsed and i ended up at a point where my wife left me, my friends left me, i had no job, i had no money.
>> since 1983 mcafee has been a hardliner when it comes to drugs and alcohol.
>> if someone was living with me, in close proximity to me, they don't drink. that's just a fact of life. they don't take drugs. that's a fact of life.
>> for a man so dead set on against on drugs spent months online with bath salts . could he have fallen off the wagon? do you think if i had a choice i would choose the worst drug in the world when i can buy fresh cocaine? get real.
>> all of the bath salts talk just an elaborate hoax for his own amusement.
>> cocaine is a great aphrodisiac, far better than these bath salts .
>> you're a trickster and a jokester and a guy that loves to prank.
>> what else is there in life?
>> without laughter, would you want to live?
>> but if you prank often enough people don't know whether to believe you or not.
>> if you come to them and say, well, you know, when we talk about bath seattle i was just lying, basically, i was telling a joke. it wasn't true, how can they ever know if they were telling the truth or not?
>> what business is it of theirs? here ate issue --
>> if the public has an issue and you say it with the convection that you use when you're pranking somebody they don't know whether you're pranking somebody they don't know if you're telling the truth.
>> i don't know the public and the public didn't smooe know me. they know me through you, through cnn and a very twisted mirror.
>> it was interesting from a man who courted the media and used it to such personal advantage, john mcafee seemed to resent the press now that he was in custody in guatemala.
>> what's in the news? sensationalism. a crazy man on the run is far more sensational than a political problem.
>> and you are an insane man on the run.
>> if you say so.
>> that's the image. you have a blog. you know what the comments on your blog are. they all think you're nuts.
>> they all think i'm nuts and i don't think i'm nuts and half of them think they love me. they've never met me.
>> the assumption is you enjoy it.
>> why was i not in the press for ten years? i would not talk to a reporter. i don't trust you guys.
>> because whatever i say to you people because -- because i live a lifestyle which might be a little over the line or outside -- over the line of normal behavior, instead of looking at the latest thing i'm trying to develop, oh, that's great about the antivirus, but tell me. tell me about your lifestyle.
>> though at the time we spoke mcafee faced the apparent probability of deportation back to belize he seemed remarkably unconcerned. in fact, he told us after five years in what he called an entrepreneurial paradise, he was looking forward to going home . back to the good old usa.
>> do you think the united states government would be uncomfortable about accepting you back when you're a person of interest being sought after by the police in belize in a murder investigation?
>> a person of interest wanted for questioning. do you realize how many people who are american citizens come back into the country for -- of course, they will. do you know how much taxes i paid over the years. it's embarrassing.
>> how do you see this whole sagaening?
>> happy for everybody. happy for everybody. what i will do is i will stop bashing belize in my blog. my neighbors can have some peace and quiet. the guatemalan government can say -- thank god he doesn't want to stay here. america's happy, more tax dollars, it's the perfect solution . that will be the solution.
>> you are convinced of it?
>> you know, i haven't been wrong much about my life, you know. people who know me will say one thing, don't ever bet with this man. i don't like to lose money. i don't, and i'll bet you on this one.
>> spoken like a gambler who might haven combo t eknown the fix was in. the question is whether john mcafee would ever be forced to sit face-to-face with homicide detectives .
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