Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

Synopsis: Mysteries abound in the life of John McAfee. He made millions creating antivirus software, then reinvented himself as a yogi, a proponent of herbal medicine, and a serial entrepreneur. He was known for his charm and generosity. Then his life took another turn. He moved from the US to Belize and built a heavily armed compound in the jungle, like a modern day Heart of Darkness. McAfee never shied away from media attention and boasted of his libertine lifestyle, maintaining a harem of young women. In 2012 his neighbour in Belize, an American named Gregory Faull, was found murdered by a gunshot. Sought for questioning by local authorities, McAfee fled to Guatemala, then returned to the US where he pursued the Libertarian Party nomination for President in 2016. Over the years, journalists have told pieces of McAfee's story (including the infamous Vice report accidentally revealing his secret location). Here the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nanette Burstein delivers a deep investigation
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They'll go through the island

and just make a sweep.

There's expats here

that really like to

immerse themselves

with the local culture.

And the, you know,

the local culture

loves a rich man,

you know?

Everybody knew

John McAfee.

When he first came into

the country,

he was very friendly.

He was very friendly.

I really thought he was

a very nice person.

He bought prime property.

He used to bring his friends

from the States.

We are getting a lot

of tourists because of him.

John started

donating things

to the police department.

Very generous.

Extremely generous.

He told us, "Guys, anything,

you need help,

my doors are open."

My doors are open."

He donated

a considerable amount

of equipment to police.

Boots, stun guns,

different assortment of weapons.

I recall, when he get his

residence card here,

he gave the government of Belize

a $1 million boat.

And that made the news here.

Why this donation

to the Coast Guard?

I've just become a permanent

resident of Belize,

I've just become a permanent

resident of Belize,

and I'm very grateful

that the country of Belize

allowed me to live here


And I wanted

to give something back.

You have to wonder,

if you're giving donations

to the police,

is it out of the goodness

of your heart?

Or are there

some motives behind it?

You know, why didn't you

build that library, or

You know?

The schools always need

another classroom.

There's a lot

of different ways

There's a lot

of different ways

you can be generous

with your money.

Entrepreneur John McAfee

is still doing

what comes naturally:

starting new businesses.

This is an entrepreneur's

paradise, here.

There are virtually

no regulations on business.

McAfee started

a ferry service.

He's also cultivating

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