In an phone call with NBC Dateline correspondent Morrison, McAfee offers a BZE$25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Faull’s murder. He also claims he is at his home on the island, and not in hiding. Morrison says that McAfee continues to have no faith in the Belize Police Department, even when he is being offered to turn himself in with his attorney and television cameras. Morrison:
One of the claims he [McAfee] is making, and I challenged him on a good many of those claims, is that he does not have any intention of giving himself up, not now not ever. He is fixated on the notion that the police and the political establishment of the police are unbelievably corrupted and there is nothing he can do except stay in hiding.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph McAfee explains why he refuses to turn himself in to Belize authorities:
I think I will be summarily executed. I know the prime minister laughs at this. He’s a clever and charismatic person. The constitution has been ridden away with. They can make up some excuse for removing me. This is the way it is in this country…My plan is a day-to-day plan, simply to avoid detection.
McAfee is in hiding with a woman and admitted that he has a disguise. He follows the latest news of the search for him sporadically.
I wish I had a TV, that would be very informative. I’m keeping tabs through friends. I have intermittent access to the internet, again through friends.
McAfee does not stay on the phone with The Telegraph for long because he fears that the call could be traced to his current location. He says he is innocent of Faull’s death, asserting that he was at his villa the night of the murder.
I was at home. I heard nothing. I knew nothing until the following day.
Police in Belize said they had detained three people for questioning in the death of Faull. The three detainees were one of McAfee’s bodyguards, William Mulligan; his groundskeeper, Cassian Chavaria; and a local taxi driver, Cesar Trapp. McAfee:
This is exactly what happened to Soviet dissidents when Stalin took power. If they could not catch the man himself, they rounded up all of his friends,” said McAfee, who added he fears he would be tortured or killed by police.
McAfee tells AP in a telephone interview from an undisclosed location that he didn’t kill Faull, though he acknowledged he had differences with the dead man. Belize police have said they want to question his as a “person of interest” in the murder.
I barely knew him, I barely spoke ten words to him in the last three years. Certainly he was not my favorite person and I was not his. He was a heavy drinker and an annoyance. But the world is full of annoyances; if we killed all of our annoyances, there would be nobody left.
McAfee says he is in hiding, unarmed and accompanied only by a young woman, changing locations and telephones frequently to stay one step ahead of a Belize police unit he says wants to kill him.
Belize’s Prime Minister Barrow urges McAfee to help the country’s police with the murder inquiry.
I don’t want to be unkind, but he seems to be extremely paranoid – I would go so far as to say bonkers. He ought to man up and respect our laws and go in and talk to the police.
McAfee has said he does not want to give himself up because he is afraid the authorities will torture or kill him. Barrow calls McAfee’s statements “nonsense,” noting he had “never met the man”:
The media attention he has attracted offers him] the best possible safeguard. It’s not as if the police have said he is a suspect and certainly there is no question at this point of charges pending. The fact that this is smeared across international headlines means the police would have to act extremely cautiously in the full glare of the public spotlight.
Faull’s body is found. He has been shot in the back in the head in his home on Ambergris Caye, about 300 yards from McAfee’s home.