He has made international headlines since going on the run from authorities in Belize late last year. Now John McAfee has turned up in the Rose City.
According to the Willamette Week, the eccentric software millionaire said he plans to call Portland his home for the next 18 months.
"Rain is good," said McAfee during a videotaped interview with the newspaper. "It cleans the streets, it makes the ambiance a little darker, I'm in a darker mood these days. I don't know why. So this is perfect. "
Mary Emily O'Hara, a freelance writer for the Willamette Week, snagged the exclusive interview with the elusive founder of the anti-virus software company that is named after him.
She sat down with McAfee at Coffee Division, an unassuming coffee shop in southeast Portland, to ask him why he chose to come to Portland.
"I like the weather. I don't like sun. Sun frightens me ," he said.
It's a strange statement, considering McAfee spent the last five years living in sunny Belize. The 67-year-old told O'Hara he arrived in Portland five days ago.
"He's an eccentric person," said O'Hara. "So I think he can really get with the whole keep Portland weird vibe."
O'Hara told FOX 12 she was able to track down McAfee last Wednesday after seeing a post on Facebook from a friend who spotted him doing a photo shoot at a strip club downtown.
"So I just hooked on that and started digging," she said. "I called everyone I know in town and went through a long list of sources. At about 10 p.m., about two hours later, I got a call on my cell phone. I picked it up and said, ‘Hi this is Mary.' And on the other end the voice said, ‘Yes, this is John McAfee. I heard you've been looking for me.'"
Police in Belize are also looking for McAfee. He is wanted for questioning in the November murder of his neighbor. McAfee remained on the run for about a month, but was caught sneaking into Guatemala and deported back to the U.S.
McAfee has denied any wrongdoing.
"Here's this man who's been internationally portrayed as a murderer," said O'Hara. "He hasn't been charged with a crime."
McAfee told O'Hara he came to Portland to work on a graphic novel about his life with local artist and friend Chad Essley.
Click here to read O'Hara's article in Willamette Week and watch video clips from her interview.
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