John McAfee, the anti-virus software tycoon now wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faul, never fully denies his own paranoia, but the more he talks, the worse he makes the case for his clear-headed sanity. And he is certainly talking again. That's not a good thing when you're trying to convince the world that you're innocent in a murder for which the police are apparently trying to frame you. This tale has many uncertain assertions, but at this point one thing is clear: McAfee is a "complex and volatile person," as Wired's Joshua Davis puts it. Still, the more we hear from him, the less "complex" and the more unstable he sounds.
The latest insight into McAfee's complicated psychosis comes from Davis, who has maintained constant contact with McAfee before and after the charges, turning what was supposed to be a Wired feature into a 39-page ebook released last Friday. Davis has also posted audio of conversations with McAfee that he describes as "Bizarre Breaks From Reality." The 25- and six-minutes clips below are worth a listen. But to get an idea of how removed McAfee sounds from reality, listen carefully to how he describes various incidents in which large groups of Gang Suppression Unit officers come after him. Many of the circumstances sound unbelievable, like the time one of them walked out of the ocean in full SCUBA gear. And others have too-convenient details, like men disappearing as day breaks, or, possible witnesses (like his girlfriend) "sleeping through" raids. It doesn't quite add up, and he sounds "genuinely unhinged," to use Davis's words.