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Bungle in the jungle: John McAfee's Belize home burns to ground

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    John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus company that still bears his name, seen in his hacienda in Belize.Jeff Wise

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Just when you thought the strange story of John McAfee was over….

The former island home of anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee burned down Thursday afternoon under circumstance he told FoxNews.com were “suspicious.”

It’s an odd choice of words from a man whom the Belize police found suspicious, following the November 2012 murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, a well-liked builder from Florida who was shot at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

That incident led McAfee on a bizarre “Catch Me If You Can” flight from the police that took him into Guatemala and eventually back to the U.S. and Portland, Ore., where he now resides, hard at work on several books and movies about his life. McAfee chronicled his own exploits by blog and phone, turning the crime into farce.

The murder remains unsolved.

"I am sure that the public has had various opinions of my trials and tribulations over the months,” McAfee told FoxNews.com. “But I am hoping that this will bring to light that my concerns were based in reality."

“I believe that there are a select few with great power in Belize that will go to great lengths to harm me,” McAfee said. “This fire was not just a strange coincidence."

According to a news report on 7newsbelize.com, the two main structures in McAfee’s compound were destroyed by the fire, which started at 1:00 p.m. on May 16 when a bush fire enveloped the compound.

Property Manager Noel Codd estimates the value of the buildings at $250,000 each, 7newsbelize.com said.

McAfee, whose very name is synonymous with security, has repeatedly defended his antics over the past six months, most recently in a recent interview last week with USA Today.

"I am not a mad man," he said. "I am eccentric, gracious, attentive, kind, humorous. We humans are funny creatures."

McAfee remains a person of interest in the Faull investigation, Raphael Martinez, a spokesman for the Belize police, told the paper.

"We only want to question him, should he return to Belize," Martinez said. "Nothing has changed since he left the country last year.

Jeremy A. Kaplan is Science and Technology editor at FoxNews.com, where he heads up coverage of gadgets, the online world, space travel, nature, the environment, and more. Prior to joining Fox, he was executive editor of PC Magazine, co-host of the Fastest Geek competition, and a founding editor of GoodCleanTech.