It was December 2012 and eccentric software pioneer John McAfee had just been deported from Guatemala to Florida. Previously, he had been in Belize, where he was wanted for questioning in the death of a neighbor, but after arriving in Miami, his strange saga took another twist:
McAfee walked into a restaurant and into the path of the woman who would become his wife, but who was then working as a prostitute, according to an episode of ABC’s 20/20 that airs Friday night.
“It was, I don’t know how to say it, magical — ’cause he saw the hurt that was there,” Janice McAfee tearfully explains of their meeting in an exclusive clip from the 20/20 episode.
“He saw the human in me, you know what I’m saying?” Janice says in the clip, adding that her future husband “thought I was worthy enough of a second chance.”
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McAfee has never been charged in the November 2012 death of 52-year-old Gregory Faull, an expatriate and his onetime Belize neighbor who was found fatally shot in the back of the head. He had repeatedly — and adamantly — denied any involvement.
Local authorities said they wanted to question him as a “person of interest.” But McAfee has said he was unfairly persecuted and eluded Belize police before making his way to Guatemala, where he was kicked out and sent to the U.S.
Faull’s death remains unsolved.
20/20 will take a closer look at the case’s twists and turns five years ago and McAfee’s life since. The episode airs Friday (10 p.m. ET) on ABC.