Netflix’s ‘Running With the Devil’ Exposes Suspected Murderer John McAfee’s Madness

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John McAfee became incredibly wealthy protecting other people’s computers, and yet the infamous anti-virus software pioneer decided at some point in his life that the only way to protect himself was to move abroad. teeth, take and drink tons of drugs, and routinely flee from law enforcement and shadowy forces he saw lurking around every corner. Charlie Russell’s Netflix Documentary Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfee is plucked from images of McAfee during the last decade of his life, as he hops-scots between tropical islands, Miami and Central America. What it boasts in the chaos up close and personal, however, it lacks in revealing coherence.

Echoing the kind of short montage of the table that has become de rigueur on Netflix and its streaming brethren, Run with the devil (Aug. 24) picks up with reporter Rocco Castoro and cameraman Robert King in December 2012. At Vice’s behest, the duo board a plane to Belize to join McAfee, a millionaire who has spent years living in the Middle East. American Country, and is currently accompanied by his girlfriend Sam. McAfee is currently in hiding from Belizean authorities who he believes are going to kill him for blaming him for the death of his neighbor, 52-year-old Florida native Gregory Faull, who was once in the back of the car was shot. just days after the two chatted about McAfee’s dogs and their intimidating behavior toward Faull’s beloved parrot. Local reporter Jose Sanchez bluntly states that there is “a high probability” that McAfee had something to do with Faull’s murder, and when Castoro and King meet McAfee, he claims he is wanted by the Prime Minister of Belize, who killed $150,000 has placed -or-living bounty on his head.

To add to the insanity of this scene, once ushered into an airport SUV, Castoro and King are greeted by a weather-beaten McAfee with a goatee chewing rose petals and rehearsing a, shall we say, politically incorrect routine of disabled men whose he thinks it will help him evade detection .

From the moment McAfee hits the screen, it’s clear that he’s a maniac, and the rest of Russell’s film serves to repeatedly confirm that first impression. Run with the devil pushes someone into his intoxicating on-the-lam scenario, only spreading a little bit of backstory along the way. That gives the material a bit of early energy, aided by the sheer weirdness of McAfee, who brags about hacking into the Belizean government’s cell phones, worries about being arrested any minute, and quickly sends everyone by boat to Guatemala — a decision that leads to more trouble when they are questioned at length on arrival about the lack of proper passport stamps (from leaving Belize), and are forced to enlist the help of Sam’s great-uncle, who happens to be the former Attorney General of the country.

As Castoro and King recall, this was breakneck craziness on a nerve-wracking scale, and Run with the devil skillfully conveys the aura of danger and excitement that McAfee created wherever he went. King’s clips of McAfee trying to get out of customs trouble, hiring Sam’s relative as his legal representative, musing about his Joker-esque persona (“Do you think I care? No, folks, I don’t”) and proclaiming that he has access has until everyone and everyone’s data is legitimately off-the-wall, portraying him as a psychopath out of control driven by deep-seated paranoia. Of course, some of those fears are justified, as at certain stops on his rickety journey, strangers seem to haunt him. Nevertheless, the portrait that emerges is of a person lost in a fugue generated by similar persecution-complex neuroses, I-the-center-of-the-world narcissism and numbing delusions.

McAfee comes across as a smart, self-centered rich man with a brain confused by far too many illegal substances (including, as one suggests, copious bath salts), and Run with the devil charts his brief but eventful odyssey with Castoro and King — whose presence was meant to feed his ego and protect him from public arrest — and, in 2019, with only King, rejoining him on a boat already would soon find its way to the Dominican Republic. By this time, McAfee had already run for president in the 2016 US election as a candidate for the Libertarian Party. He was also, while in Miami after his stay in Guatemala, married to Janice, a prostitute who admits she linked her car to McAfee because she “just saw an opportunity.” It’s a love story that fits perfectly into this bizarre saga, which races headlong into greater frenzy as McAfee searches his seagoing ship for clandestine stowaways and slurps bottles of booze for breakfast, and Janice recounts how her pimp colluded with members of Mexico’s Sinaloa community. cartel to force her to poison her new husband.

McAfee searches his seagoing vessel for clandestine stowaways and drinks bottles of liquor for breakfast, and Janice recounts how her pimp colluded with Mexican Sinaloa cartel members to force her to poison her new husband.

McAfee’s out-of-control behavior is somewhat amusing in a car accident, but most of the time he turns out to be a tiresome, one-note cannon. With a devilish grin and constant warning everyone of imminent deadly threats that must be fled immediately, he is a madman who becomes less credible when Run with the devil continues. King and ghostwriter Alex Cody Foster both speak fondly of him, despite their comments about his dangerousness — as well as the possibility that he killed Faull, as well as, decades earlier, his father (whose death was considered suicide). But with only shreds of verifiable facts and news to go on here, there’s no telling what’s real and what’s fiction, and while director Russell’s refusal to contextualize the action is exciting at first, it ultimately undermines any attempt. to understand McAfee and the brutal choices he makes. created.

McAfee committed suicide in a Barcelona prison on June 23, 2021, where he was awaiting extradition to the United States for tax evasion that could have landed him 30 years behind bars. Given his incessant claims that he was in grave danger, many continue to believe — in Jeffrey Epstein-style conspiracy fashion — that he fell victim to nefarious forces. Run with the devilhowever, has no concrete answers about the late mogul, just many riots that obscure rather than illuminate the truth.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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