McAfee fled Belize after the November 2012 murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull on the island of Ambergris Caye. The murder remains unsolved, but police want to have a word with McAfee. McAfee claims that the corrupt politicians of Belize want to pin the murder on him.
He said that the fire was probably a message from the select few with great power in Belize that will go to great lengths to harm him. 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. The compound was being managed by one of McAfee's employees. He claims that the cost of the damage was more than $250,000.