When he visited Belize several weeks ago, Satellite Beach resident BillKeeneye said his longtime stepson, Greg Faull, never expressed any fear orconcern about his life.
Authorities in Belize said Faull's body wasdiscovered Saturday, inside his home in Ambergris Cay by his housekeeper. The 52-year-old man had been murdered, according to police, who said he was lying face up in a pool of blood, with a single gunshot wound to theback of his head.
"When we learned about his murder, it was like a lightning bolt out ofthe blue," said Keeneye of Greg's death. "It was an absolute surprise. The area where helived seemed absolutely safe."
Keeneye said his wife, Greg's biological mother, is takingthe loss particularly hard.
"It's just a terrible shock for her," Keeneye said with a sigh. "To thepoint she cannot really talk to friends, especially friends of Greg's, wherethere was a connection. It's just awful."
Keeneye said he and his wife didn't know Greg's neighbor, three lots down, was millionairesoftware developer John McAfee. He said Greg never brought it up during theirvisit, but he did notice his stepson was annoyed by McAfee's dogs barkingloudly.
"I think it was mentioned a couple of times" Keeneye said. "'Aw there'sthose darned dogs barking again' he would say."
The dogs were the only reported source of friction between the twoneighbors, and one the reasons police want to talk to McAfee about the murder. But investigators said McAfee refuses to come out of hiding totalk. Instead, they said he is making paranoid statements about police toAmerican media. McAfee told Wired magazine's website that he thinks the police aretrying to kill him.
"He's in serious trouble, himself," said Keeneye. "I think he's got somepsychological problems that apparently make him behave in an erratic way."
While McAfee grabs headlines with his bizarre statements, the family of hismurdered neighbor is left grieving with no clear answers. Keeneye said it is importantthat the public also hear about the victim, an adventurous veteran, and entrepreneurwhose love of fishing, and his pet birds, inspired him to move to Belize.
"This is a hard-working, bright young man, that we lost."