John McAfee Murder Mystery Series in Development at Spike

Network will develop six-part docuseries about online security pioneer.

Getty Images

Spike TV is developing “The McAfee Project,” a six-part documentary series focusing on the international murder mystery that embroiled tech entrepreneur John McAfee.

In April, 2012, John McAfee, a world-renowned billionaire computer anti-virus pioneer who founded McAfee Associates, found himself at the center of Central America’s hottest manhunt in recent history. McAfee was named a “person of interest,” but not a suspect, by police officials in Belize following the murder of his neighbor.

McAfee went on the run for three weeks before crossing the border into Guatemala. He was detained by Guatemalan authorities soon after entry, and was soon fighting against deportation to Belize.

McAfee claims the police and drug cartels in Belize were out to kill him thus the escape to Guatemala. He also reportedly faked a series of heart attacks to prevent deportation to Belize and aid safe passage back to the United States. Following a lengthy legal battle, he was deported to the United States while his home in Belize mysteriously burned to the ground.

Billy Corben (“Cocaine Cowboys”) will direct and executive produce the series, which will be centered around McAfee’s first-person interviews and will reveal unanswered questions about his life ranging from drug-fueled college days in Virginia, to learning to battle computer viruses early in his career at Lockheed in the 1980’s, to starting McAfee and Associates in 1987, to the 2012 murder investigation in Belize.

Alfred Spellman and Corben will executive produce the series along with Impact Future Media’s Francois Garcia and Kimberley Berlin.

“The McAfee Project” will be shot this summer and air on Spike in 2016.