my face appear much fatter. I darkened and browned my front teeth,'' he wrote. “I wore an old, ragged long sleeve shirt. I donned an old Guatemalan style serape and toted a bag containing a variety of Guatemalan woven goods.
"I adjusted my posture so that I appeared a good six inches shorter than my actual height and slowly walked up and down the beach with a pronounced limp, pushing an old single speed bicycle and peddling my wares to tourists and reporters using a broken English with a heavy Spanish accent. On my second day, while peddling small wooden carvings, I nearly sold a dolphin carving to an Associated Press reporter standing at the edge of my dock. He was pulled away from my enticement by an urgent phone call.''
None of the four Associated Press reporters and cameramen who had reported from outside his home north of the town of San Pedro recalled having been approached by anyone matching that description.
McAfee, 67, claims even police didn't recognize him.
“I watched the police search my residence 7 times,'' he wrote. “At one point I got too close and was angrily ordered to go away.”
He claimed that other disguises included posing as a foul-mouthed German tourist spewing profanities.
“On subsequent days using different disguises, I did the same general thing, one day selling tamales and burritos that I had purchased wholesale from a real vendor, on another pretending to be a drunk German tourist with a partially bandaged face and wearing speedo swimming trunks and a distasteful, oversized Hawaiian shirt.''
As with his other stories, it has been difficult to verify any of McAfee's claims. One resident who lives near McAfee's home, which is two doors down from Faull's, also doesn't remember seeing any of the three characters McAfee describes.
Faull was shot to death in early November. McAfee acknowledges that Faull had complained about his dogs, which were poisoned shortly before Faull's killing, but he says he didn't kill him.
“He did not like my dogs, but neither did any of my neighbors. I didn't like them myself sometimes, they did bark at night and they were annoying,'' McAfee said in the Saturday interview. “I did not kill the man and I had no reason to do so,'' he said, suggesting he had an alibi _ something corroborated by at least one young woman who said she spent the night at McAfee's house the night