I’m a “Superthief,” but I’m not the “Gentle Rapist,” according to a notorious 71-year-old serial burglar who is preparing to face trial on Monday for a pair of rapes committed in the 1970s in Florida.
John MacLean — who is accused of raping a 15 and 26-year-old in Boca Raton — first gained national attention after penning a 1983 book titled “Secrets of a Superthief” where he boasted about roughly 2,000 burglaries he pulled off along the East Coast in the 1970s, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
He claims to have raked in over $100 million, including a $1 million jewelry heist from the Fort Lauderdale mansion of a Johnson & Johnson heiress.
But MacLean claims he’s no rapist.
“You’re doing this to the wrong person,” he scrawled in a series of letters from his jail cell in Palm Beach County Jail addressed to Judge Karen Miller, the paper reported. It’s an “unquestionable criminal conspiracy to convict an innocent man,” he added.
Despite his pleas, the judge refused to throw out the charges or grant bail before his trial, which could land him behind bars for life.
Cops believe MacLean — who records show had rape charges in 1981 in Miami and Boca raton dismissed because faulty evidence — may be the “Gentle Rapist,” known for speaking softly to his victims, and wearing disguises as he committed hundreds of sexual batteries.
So far, MacLean has been linked to the two cold-case rapes by DNA taken from him in 2005 — as mandated after he finished a prison sentence for an early 1990s sex offense, the paper reported.
It wasn’t until 2012 that authorities found a match between MacLean’s DNA and a sample of semen-stained jeans and a vaginal swab from a hospital rape kid.
The Massachusetts-native is accused of raping a 15-year-old babysitter on Oct. 16, 1976, after knocking on the front door while wearing pantyhose over his face and pointing a pistol at her head.
“Don’t worry,” he allegedly said before forcing himself on the teen, authorities contend. “I won’t hurt you. Don’t scream.”
He was also linked to a 1977 rape on Feb. 28, where he sneaked into a 26-year-old woman’s home in a short, curly brown ladies’ wig, held a pistol to her head and violated her while her two sons slept in another room.
MacLean’s lawyers have alleged shoddy police work, and tainted or destroyed evidence, as they’ve fought unsuccessfully to have the charges against their client tossed.