Monthly Archives: December 2014

Self-described ‘Superthief’ from Deerfield to stand trial in 1970s Boca rapes

Late on a Saturday night a long time ago, a 15-year-old Boca Raton teen was baby-sitting two small neighborhood kids.

Moments after hearing knocks at the front door, the baby sitter turned toward a hallway near the kitchen and faced a man wearing pantyhose over his face and pointing a pistol at her.

“Don’t worry,” the intruder said, before proceeding to rape her in a bedroom. “I won’t hurt you. Don’t scream.”

It was about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, 1976. Almost 36 years to the day after this attack, Boca Raton police accused John MacLean — a notorious burglar and convicted sex offender from Deerfield Beach — of being the man in the disguise.

How huge numbers of people can organise online for data analysis

How huge numbers of people can organise online for darta analysis
Caught in the moment, by the camera and the net. Credit: Paul Wolfe

Some achieve celebrity, and some have celebrity thrust upon them, to paraphrase Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. This may be how Alex Geutsitskiy and Katie Verkovod feel, a couple from Oregon who were captured on camera by photographer Paul Wolfe at exactly the moment Geutsitskiy proposed on a peak in the Columbia River Gorge.

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