A St. Louis County Judge convicted Jeremiah McMillon for robberies and rapes committed in 2010. Police called McMillon a 'serial criminal' who struck in nice neighborhoods. He sat down with us right before his trial, which ended in a conviction Wednesday February 29th. His story comes with an added twist. He fired his attorney so that he could confront his accusers in Court.
In the Summer and Fall of 2010, Jeremiah McMillon said police called him a serial rapist. He remembers a police sketch that warned of a dangerous man on the loose.
Chris Hayes asked him, "Did you think it looked like you?"
McMillon answered, "No, absolutely not. When I saw the guy, I'm just like, he looks like the standardized guy."
McMillon said detectives asked him about more than 10 reported rapes and robberies, mostly in the Central West End, University City and Clayton area.
He said, "I was like oh yeah, here we go again."
Hayes asked, "Are you guilty?"
Hayes, "Did you rape those women."
McMillon, No sir, now, uh, it's kind of hard on what I can really release at this particular point in time."
Four people accuse him of robbery and two of them say he also raped them while showing a gun. McMillon said they've each identified him. He says they've got the wrong guy.
He added, "It's unbelievable the people in the world who can just say.. (McMillon points and yells) 'He did it!' And all of a sudden you can't prove or disprove anything."
Investigators recovered DNA from one of the rape victims. It was a rape reported as a random attack in Clayton by a man with a gun. McMillon then said something we didn't expect. He admitted having sex with the woman who reported the rape, but he said it was at a college party and it was consensual. McMillon said, "A woman, when she's felt like she's shamed, she can become the most vindictive manipulative woman in the world."
He said he fired his lawyer, because this is personal. "I don't want just some defense, you know, somebody by the State representing me to go up there and just ask some questions and I'm just sitting back."
Hayes followed up, "But the whole reason to do it in Court is to do it in a safe, legal and civil manner and it sounds like you want to confront her, person to person."
McMillon, "Right, this is a very personal thing. So it's come to time where..." McMillon stopped himself, then continued, "I'm trying to calm myself. I usually try to refrain from anger and hostility at the time. This is a very personal matter. I just spent the last year and a half out of an academic environment, in a maximum security death row facility.
While waiting for trial, he remained locked up in Potosi because of a previous burglary conviction. He was on parole when police accused him of serial robbery and rape. McMillon said he'd turned his life around by studying anthropology at SLU. He said he was about to transfer to Washington University to study pre-Med. He explained that's another reason he wanted to represent himself, because he wanted to show jurors he's too smart to be a robber and rapist. He said, "I hope they`re going to see me as an intelligent individual who won`t just go out as an opportunist and try to commit these crimes."
But after McMillon and St. Louis County assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh picked a jury, McMillon sent them home. He said he wanted the Judge to decide his fate. Judge Mark Seigel then convicted him on all counts, including robbery, rape and kidnapping. McMillon will be sentenced next month.
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