Joyce Bernann McKinney is turning out to be more than any proud parent of 5 clones puppies would want to be. Forget the bad checks, forget the stalking, go ahead and put the sexual predator issue aside- since none of that will land her in prison now- recent news has her with an open warrant, this time for failure to appear on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The charges stem from a Nov. 9, 2004, incident in which the parents of a 15-year-old boy told the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that a woman driving a van with North Carolina license plates had approached their son and asked him to participate in a burglary of a residence in Hampton.
The boy told investigators the woman was supposed to pick him up after school the next day. The boy and his parents agreed to have a microphone planted in his clothing and work with the sheriff’s department in apprehending the woman.
According to the arrest report, McKinney picked the boy up as scheduled. Officers followed her van and listened to the transmitted conversation. She allegedly had a map of the residence and showed it to the boy, pointing to a specific window that was always left open and told the boy where a safe was kept that contained money.
Rape, stalking, bad checks, a little B&E... I'm starting to think that there isn't much this nutjob HASN'T done.
In 1993, she was charged with attempting to break into the Washington County Animal Shelter. That case dragged on for years in Washington County Sessions Court before it was dismissed in 1997.
In all fairness to her, it seems that once again, her criminal behavior was the result of some sort of mentally twisted affection... except this time, instead of the object of her affection being a Mormon Missionary, it was a three legged dog.
McKinney’s strange life trajectory brought her to Carter County, Tenn., in 2004 with a different pet-oriented mission impossible: obtain money to buy a prosthesis for her three-legged horse, said an attorney who represented her.Really really weird is seeming to be a good way to describe a lot of her past behaviors.
“Really, really weird,” is how the arresting officer remembered his brush with McKinney.
“She was mentally not all there,” Laverne Julian, who retired from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 and now works as a Realtor, said in an interview Wednesday.
“Everything was so perfectly planned out,” Julian said, referring to a drawing of the house’s interior he found on McKinney. But once he arrested her, “It was like she just woke up from a dream.”
It was never clear, Julian said, how or why McKinney targeted the residence in question, and the owners did not know her. McKinney, in keeping with a blanket declaration of her innocence of all criminal charges, denied that she intended to break into the house, Elizabethton attorney David Crockett said in an interview.
“She wanted an artificial leg put on a three-legged horse she owned. She said she was trying to raise money,” Crockett said, adding that he was aware of her “bizarre conduct over in England.”