Wow, nothing says "morbid sex case" like a story about cloned puppies.... evidently.
While I normally have no interest in stories about cloned puppies, I have to admit that when the story ends up solving a 30 year mystery of what happened to a deranged sexual maniac- it's going to catch my eye.
The whole thing started years old, with American Joyce McKinney. Described by one former friend as 'beautiful' the young woman had apparently been blessed with the looks to win a Miss Wyoming USA pageant. She also had attended the Mormon based Brigham Young University. It was there that Joyce meet another student, a young man she grew very fond of to a dangerous level, Kirk Ewoll.
When the young man went overseas on Missionary work, Joyce wasn't so willing to let him escape her, and according to reports she hired a PI to locate him, and then followed him to England. If that didn't put a few red flags in the air, then what police and courts have claimed she did next surely will.
She and a male accomplice were accused of abducting the 21-year-old missionary as he went door to door, taking him to a rented 17th-century "honeymoon cottage" in Devon and chaining him spread-eagle to a bed with several pairs of mink-lined handcuffs.
There, investigators say, he was repeatedly forced to have sex with McKinney before he was able to escape and notify police.
In her own defense, she claimed the young man, Kirk went willingly with her, and was a avid participant in the sexual activities, also claiming that he only concocted the story of the abduction because he feared being punished by the church.
A photo of her holding a hand made sign out a window proclaiming her innocence is worth taking a peek at.
McKinney and her accomplice spent three months in a London jail before being released on bail.
Press reports at the time that said the pair then jumped bail, posing as deaf-mute actors in Ireland to board an Air Canada flight to Toronto and eventually a bus to Cleveland, where investigators lost their trail.
Joyce McKinney surfaced again in Utah in May 1984 and was arrested for allegedly stalking the workplace of the same Mormon man she was accused of imprisoning in England. News reports say that police found a length of rope and handcuffs in the trunk of McKinney's car, along with notebooks detailing the man's daily activities.
Set to stand trial for lying to police and harassment in 1986, McKinney again disappeared just before proceedings and the case was dismissed. (from Fox News)
That might have been the end of things, and we might not be hearing about all of this now, if not for one odd twist of fate.
Recently, a woman who had lost her beloved dog had the animal cloned- producing five cloned pit bulls. While the story hit the stands, and people from around the world were amazed at the clones, reporters in London where sitting back scratching their heads, because the woman- referred to in reports as Bernann McKinney, had a creepy resemblance to the woman they called Joyce McKinney 30 years ago.
The Mail was the first to connect McKinney to the infamous kidnapping of Kirk Anderson, a Utah missionary, by a Joyce McKinney back in 1977.
The paper noted "the face was familiar, albeit older and heavier. The surname was the same. So was the alleged American, ex-beauty queen background." Asked by the paper: "Are you really Joyce McKinney?", she snapped: "Are you going to ask me about my dogs or not? Because that's all I'm prepared to talk to you about."
However, the Guardian noted today that a check of public records in North Carolina confirmed that 'Bernann' is indeed the same woman who infamously said of her captive missonary: "I loved him so much that I would have skied down Mount Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose if he asked me to." Source
Now, after dodging questions, and lying when she did answer, the cloned puppy owner has decided to just admit that she's also the crazy Mormon chick.
Dog lover Bernann McKinney acknowledged in a telephone call yesterday that she is indeed Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 became a British tabloid sensation when she faced charges of unlawful imprisonment in the missionary case. She jumped bail and was never brought to justice.
Through tears, she explained that she went public with her efforts to replicate her dog Booger, who died two years ago, hoping people would be able to focus on that story rather than the "garbage" of the past. Source
UPDATE... New Information Here