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The Bizarre Life Of 'Manacled Mormon' Mastermind Joyce McKinney

Updated April 19, 2019 2.9m views15 items

Joyce McKinney is a former beauty queen who made headlines in 1977 when she kidnapped Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson. McKinney alleged she turned him into her sex slave. At the time, the case of the “manacled Mormon” made headlines both in England and in the United States.

Since then, McKinney has made headlines for other behavior, such as purchasing a clone of her favorite dog in Korea and for suing the filmmaker who turned her court case into a documentary. McKinney fled Britain before her trial and because the country made no extradition request, she saw no jail time. This was mostly due to the courts of the time finding the idea of a woman overcoming a man and raping him to be preposterous.

After McKinney kidnapped and imprisoned Anderson, she continued to attract the public’s attention with her fame-seeking behavior and unusual backstory. 

  • McKinney Claimed Her Intentions Were To Deprogram Anderson From The Mormon 'Cult'

    McKinney told tabloids that her preparation for the kidnapping included reading books on deprogramming people into leaving cults. She believed she could help de-brainwash “Cult Kirk” through sexual acts.

    Reportedly, McKinney believed the Mormon church was a “cult” that had then convinced her "true love," Anderson, to shirk her and run away to England. 

  • She Also Claimed They Used Bondage To Fix His 'Sexual Problems'

    McKinney believed in addition to saving Anderson from a cult, she could fix what she alleged to be his sexual repressions. McKinney continuously told the court their sex was consensual: 

    He was grinning like a monkey [...] I don't have to beg for boys' services. I am a 38-24-36, so I don't beg. I am Miss Wyoming.

    She went on to explain to the court how she didn't even derive any pleasure from their encounter, as she was "too busy trying to satisfy him." She claimed the bondage was part of a cure she was using to fix his "sexual problems." Anderson adamantly maintained the intercourse was nonconsensual.

  • She Had A History Of Obsessing Over Mormon Men

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    Despite the fact McKinney later denounced the Mormon religion, she was reportedly dedicated to it for a time and had converted while staying with a Mormon family during college. Whether it was her newfound religion or her flair for the theatrical, McKinney reportedly became obsessed with the then-popular Osmond family.

    Before McKinney met Anderson, she allegedly had a relationship with Mormon Wayne Osmond, whom she wanted to marry.

  • She Hired Two Bodyguards To Help 'Rescue' Anderson

    Under the pretense of rescuing Anderson, her alleged fiancé, McKinney recruited men to help get Anderson "out" of the cult. McKinney hired two bodyguards via a newspaper ad to come with her and Keith May over to England: Gil Parker, a bodybuilder, and Jackson Shaw, a pilot. 

    When the four were at a hotel the day of the abduction, Parker reportedly saw McKinney and May pull out a gun, chloroform, and microphones and listening devices. Parker and Shaw declined participation.