A young Mormon missionary named Kirk Anderson went missing in 1977, in Ewell, Surrey, after he was allegedly abducted from the steps of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there. A few days later a freed Anderson made a report to the police that he had been abducted, driven to Devon, and imprisoned against his will, chained to a bed in a cottage, where he alleged that Joyce Bernann McKinney (b August 1949), a former Miss Wyoming World had abducted, attempted to seduce, and then raped him. The case became known by many sobriquets, including "The Mormon sex in chains case" and "The Case of the Manacled Mormon."
Coverage in the media
The coverage in British newspapers in the final months of 1977 was extensive and highly prominent. Many newspapers sought to obtain "scoops" on the story, and also to undermine other newspapers' when they managed to obtain and publish exclusive information. One example of this was the Daily Mirror, which researched McKinney's past and reported finding that she had been a nude model. It ran an exclusive story stating this for several days. The Daily Mail attempted to devalue the Mirror's reports by advertising itself as "The paper without Joyce McKinney."
Whitaker observes that the case provided "light relief" for the newspaper reading public, from more serious stories about politicians. Wilkes states that the coverage of the case "cheered Britain up no end." A Church of Scotland working party on obscenity in 1979 observed the "gusto" with which newspapers covered and followed the case, noting the accompaniment of the coverage by "the kind of illustration which a decade ago would have been under plain sealed cover."
The coverage was extensive in part because the case was considered so anomalous, involving as it did the issue of rape of a man by a woman. Backhouse and Cohen reported in 1978 that many men, privately, expressed their disbelief of such a possibility.
In 2010, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris released his film, Tabloid, based on the media sensation surrounding the story.
McKinney was arrested and charged but vigorously denied the charges. While being taken to Epsom for a court appearance, she held a notice up at the window of the police vehicle saying, "Kirk left with me willingly!" Press reports and McKinney's lawyer refer to the substantial size differential between McKinney, described as slightly built, and Anderson, described as substantially larger.
Along with Keith May, her alleged co-conspirator, McKinney jumped bail and fled the country. On 18 July 1979, they were both arrested in the United States by the FBI on charges of making false statements in order to obtain passports. They both received suspended sentences.
No extradition proceedings were instituted by Britain and the English court sentenced McKinney in her absence to a year in jail. Under the then-Sexual Offences Act 1956, due to the victim's gender, there was no crime of rape committed, though Indecent Assault on a man applied.
In 2008 "Bernann McKinney" appeared in the media after having her pet dog cloned in Korea. Journalists have attempted to tie the two incidents together in articles either noting or declaring some facial similarity between "Bernann McKinney" and Joyce Bernann McKinney. Some reports considered the two to be the same person, and some reports carried Bernann McKinney's denial that she is the 1977 convicted sex offender. The International Herald Tribune carried an admission by McKinney that she is the person named in the 1977 case.
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- Bone, James; Kennedy (2008-08-08). "Missing years in Bernann McKinney's strange journey from Mormon sex case to clones called Booger". The Sunday Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4481742.ece. Retrieved 2009-02-22. "In 1977, the former Miss Wyoming stalked her lover, a Mormon missionary, to a tabernacle in East Ewell, Surrey, allegedly kidnapped him and held him in a cottage in Devon. There, the 17-stone Kirk Anderson claimed, his petite, busty admirer tied him to a bed using mink-trimmed handcuffs, slipped into a see-through nightie and forced him into sex"
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- Dobner, Jennifer (2008-08-09). "Bernann McKinney, Joyce McKinney: Cloned puppies and a mormon sex slave? > Is the woman who cloned her puppies the same one who held a Mormon missionary hostage 31 years ago?". Chicago Tribune. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/aug/09/entertainment/chi-sns-joyce-mckinney-cloned-dogs-hostage-ht. Retrieved 2009-02-24. "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."
- Gordon, George (2008-08-07). "A cloned dog, a Mormon in mink-lined handcuffs and a tantalising mystery". Mail Online. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1042506/A-cloned-dog-Mormon-mink-lined-handcuffs-tantalising-mystery.html. Retrieved 2009-02-22. "In 1978, Joyce McKinney jumped bail and disappeared after being charged with kidnapping a 17-stone male Mormon missionary, whom she had chained to a Devon cottage bed with mink handcuffs and forced to have sex."
- O'Neill, Dan (2008-01-29). "A Mormon, a beauty queen and manacles...". South Wales Echo. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/columnists/2008/01/29/a-mormon-a-beauty-queen-and-manacles-91466-20404168/. Retrieved 2009-02-23. "Joyce, remanded on bail, came out after 11 weeks in Holloway in time to sign a deal with Penthouse Magazine, then disappeared with the faithful Keith, fleeing to Canada, sentenced in her absence to a year in jail"
- Peterkin, Tom (2008-08-07). "Dog-cloner denies being Joyce McKinney of the 'Morman sex-slave' case". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/2517483/Dog-cloner-denies-being-Joyce-McKinney-of-the-Morman-sex-slave-case.html. Retrieved 2009-02-22. "The animal-lover, who has been thrust into the limelight after her pet dog was cloned by Korean scientists, has vehemently denied that she is a former beauty queen accused of a bizarre and salacious sex scandal that fascinated the world 30-years-ago."