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Joyce McKinney And The Case Of The Manacled Mormon [Paperback]

Anthony Delano
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4 Sep 2009
'The ultimate tabloid story'... 'A fantastic read...' Comments like these on the website TrashFiction helped turn the original edition of this book into a cult sensation. Copies were selling on amazon.com for US$325. '...You don't often see it around, but take my advice: if you do come across it, leap on it and lap it up.' Joyce McKinney was a former beauty queen from North Carolina, originally obsessed by the Osmond family, who became so infatuated by a young Mormon missionary that she followed him to Britain, kidnapped him and - allegedly (for the trial never came to court) - raped him. This NEW version includes everything that was in the earlier one and even more - what happened to Joyce after she fled the country to avoid being tried at the Old Bailey for raping a man. 'The tabloids really went wild... The Daily Mirror had a fabulous exposé ready for publication, as this book relates. It's really top quality tabloid sensationalism'. Written by Anthony Delano, Chief US Correspondent of the Daily Mirror, one of the team that tracked down the truth about the amazing Joyce McKinney.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Revel Barker; 2nd Revised edition edition (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955823889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955823886
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars He said, she said 11 Aug 2010
I come from the same state as Joyce McKinney, so when she paid a Korean scientist to clone her bulldog in 2008, she made a lot of news here in North Carolina. What many people around here don't know is she is the same Joyce McKinney who was involved in the Mormon kidnap case in the 1970s. This book was written by London Daily Mirror reporter Anthony Delano, and he and his team of journalists went far and wide to dig up information on Joyce and her past. The book tells all about her early life, growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, and then going to college at Brigham Young University in Utah where she met Kirk Anderson, a drama student and Mormon missionary with whom she fell in love. Joyce and some friends trailed him to England where he was on a church mission, where the whole case started. He claimed a man friend of hers, Keith May, put a gun to his head and forced him into a car, where he was taken to a cottage in the countryside and forced to sleep with her. Joyce claimed Kirk followed her to the cottage willingly and made up the kidnap and rape story so he would not be excommunicated from the LDS church. Joyce and her friends fled the country before her trial, so nothing ever came out of the case. Whether the encounter was forced or not, it is left to the reader to decide. The book also tells about how Joyce tried to keep a "clean" image, even though a team of Mirror reporters went to Los Angeles and discovered she had worked for a sleazy escort service and posed for many adult magazines.

The 2009 edition is about 20 pages longer than the 1970s edition, telling what happened to Joyce, Kirk, and Keith after the ordeal. The first edition stops with the sentence, "Joy to the world", but the second edition continues on for another twenty or so pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story behind the headlines 26 May 2013
By Hitch
The story of American beauty queen Joyce McKinney and the Mormon missionary she kidnapped and chained to a bed in a lonely English country cottage was the stuff of tabloid dreams.
While the missionary was being subjected to what used to be known as a fate worse than death, every creak of the bedspring was avidly followed by millions of red-blooded newspaper readers, very few of whom would not have traded places with the Mormon love slave.
As a high voltage foreign correspondent, Delano was there when Lee Harvey Oswald shot American President John F. Kenneddy, and only feet away as Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby put a bullet into the heart of the Presidential assassin in a Dallas police station.
From the lifetime at the sharp end of journalism, Delano knew that even though the story of Joyce McKinney was a cracking read, the story behind the story was probably even better. So he went out to find exactly what happened, and to discover who were the winners and losers chasing this nail-biting story, which dominated front pages for weeks. The result of Delano's investigation is a thrilling roller-coaster ride. Delano is an ace story-teller, and if Jeffery Archer gets to read his books, I suspect he will feel a shadow cross his grave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manacled Mormon 26 Aug 2011
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This was a great story for those in the newspaper business and could only be told - for legal reasons - because it never came to a full trial since those involved skipped bail. Tony Delano's hilarious account of events equals that of his other book "Slip- Up" which detailed the previously failed attempts to extradite 'Great Train Robber' Ronnie Biggs from Brazil. Both are an excellent and entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rip-Snorting Scandalous Fun 22 Sep 2012
By Christine Whittington - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by a British tabloid writer, this is the ripping tale of Joyce McKinney, who in the 1970s fell in love with, then stalked, a young Mormon missionary, trailing him to his mission in England. With the assistance of several other smitten gentlemen friends, she kidnapped the poor guy, imprisoned him in a cottage, chained and handcuffed him to a bed, and had her way with him. The story is just as much a revelation about the competition and tactics of the British tabloids as it is McKinney's bizarre story, which becomes even more bizarre in the last 50 pages or so.

McKinney resurfaced decades later, when she paid Korean scientists to clone her departed pit bull, "Booger," producing five puppies.

I gave this four stars instead of five for editing and proofreading problems--a proliferation of typos and errors, the rather hurried and disorganized style in places. AND the lack of photographs, which would have pushed this lurid tale over the top. (Posted on Goodreads)
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