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5.0 out of 5 stars He said, she said, 11 Aug 2010
This review is from: Joyce McKinney And The Case Of The Manacled Mormon (Paperback)
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. The new edition does not have the old photographs from the first edition. I have both old and new copies of this book, and the first edition is fun if you want the "nostalgic" feel. The second edition is much easier to read, with larger print, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read, 13 May 2013
This book digs up the dirt on Joyce and her past as well as exploring `the case of the manacled mormon'. It makes for fascinating reading. Antony Delano's style is distinctive, I'm a big fan of his other book - Slip Up - and he tells the story with humour. A must read for anyone who is interested in the media- past or present.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Tabloid Story, 13 May 2013
A brilliant and sharp insight into one of the most fascinating stories to unfold in tabloid journalism, packed full of interviews, insights and information that was not reported in the media coverage. The book recounts exactly how the story unfolded in the newspapers at the time, how the story developed in the media and then proceeds to go into detailed insight of how it all happened, as well as Joyce's past. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real inside story, 14 Jun 2013
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 in Victorian times, as a fate worse than death, every creak of the bedspring was avidly followed by millions of red-blooded male 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 The story behind the headlines, 26 May 2013
This review is from: Joyce McKinney And The Case Of The Manacled Mormon (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Sep 2014
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Funny and unbelievable true story...
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