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McKinney believed she was liberating Kirk from Mormon brainwashing. She says that Kirk did not leave when he easily could have, and they made plans to marry...until Kirk saw his kidnapping in a newspaper and had to come up with a story to save himself from excommunication. Kirk said he was genuinely kidnapped and raped by McKinney. The British tabloids had a field day. Kirk became the "Manacled Mormon", and Joyce was presented as a hopeless romantic or, alternatively, as a manipulative vixen, depending upon which paper you read. The authors of the competing tabloid visions, Peter Tory of The Daily Express, who publicized Joyce's point of view, and Kent Gavin of The Daily Mirror, who dug into her past, are interviewed for the film.
Joyce McKinney tells her own story. She may not possess the mischievous charm that so many men found irresistible 34 years ago, but she is still nutty in a sort of endearing, occasionally frightful way. She never wanted for ingenuity, and she tells a good tale.Read more ›
The focus of an hilariously lurid 1977 scandal (Joyce McKinney and the Case of the Manacled Mormon), McKinney traveled from the U.S. to England to kidnap Kirk Anderson, a Utah-bred Mormon missionary with whom she had fallen in love. Armed with a fake hand gun, she forces Anderson into a car and drives him to a cozy British cottage where she promptly ties him to the bed for a three-day love fest. As she says in modern interviews, this was the man of her romantic dreams imprisoned by a repressive Mormon ideology. She was saving him from the cult clutches of inhibition. Plus, she was hoping to become pregnant and marry the strapping man. By the time he returned to aghast Mormon protectors, he had changed his story to kidnapping and rape so as to avoid excommunication. How much of this is literally true matters little. The bottom line is she tied this virginal man to a bed, burned his clothes in the fireplace and insisted on him experiencing a forced honeymoon of his lusty dreams.
McKinney was promptly arrested and imprisoned in England and the tabloids had a field day of "He Said She Said.Read more ›
Joyce McKinney is not a nut, she is not crazy, and she did absolutely nothing wrong in trying to liberate the man she loved from a dehumanizing cult that had (and still has) him in its clutches. Her mistake was in thinking he was worth saving, but love often isn't rational.
She is a very colorful person, but that's good, not bad. The world needs more colorful people and a LOT fewer mindless clones (they're the ones who think she's crazy).
The life she led in LA before the incident in England had absolutely nothing to do with that incident, and she had done nothing illegal in LA either. But the slimy British gutter press smelled blood, and they went tearing into her for all the blood they could spill.
They're disgusting. That they are STILL gloating over their assassination of her character 35 years later - one of the slimiest even having the gall to call HER a vampire, while smiling the creepiest vampire smile I ever saw - is testament to their total depravity.
I greatly admire McKinney for having survived what they did to her with most of her charm and sense of humor intact. She's a survivor, and she hasn't faded away among the millions of Stepford Wives like a good little girl. She's still her colorful, charming, open, vulnerable and feisty self after all she's been through, and I greatly admire her for it. SHE gets four stars.
I would give Errol Morris one star for showing the British press scum as the gutless, amoral, grinning creeps they are - but he gladly plants himself with them in the "Joyce is barking mad" camp (it sells tickets and wins awards), so he gets nothing from me but the contempt he and all those "press" sharks deserve.
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Best moment for anyone who believes this woman: She holds up her hand at one point. A hand with all it's fingers. Read morePublished 4 days ago by ANJANI W.
This is definitely an interesting tale as told be several different individuals from different perspectives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ParkerKate
Seriously? I mean, seriously? I can't imagine for a second who thought this movie was even 2-star worthy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by NoVa 4
After watching this documentary all I can think of is, "Huh." Joyce has the kind of life that truly is stranger than fiction. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bellingham Bookworm
What I thought would be just a sensationalistic story of a sensationalistic crime turned out to be thoroughly mesmerizing. My jaw dropped several times as I watched. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Johnny T. Townsend
HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THIS STORY? I don’t mean the movie, I mean the actual story on which it is based! I was in my 20's when this began unfolding. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karl Weaver