SHE’S the blonde bombshell who kidnapped a mild-mannered Mormon missionary, tied him to a bed with mink-lined handcuffs and raped him, according to police.
But after four decades shunning the limelight, the former beauty queen at the centre of one of Britain’s most sensational sex scandals of the 1970s is back.
Joyce McKinney, who famously claimed to love kidnap victim Kirk Anderson so passionately that “if he had asked I would have skied down Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose,” is poised to take centre stage in a dramatic courtroom battle that will relive her extraordinary escapades.
“Yes, I tore off his pyjamas, but that was because I wanted to please him,” she told Epsom magistrate’s court in her Southern drawl during committal proceedings in 1977.
“It was bombs, firecrackers and the Fourth of July every time he kissed me.” But while out on bail McKinney fled the country, and has been laying low – until now.
McKinney, aged 66, is suing the creators of the 2010 documentary Tabloid, by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris, which retold her astonishing story in sordid detail.
“They offered me £45,000 to settle, and I told them they could kiss my butt,” says McKinney.
“They made millions off me. I’m going to take it all the way to the end. I want my day in court.”
That day comes on February 29, when a Los Angeles judge will hear McKinney’s claim that she was tricked into a filmed interview, and that personal photos and videos were stolen by filmmakers.
She alleges breach of contract, fraud, and the infliction of emotional distress.
Promised that the film would “clear her name,” McKinney claims it portrayed her as a sex-crazed stalker instead.
Visually impaired and using a guide dog, she alleges that producers broke into her home and threatened her dog would die if she didn’t sign release papers for the documentary.
McKinney’s “manacled Mormon” exploits are now set to be re-examined by the court in all their twisted detail, 39 years after they dominated newspaper front pages for weeks following her arrest.
She first met the mild-mannered Anderson when studying at a Mormon university in Utah in 1975. They dated but he insisted on saving his virginity for marriage.
“She came into the room wearing a negligée and put on some music,” Anderson told the court.
“I was manacled to the bed. She grabbed the top of my pyjamas and tore them from my body until I was naked.”
McKinney claimed that she was saving Anderson from a “cult” and that when they had sex on his third day in captivity it was consensual.
“He was grinning like a monkey,” she alleged. “I don’t have to beg for boys’ services. I am 38-24-36, so I don’t beg. I was Miss Wyoming.”
McKinney claimed she performed oral sex on Anderson and played bondage games to help cure his “sexual problems”.
“I can’t say I got any pleasure out of sex with Kirk,” she insisted. “I was too busy trying to satisfy him.”
But prosecutor Neil Denison told the court: “A kidnapping for the sake of or because of love is no less a kidnapping than a kidnapping for monetary gain.”
The producers claim in court papers: “The evidence will show that (McKinney) willingly – in fact eagerly – participated in the lengthy interview that featured in the film.
“She can’t demonstrate she was damaged and the events in her life are more likely to have caused problems than the alleged fraud.” McKinney’s co-conspirator May died in 2004.
Anderson refuses to discuss the case, but the Los Angeles court may soon decide where the truth lies.
McKinney, who insists she has been the victim of decades of lies by British authorities, says in the documentary: “Sometimes you tell a lie long enough and you start to believe it.”
Those words could soon come back to haunt her.