Sunday, August 10, 2008


Bernann McKinney, left, who made headlines worldwide when she had five puppies cloned from her dead pit bull, admitted Saturday that she indeed was the former beauty queen, right, accused of forcing a Mormon missionary to be her sex slave in England more than 30 years ago.

Police said Joyce McKinney and a male accomplice kidnapped the missionary and chained him to a bed in a Devon, England, cottage, where he was repeatedly forced to have sex with her until he escaped. February 1978 photo / AP

Dog Cloner Is Same Figure in Sex Case

AP / posted: 6 HOURS 4 MINUTES AGO

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 9) - A woman who made news around the world when she had five pups cloned from her beloved pit bull Booger looked very familiar to some who saw her picture: She's the same woman who 31 years earlier was accused of abducting a Mormon missionary in England, handcuffing him to a bed and making him her sex slave.

Dog lover Bernann McKinney acknowledged in a telephone call to The Associated Press on Saturday that she is indeed Joyce McKinney, who in 1977 became a British tabloid sensation when she faced charges of unlawful imprisonment in the missionary case. She jumped bail and was never brought to justice.

She and a male accomplice were accused of abducting the 21-year-old missionary as he went door to door, taking him to a rented 17th-century "honeymoon cottage" in Devon and chaining him spread-eagle to a bed with several pairs of mink-lined handcuffs.

There, investigators say, he was repeatedly forced to have sex with McKinney before he was able to escape and notify police.

In a 1977 court hearing mobbed by the British press, Joyce McKinney said she'd fallen head-over-heels in love with the Mormon man and acknowledged tracking him to England. "I loved him so much," she told a judge, "that I would ski naked down Mount Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose if he asked me to."


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