“I loved Kirk so much I would have skied down Mount Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose”
On 15 September 1977 Scotland Yard announced that Mormon missionary, Kirk Anderson, had disappeared in “most unusual circumstances”. The day before, 21-year-old Anderson had received a telephone call from a man calling himself Bob Bosler. Anderson agreed to meet Bosler and his female friend at a church in East Ewell, Surrey. None of the trio had been seen since and the police were worried. The police in Salt Lake City, Utah, had advised their British counterparts that, prior to leaving for Britain, Anderson had been stalked by an obsessive woman.
Three days after disappearing, Kirk Anderson reappeared, claiming that he had been tied up and handcuffed, in a remote cottage in Okehampton on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon. Detective Chief Superintendent William Hucklesby asked the public for help in tracking down two Americans, 24-year-old Keith May (aka Bob Bosler) and 28-year-old Joyce McKinney. The Devon and Cornwall Police arrested the two within hours of Anderson’s reappearance and found the cottage where he had been held. They examined the room where Anderson was kept and found an array of bondage items. DCS Hucklesby said, off the record, “I can’t go into details but I’ll tell you what; I’ve never been lucky enough to have something like this happen to me.”
On 22 September McKinney, a former Miss Wyoming beauty queen, and May, an assistant architect, appeared in court charged with kidnapping and illegal possession of an imitation .38 revolver. Anderson admitted that he had asked McKinney for a back rub but said that did not mean he wanted sex. “My mom gives a pretty good back rub, but that does not mean I want to have sex with her.” At a hearing on 30 November the court referred to a previous statement by McKinney in which she said that all the activity with Anderson was consensual and the bondage and oral sex was to help out with his difficulties. “Kirk cannot have an orgasm unless he is tied up,” she said.
On 6 December 1977 she told the court, “I loved Kirk so much I would have skied down Mount Everest in the nude with a carnation up my nose.” Magistrates released McKinney and May on £3,000 bail after three months in Holloway Prison. On 12 April both May and McKinney — heavily disguised and pretending to be members of a deaf and dumb acting troupe — jumped bail and fled to America on an Air Canada flight. After 13 months, the FBI found McKinney and she was found guilty of using forged passports and given three years’ probation.
Banstead Road, Ewell, Surrey, England
Wednesday 14 September 1977
In June 1984 McKinney was once again in court accused of continuing to harass Kirk Anderson. The case was dismissed. On 14 July 2004 she was arrested for communicating threats and cruelty to animals. In August 2008, calling herself Bernann McKinney, she was again in the news after she paid $50,000 to South Korean scientists to have her dead Pitbull dog, Booger, cloned. Five puppies were born on 28 July 2008.