Mens Rea:  A true crime podcast

In September of 1977, Kirk Anderson a 21 year old American Mormon missionary is reported missing in Ewell, a town just south and west of London. Three days later, Kirk turns up again. Reports emerged that he had been kidnapped by a woman who was obsessed with him, and forced to have sex with her.

But Joyce McKinney was a petite pretty blonde woman, and the British press and public were incredulous at the idea that anyone would have objected to her company for a few days and nights.

So, was Joyce McKinney a woman who was just trying to get her man back, or was she a deranged stalker who had kidnapped and raped a man?


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Quinn’s Song: The Dance Begins Kevin MacLeod ( ( ) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Additional Music:   Allemande (Sting) by Wahneta Meixsell. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License



Anthony Delano, Joyce McKinney and the case of the Manacled Mormon (London: Revel Barker, 2009) purchase here (  

Phil Helsel, “Woman, 68, charged in Los Angeles area hit-and-run death of Holocaust survivor”  from ( (4 July 2019) 

“Psychiatric evaluation ordered for woman suspected in Valley Village hit-and-run death of Holocaust survivor” from ( (5 July 2019)   

David Batty, “Joyce McKinney: from Mormon manacling to dog cloning” in The Guardian (8 August 2008)   

“A Mormon, a beauty queen and manacles...” from ( (29 January 2008)   

“Cloned-dog owner is '70s fugitive” in The Denver Post (9 August 2008)   

Andrew Anthony, “Joyce McKinney and the battle of the tabloids” in The Guardian (16 October 2011)   

Roy Greenslade, “Judge finds for filmmaker in 'manacled Mormon' case” in The Guardian (17 October 2013)   

Eriq Gardner, “Errol Morris heads to trial against irate plaintiff at center of 2011 documentary 'Tabloid'” in The Hollywood Reporter (15 January 2016)   


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