Sorry I've been absent in posting the last few days. It's been crazy around here. The kids are finally settling into this year's school schedules and P4 has started his first, real extra-curricular activity. He decided he wanted to take gymnastics with P3. I have to say - I loved it when P1 and P2 took tennis together for three years. But, I am *really* happy that two of the kids chose the sport *I* love. Tennis is Pdaddy's thing.
This story caught my eye, today.
Paul Rolly: Is dog cloner same woman accused of raping missionary?
By Paul Rolly Tribune Columnist
Call it "The Return of Joyce McKinney," or, perhaps "The Twilight Zone II." Is it possible that a former Brigham Young University co-ed and Miss Wyoming beauty queen charged in the 1970s with kidnapping and raping a Mormon missionary in England has resurfaced as the woman who made news this week for paying a Korean lab to clone puppies from her deceased dog's DNA? The owner of the newly cloned puppy, however, flatly denies she's one and the same.
The story of Bernann McKinney surfaced from Seoul, South Korea, earlier this week and ran in newspapers throughout the world. She is the 57-year-old woman who reportedly sold her house to raise enough money to have Seoul-based RNL Bio clone a litter of puppies from the DNA of her beloved pit bull, Booger, who died two years earlier.
When The Associated Press story ran in The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday, it got the attention of local filmmaker Trent Harris, who had done a documentary about Joyce McKinney, the woman charged in the missionary abduction nearly 30 years ago. He is "pretty sure" Bernann McKinney and Joyce McKinney are the same person.
I got a hold of Bernann McKinney, however briefly, Wednesday night when I called from my home to reach her during the daytime in Seoul. I got her mobile number from Hyung-Jin Kim, the AP reporter who had written the cloning story.
The first time I called, she hung up on me when I said I was a reporter from Salt Lake City. The second time, she said "Why are you slandering me," as soon as I identified myself and hung up again. The third time, I blurted out, "Are you Joyce McKinney?" She said, "No," and hung up again.
I called the AP reporter and asked if he had an e-mail address because she wouldn't talk to me over the phone. He said he had similar problems interviewing her, noting: "She is a confusing person."
Her reaction on the phone, the fact that she is the right age and apparently from the same hometown, and the similarity of the pictures of her now and of Joyce McKinney 30 years ago, suggests she is the same person. And Harris isn't the only one who made the connection.
So did the London Telegraph, but Bernann McKinney flatly denied to a reporter she is Joyce McKinney. "That's garbage; that's rot," she told the newspaper.
Joyce McKinney made international news when she was charged with abducting a Mormon missionary with the help of a male friend, and taking him to a hotel room where she forced him to have sex with her. She and the alleged victim had known each other at BYU before he left for his mission. She always maintained it was consensual sex.
Joyce McKinney made more news when she disappeared as the trial was under way and fled the country. British authorities eventually gave up trying to extradite her, but she was in trouble with the law again in Salt Lake City in the mid-1980s for allegedly stalking the missionary. She sued the Salt Lake City Police Department for false arrest and assault, but the case eventually was dismissed.
Wow...talk about not letting someone let go of their past. There has got to be more to this story. I realize this may come across as sexist, but how does a woman force a man to have sex with her?