35 years ago today - Jun 16, 1985

Joyce McKinney is arrested in Salt Lake City after Kirk Anderson informs police she has been shadowing him. She is charged with disturbing the peace and giving false information to police. Seven years earlier McKinney (one-time Miss Wyoming in the "Miss Universe" pageant and former BYU graduate student) became a fugitive from justice in Great Britain, where she stands accused of abducting then missionary Anderson, keeping him tied to a bed for three days, and raping him. She denied the charges at the time, saying Anderson went along with her willingly and had promised to marry her. In May of 1982 LDS Communications director Heber Wolsey referred to a positive effect of publicity surrounding the McKinney-Anderson case: "a lot of doors [were opened] to missionaries in England because of the publicity generated by the abduction of an elder by a young woman." Salt Lake City police reports show McKinney possessed numerous photographs of Anderson, had recorded his daily activities in a notebook, and had mapped out his travels, pinpointing where Anderson lives with his wife and children. Years earlier Loren Pomeroy had given McKinney a priesthood blessing when she was distraught over being pregnant out of wedlock with what she claimed was Anderson's child

[On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

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