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Joyce McKinney – Kirk Anderson Kidnap – Epsom Magistrates. Evidence suggested the distraught Kirk was telling the truth, and the police arrested Joyce, even though she adamantly denied the charges. Frustrated by her treatment, Joyce jumped bail and fled the country with a friend.

“Madame Mayhem

Mormon Sex in Chains Case

A cloned dog, a Mormon in mink-lined handcuffs, a former Miss World contestant and a tantalising mystery. At first it seemed a straightforward example of the oddball stories which emerge during the long, slow, news days of high summer…

Joyce McKinney said she’d fallen head-over-heels in love with the Mormon man and acknowledged stalking 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.”

It has been 40 years since she committed the crime that cemented her name in history for a sex scandal that captivated Britain and America. But, Joyce McKinney’s life and story still captures worldwide interest.
“Madame Mayhem,” as she has more recently been coined, was the centre of a 1970s court case known to many as the “Mormon in chains sex case” or “The Case of the Manacled Mormon.” It was shocking and absurd for the time period as well.

McKinney is an intelligent, woman who is a former Miss Wyoming World. However, McKinney had bigger plans. These plans involved kidnapping the man of her dreams. She just didn’t want him to get away.

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Elizabeth Smart: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

Elizabeth Smart: Taylor Hill/Getty Images.

The Extraordinary Resilience of Elizabeth Smart

“Never be afraid to speak out. Never be afraid to live your life. Never let your past dictate your future.”

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003 after being held prisoner for 9 grueling months.

Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which lead to conviction.

The Founder of the “Elizabeth Smart Foundation”, Elizabeth has also helped promote The National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions.

Elizabeth has chronicled her experiences in the New York Times best-selling book, “My Story.” In addition, she and other abduction survivors worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide, entitled, “You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment.” This guide is meant to encourage children who have gone through similar experiences not to give up but to know that there is hope for a rewarding life.

Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by “every day” people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.

Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Smart attended Brigham Young University, studying music as a harp performance major. She married her husband Matthew in 2012, and gave birth to her first child in 2015.

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There should be no compulsion in religion, but wait – what about Pakistan?

Islamic Pakistan:

  • Pakistan’s persecution of Christians escalates
  • Government makes Islamic study compulsory in all schools and colleges
  • Kidnapping, forced marriages and forced religious conversions of Christians
  • Blasphemy charges and violent assaults on Christians and their churches
  • British Pakistani Christian Association reports grave abuses of Christian communities.

Jewish Israel:

  • Religious tolerance
  • Compulsory military training for all Israeli citizens over the age of 18 who are Jewish, Druze or Circassian; other Arab citizens of Israel are not conscripted. Other exceptions are made on religious, physical or psychological grounds.

Pakistan was formed to give Muslims their own country  but, unlike Israel, they show no tolerance for other religions. Even compulsory military training in Israel doesn’t apply to everyone. In Pakistan, on the other hand, there is forced religious conversion to Islam and compulsory study of Islam in all schools and colleges. Clearly, the religion of peace as practised in Pakistan is not a tolerant religion and does not follow Islam’s own precept that there should be no compulsion in religion. The regular kidnapping, rape and forced marriage and conversion to Islam of young Christian girls is a horrific but common practice in Pakistan. They also have modern-day slavery, known as bonded labour in Pakistan, despite a 1992 law being passed against it.  Also practised in Pakistan is the payment of a Jizya tax (Islamic protection money), which is a payment demanded from non-Muslims living inside an Islamic State.

“The government of Pakistan has announced plans to force Islam on young people by making Quranic study compulsory for all school and college students, which is contrary to the country’s constitution and the Islamic precept that there should be no compulsion in religion. This is the latest escalation of the country’s bias against Christians, other minority faiths and non-believers,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

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Together at last: Sarah-Cecilie Finkelstein with her Norwegian mother, Tone Vik Nerby

Abducted By My Father

In 1974, Cecilie Finkelstein was just four years old when her father took her on what she thought was an adventure. Cecilie’s mother, Tone Vik Nerby, thought they were just going to the park. But instead, Cecilie and her father, Herbert Finkelstein, were leaving Oslo, Norway, and flying to New York City via London. At first, Herbert told his daughter that her mother was coming, but he later said that her mother had abandoned her.

A 13-year-old girl, sitting at a table eating cereal by herself. She doesn’t understand why or how, but she will learn later that she has been a victim of child abuse, abduction and brainwashing. After a childhood on the run, she is entering adolescence in a fog of confusion and fear, and will soon attempt to drown herself. But, on this morning in 1983, she is having breakfast in peace.

She scans the box of Cheerios, before her attention flicks to the milk carton.

When she turns it round, the sound of crunching stops. She drops her spoon. “I’d seen pictures of missing kids on milk cartons before, and always thought, ‘oh, how sad – they’re probably already dead’,” Sarah-Cecilie Finkelstein says. “But this time the girl in the picture was me. It was completely shocking, just imagine – it was me.”

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Children often go missing.

It is rare for one to turn up and nobody knows who she is or who she belongs to.   Meet “Maria”

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Thousands of leads have been pouring in from around the world after a blond hair, blue-eyed girl was discovered in a Greek Roma community last week.

Hopeful parents think the abducted girl could be their daughter and officials are looking into 10 missing children cases.   Read more »