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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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Melbourne cult ‘The Family’ was started in the mid-1960s by yoga teacher Anne Hamilton-Byrne and is well-known for the haunting similarities forced on the children to make them look like siblings ?The tentacles of this cult were incredibly wide?: children who were in the cult The Family, at Lake Eildon. Photograph: Scribe Publications

The Family

‘Unseen Unheard and Unknown’

With its identically dressed blonde children and its use of LSD, The Family was one of the stranger outposts of the counter-culture. It’s got the children; it’s got the locations that are kind of dank and sinister but beautiful. It’s sort of like a Grimm fairytale.

Australia, 1987. Police swoop on a forest compound to rescue six abused children from The Family, an apocalyptic sect with the motto ? unseen, unheard, unknown. Its guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, a beautiful Kim Novak blonde with an obsession for cosmetic surgery, has disappeared.

For 15 years, police received reports of strange home-schooled bleach-blonde children. But it?s only when Detective Lex de Man discovers children as young as 13 are being injected with LSD that police intervene.

For devotees, Anne Hamilton-Byrne is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. They change their names, sign over title deeds and produce children with partners selected by Anne. They even adopt babies stolen from teenage mothers under her direction. At least 28 children are collected to fulfil Anne?s dream of raising a master race to survive the apocalypse.

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Assault rifle in hand, Hearst joins DeFreeze in robbing a San Francisco bank on April 15, 1974. It was her first crime as a professed SLA member.

Patty Hearst Kidnapping

For nearly a century, the Hearst family name was synonymous with a newspaper tycoon and a powerful media empire.

That changed in April 1974, when Patricia Hearst appeared on surveillance video taking part of an armed bank robbery just two months after being kidnapped by a violent terrorist group.

Patty Hearst was the socialite heiress who became part of the anti-capitalist organisation that kidnapped her.

Around 9 o?clock in the evening on February 4, 1974, there was a knock on the door of apartment #4 at 2603 Benvenue Street in Berkeley, California. In burst a group of men and women with their guns drawn. They grabbed a surprised 19-year-old college student named Patty Hearst, beat up her fianc?, threw her in the trunk of their car and drove off.

Thus began one of the strangest cases in FBI history.

Hearst, it was soon discovered, had been kidnapped by a group of armed radicals that billed themselves as the Symbionese Liberation Army, or SLA. Led by a hardened criminal named Donald DeFreeze, the SLA wanted nothing less than to incite a guerrilla war against the U.S. government and destroy what they called the ?capitalist state.? Their ranks included women and men, blacks and whites, and anarchists and extremists from various walks in life.

They were, in short, a band of domestic terrorists. And dangerous ones. They?d already shot two Oakland school officials with cyanide-tipped bullets, killing one and seriously wounding the other.

Why?d they snatch Hearst? To get the country?s attention, primarily. Hearst was from a wealthy, powerful family; her grandfather was the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The SLA?s plan worked and worked well: the kidnapping stunned the country and made front-page national news.

But the SLA had more plans for Patty Hearst.

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?Don?t Take Candy from Strangers?

Isn?t Just a Phrase

“Don?t take candy from strangers? is a popular admonition that parents give to children. Many years ago, when the United States of America was not a superpower, the story of two brothers, Charlie Ross and Walter Ross, unfolded.?Collectively, they were soon to be known as the reason why you must not accept candies from strangers.?On July 1, 1874, two little boys were abducted in front of their family’s mansion. It was the first kidnapping for ransom in the history of the United States. And it would be the major event of its kind until the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.

Whether it is the fruity lozenge or chocolates, candies/lollies have always been a favourite treat of children. They are also a perfect item to lure children and remain the wicked minds’ guidebook to abduct them.

Sadly,?Charlie and Walter were the first ones in the history of America who fell into the trap.

Charley Ross (age four) was lured from his Philadelphia home by the strangers offering candy; the boy was never found.? Candy has frequently been used to lure a child into a stranger?s car, so parents also admonish never to take rides with strangers.? In the 1910-1920s, children were admonished not to take candy from strangers for an additional reason?the candy was feared to be poisoned, often with morphine or cocaine to create an addiction.

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The Chicago press covered Linda Taylor’s 1977 trial extensively, and she dressed to court the cameras.
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Reagan’s ‘Welfare Queen’ Was a Real Person

Her Story Is Bananas

Back in the 80s, Ronald Reagan paid a lot of rhetorical attention to the story of an anonymous “welfare queen” who drove a Cadillac and lived high on the taxpayer’s dime. For those who knew her decades ago, Linda Taylor was a terrifying figure.

The life and times of “Linda Taylor” (in quotes because that’s only one of her many, many aliases),is the real woman who served as the basis for Reagan’s story. Taylor really did drive a Cadillac and perpetrate a decent amount of welfare fraud. But her story isn’t really representative of the typical sort of welfare fraud ? let alone the typical welfare recipient, in general. In fact, Taylor was the sort of person that gets armchair diagnosed as a sociopath. She spent most of her life grifting somebody and was possibly involved in the deaths of multiple people.

She was a woman who destroyed lives, someone far more depraved than even Ronald Reagan could have imagined.?In the 1970s alone, Taylor was investigated for homicide, kidnapping, and baby trafficking.?The detective who tried desperately to put her away believes she?s responsible for one of Chicago?s most legendary crimes, one that remains unsolved to this day.?Welfare fraud was likely the least of the welfare queen?s offenses.

Reagan told the story of a benefit stealing ?welfare queen? to argue for smaller, leaner government. Liberals have complained about the generalization ever since. It turns out there was a real welfare queen, and that name was given to her by the Chicago Tribune, not Ronald Reagan.

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Pro-Life feminists not welcome but woman who kidnapped, sodomised, tortured and murdered a man made guest speaker

More and more information is being revealed about the Women’s march and it isn’t pretty. First, we discovered that one of the main organisers Linda Sarsour promotes misogynistic Sharia law is associated with Hamas and CAIR and has hateful views about Jews and Israel. Then we discover that this week she attacked the world’s leading opponent of female genital mutilation and expressed the desire to remove her vagina while saying that she doesn’t deserve to be called a woman. Now it is revealed that pro-life feminists were not allowed to take part in the march but a woman imprisoned for the horrific kidnap, rape, torture and murder of a man was made welcome on the march as a guest speaker.

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Vincent walks her two dogs, Danny, left, and Mikey. Vincent and her two sons also have hamsters, fish and an ill-tempered parrot. Photo: Ron Wurzer/Seattle Post-Intelligence

Victims Get A Life Sentence

Shared DNA is Not a Reason to have a Relationship with a Monster

One night when she couldn’t sleep,?Mary Vincent?got out of bed and drew her face. Within an hour, her large, dark eyes were looking back at her, drawn in pencil and accompanied by handsome high cheekbones, firm jaw and generous mouth. She even drew the tiny dent on the tip of her nose.

Considering that she hadn’t drawn anything more demanding than a shopping list since childhood, her proficiency was remarkable, but not to her.

“I’ve always been good with my hands,” she said.

True — except she doesn’t have hands.

In a nation beset by violent crime, even the most spectacularly vicious acts often fade quickly from the public consciousness, as if some sort of collective repression simply buries images too ghastly to retain. Certain horrors, however, seize the imagination and provoke public outrage years after the hideous drama has been concluded.

Larry Singleton was convicted of raping 15-year-old Mary Vincent, hacking her forearms off, and leaving her for dead in a California canyon. It was an act so barbaric that it was never forgotten; when Singleton, was paroled he was hounded out of one community after another. Not one town would have him, and the outcry forced him to accept refuge within the walls of San Quentin Prison, where he remained for the duration of his parole.

Lawrence Singleton?s daughter didn?t want to believe her father was a monster, but the evidence was there and she said she had ?no doubt that he was guilty.? He had also physically attacked her as a teen so she knew first hand what his temper was like. She was 15 years old at the time of the crime.

The family of Singleton as well, and many others whose crimes become national and world news do have to face the public?s scorn.

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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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I have several ideas how to deal with false complainants and I?m sure you do too

Two stupid teenagers decided to claim they were kidnapped, and they’ve been caught out.

Two teenagers who claimed they were kidnapped from central Auckland were making the story up, police say.

Officers began investigating the kidnap claims when the 18- and 19-year-old females said they were abducted on Saturday morning after drinking at a bar.

They said they were bundled into the back of a car, stopped from screaming and driven to Green Lane before being let out of the vehicle.

However, after officers began to investigate the crime during the day, the pair amended their version of events, says Detective Sergeant Tony McKenzie.

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Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., 20-month-old son of the famous aviator and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was kidnapped about 9:00 p.m., on March 1, 1932, from the nursery on the second floor of the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, New Jersey.

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