‘the crime of the century’

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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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The copper-haired beauty from Philadelphia, who died in 1967, was the most sought-after model in the 20th century; an era when fashion photography as an advertising medium was just beginning its ascendancy

Murder at Madison Square Garden

Evelyn Nesbit ?- “The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing” -? was an artists’ model, Broadway chorus girl and the central figure in the nation?s first “Crime of the Century.” The trial that followed had everything — a shockingly public murder, unbelievable wealth, incredible beauty, power, influence, jealousy, insanity, sex, high society, show business and the ultimate battle between chivalrous good and unspeakable evil. And, in the end, nobody won.

The details presented at the trial were considered so vile and shocking that women were banned from the courtroom, and the U.S. District Attorney in New York threatened legal action against newspapers that printed details of the trial for violating federal law that prohibited sending “lewd, lascivious and obscene matter” through the mail.

And so, of course, readers couldn’t get enough.

The 1906 murder of Stanford White by Harry K. Thaw quickly became known as “The Crime of the Century” and Evelyn Nesbit became known as “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.” The shocking story and the lurid details which emerged from Thaw’s trial became a modern morality tale which informed the consciousnesses of early Twentieth Century America. Nesbit, Thaw and White enacted an archetypical tragedy of sex and violent death on a dark, urban stage. The story is a disturbing marriage of the breaking of ancient taboos and the anxiety of life in an ultimately unknowable city; a tale of innocence lost in a myriad of ways.

These events made a strong imprint on the American mind. The word brainstorm?originated as a description of Harry Thaw’s wild state of mind at the time of the murder. Stanford White, the once respectable victim, became a laughingstock, and his coy invitation to “Come up and see my etchings,” became a commonly repeated joke. And Evelyn Nesbit became famous for, among other things, “posing on a bear skin rug.”

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Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James.

Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James.

Racer by Day, Getaway Driver by Night

Roy James, the Great Train Robber

Roy “The Weasel” James was a true racing driver but to fund his habit he turned to a life of crime. In the swinging sixties, crime sometimes did pay…for motor racing. Like any other sport, motor racing can boast its share of shady individuals. Whispers and rumours are as far as it gets in many cases, but sometimes the facts are incontrovertible and occasionally sensational.

In the early nineteen sixties, Roy James was a promising young racing driver. He was also a criminal*. In 1963 he was the getaway driver for what was referred to as ?the crime of the century?- the Great Train Robbery that took place on August 8th, 1963.

He was a good racing driver and therefore an excellent getaway driver. When he took part in the Great Train Robbery, his intention was to use his share of the loot to finance a drive for himself in Formula One.

And he did have Formula One connections. This is why for many years, it was thought that the mastermind behind today?s F1 success was also the brains behind the train robbery.

James was sentenced to 30 years for his part in The Great Train Robbery, and spent 11 years in gaol for his part in The Great Train Robbery, and then, after 18 years of freedom which included an attempted racing comeback, went inside again for the attempted murder of his father-in-law. From a promising racer in Formula Junior, then F1’s training ground, he became instead a notorious double convict.

James didn’t smoke or drink and had a promising career as a racing driver, having won a series of trophies in 1963.

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