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The miraculous rebirth of Booger the pit bull has been overshadowed by a row over the identity of the cloned dog’s owner.

Bernann McKinney, the American woman who paid Korean scientists $50,000 for five copies of Booger created from cells from the deceased dog’s ear, has been forced to deny that she is better known as Joyce McKinney, the "Sex in Chains" beauty queen who kidnapped a Mormon missionary in Surrey over 30 years ago.

For those whose knowledge of news stretches back no further than the launch of Eudora, Joyce McKinney was the former Miss Wyoming who was accused in 1977 of stalking Kirk Anderson, young Mormon Missionary, all the way from Utah to Ewell in Surrey, before kidnapping him and spiriting him away to a cottage in Dorset. There, she allegedly chained him to a bed and forced herself upon him - three times - while wearing a see-through negligee. (Her, not him. He was apparently wearing a Mormon chastity garment, and presumably a pained expression.)

The object of Joyce McKinney’s affections eventually escaped her mink-lined handcuffs. She and an accomplice were charged with kidnapping, but she insisted it was consensual. Joyce escaped the UK using a false passport and disguised as a member of a mime troupe, but not before declaring in court that her love for the mink-restrained Mormon was such that: “I’d ski naked down Mount Everest with a carnation up my nose if he asked me.”

Fast forward 25 years, and Booger's mommy Bernann McKinney is reported to come from the same North Carolina town as her chain-wielding namesake, and to share the same social security number. Bernann, who describes herself as being from Hollywood, also bears a startling resemblance to the errant Pageant Princess, though in an age where you can grow five puppies from a dog's ear, this doesn't prove anything.

Bernann has given suggestions that she and Joyce are one and the same short shrift, telling a TV interviewer: “That’s garbage, that’s rot.” She gave similar answers to a columnist from the Salt Lake Tribune and the Daily Mail.

Sadly, the British authorities never pursued the extradition of McKinney. However, we think the twin needs of justice and the summer silly season would be well served if the UK struck a extradition deal with the US, whereby we keep Gary McKinnon but they send McKinney across the Atlantic to oversee his imprisonment. ®

Bootnote

If the whole story sounds bizarre now, remember this was Britain in the 1970s. The whole saga provided a welcome relief from celebrating QEII being on the throne for 25 years, or agonising over whether to throw out your paltry trouser collection because the Sex Pistols had rendered flares passé. This Reg writer for one can date his tabloid tendencies, amongst others, down to this one case.

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