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Errol Morris At DOC NYC: Tabloid and Truth

By November 8, 2010

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At DOC NYC's Sunday afternoon presentation of "In Conversation: Errol Morris," the Oscar-winning (The Fog of War, 2004) documentarian and inventor of the interrotron was questioned about his perception of truth and how he thinks truth is best presented in nonfiction film.

In response, Mr. Morris reiterated what he's said before elsewhere: "I don't believe truth is conveyed by style and presentation. I don't think that cinema verite is necessarily more truthful than other styles of documentary filmmaking. Because it's grainy and shot with a handheld camera, that doesn't make it more truthful. Truth and style in film are not one and the same. You can't just obey a set of set of documentary conventions and discover or present the truth. It doesn't work that way."

Referring to his 1988 film, The Thin Blue Line, which was rejected for Oscars consideration because it includes scripted reenactments that were deemed by the Academy to be too fiction-like, Mr. Morris pointed out that there had been several questionable versions of the circumstances surrounding the crime investigated in The Thin Blue Line -- specifically, the killing of a Texas police officer -- and that his job as a documentary filmmaker was and is to differentiate facts from versions of the truth, and present them in such a way that audiences can grasp the truth of what he's discovered.

According to Mr. Morris, although there are philosophical considerations about truth, including the out and out rejection of the notion of objective truth, there are facts. Plain, simple, irrefutable facts.

In that police killing investigated in The Thin Blue Line, for example, everyone acknowledged that there was a road in Dallas, where a police officer approached a stopped a vehicle that had one or more persons in it, and that that police officer was shot and killed.

Mr. Morris owned that his responsibility as a filmmaker was and is to investigate what happened around and in between those facts, and during the police investigation and the trial that put Randall Adams on Death Row -- and to present his findings in such a way that audiences could grasp what he had discovered and the truth therein.

"I didn't know how it was going to turn out," Mr. Morris said. "I didn't know that I had a film until I got that final interview."

" Actually, my camera had broken and I got that interview only on audio tape. What you couldn't see, because it was only recording audio, was that David Harris nodded, indicating his his guilt. Then, it didn't matter that you couldn't see it, because a while after that, he formally confessed." Mr. Morris said. "I think that finding and showing the truth in that case, in getting a wrongfully accused man cleared and out of prisonfreed from prison, which I did, is the thing I'm proudest of having accomplished in life -- after my marriage and family, that is."

Mr. Morris also spoke some about the complexity of discovering the truth in his latest film, Tabloid, the New York premiere of which was to be presented by DOC NYC several hours after this "Conversation."

In Tabloid, Mr. Morris, using his interrotron to full effect, but eschewing reenactments -- because, he said, he's so tired of being criticized for them -- takes a stab at revealing the truth behind another alleged crime, one that was covered widely and fully capitalized upon by two leading British tabloids. The case was so sensationalized and scandal-clad that parsing the facts from the fodder must have been challenging, indeed.

But, basically, it's the 1970s. A blond ex-beauty queen named Joyce McKinney and a Mormon man named Kirk Anderson become romantically engaged. Kirk's Mormon mother does not approve. Kirk leaves town, ostensibly on a Mormon mission. Joyce discovers Kirk is in England, and follows him. They reunite and spend three days alone in a cottage in Devon. Kirk accuses Joyce of kidnapping and raping him, and she is jailed.

The tabloids kick in with banner headlines. Joyce is released on bail, and leaves England. Kirk returns to Utah and marries a Mormon women. Joyce vows she will never stop loving him. And so it goes. Lots of facts -- that also happen to present very intriguing plot twists in this tabloid 'stranger than fiction' sequence of events that eventually ends up with a sequence about cloned dogs -- yes, fact -- but, no spoilers here, you'll have to see the movie to find out how the cloned dogs fit into this nonfiction story.

But, all of the facts -- perhaps with the exception of the cloned dogs, ironically -- are tightly wrapped up in several entangled and highly contradictory interpretations.

What an interesting challenge for a nonfiction filmmaker, and who better to meet that challenge than Errol Morris?

Using archival footage, photographic stills and clever, often amusing graphics to create connective tissue and counterpoint, Mr. Morris presents in up close and in your face interviews with several first person 'I was there' witnesses.

Kirk Anderson is missing -- we learn later that he's refused to participate -- but there are the two tabloid lead reporters who were assigned to squeeze the juice from the story, a Mormon man who comments on what Mormons typically think and do, and an airplane pilot ostensibly hired to help with the kidnapping and, most importantly, there's Joyce McKinney, now around 60 but still, as shown in the film, pretty, vivacious, sweetly sassy and amusing (when Mr. Morris, off camera, asked her whether she thinks you can rape a man, she looks directly into the interrotron and responds, "No, that would be like putting a marshmallow in parking meter," and the comment raises an outburst of laughter in the house).

Joyce seems to be a credible character. A little outlandish and flamboyant, perhaps, but believable. But the other witnesses give very different descriptions of her behavior, and there are some nude photos that don't quite match up with the way she presents herself and profiles her behavior. So, who do you believe? I suppose that depends on your own personal bent. And that, I suppose, is the point -- or one among many -- that Mr. Morris, from his own complex, sophisticated perspective, is making about truth, and the perception thereof, and the way in which perceptions are shaped by media. And, it works. Mr. Morris and his film do get you thinking.

Following the screening, Mr. Morris takes to the stage for a second time that day, again making himself available for as brief Q&A. Helming the session, DOC NYC's Artistic Director Thom Powers poses several questions that, again, seem to gravitate towards considerations of what is truth in filmmaking, and particularly in nonfiction filmmaking. Mr. Morris goes over some of the truth territory he covered earlier in the day. But the audience for the screening is quite a bit larger and of a different constituency than the one that attended the "Conversation," and Mr. Morris' comments are received with attentive appreciation, some laughter and a lot of applause.

There's suddenly a pause, and a woman's voice calls out from the audience, "What's Joyce up to now?" And that question is answered immediately by another emanating from the very back of the theater -- a female voice that is instantly recognizable as the voice that shouted "liar" loudly at the screen several times during the screening -- that declares, "Ask her. I'm right here."

Neither Mr. Morris nor Mr. Powers summon Joyce McKinney to the stage, but the audience is all but chanting for her to appear.

Accompanied by a large black cloned dog on a leash, Joyce, looking somewhat older than she does in the film and clad in a hot pink dress, makes her way slowly, almost painfully, down the steep aisle from the back of NYU's Skirball Auditorium to the proscenium, and climbs up a short flight of stairs to join Errol Morris and Thom Powers on stage. The audience applause dies down and she, having taken the microphone from Thom Powers, begins to speak -- lambasting the film!

First off, she admonishes at length that the film neglected to show how the Mormon Church brainwashes its members and ruins lives. Then she says she objects to the use of nude photos of her in the film, which she finds terribly embarsssing, and claims that she never posed nude and that the nude photos of her are faked composite shots.

A shock wave ripples through the audience when she accuses Errol Morris' producer, Mark Lipson, of having ransacked her suitcase and stolen photos of her, and used them in the film without her permission. She goes on to say that she has never met the men who are interviewed in the film about her behavior.

Her comments converge into a sort of rant. This is a very different Joyce than the one we've seen in the film. She seems as delusional as Grey Gardens' Edie Beale who spoke into the Maysles' cinema verite camera in a way that's remarkably similar to how Joyce addresses Errol Morris' interrotron -- except that with Edie, we see in additional fly-on-the-wall footage that she's living in a strange, off kilter mental realm, while with Joyce we get a glimmer of daftness, but nothing of delusions.

This is a shocker. Nobody knows quite what to do. A few people walk out of the theater, but most are frozen in their seats. On stage, Joyce talks right through Thom Powers' polite announcement that we must all now leave the theater so it can be prepared for the next screening. Joyce insists that she needs to have story told -- her real story.

Raphaela Neilhausen, DOC NYC's Executive Director, sitting in the first row of the auditorium, suggests to Joyce that she finish her book, and Joyce veers off into talking about how all of her documents were stolen so she can't use them for her book, but maybe she could finish it anyway. And more of the same, until Thom Powers says that it's time to take the dog outside because it seems to be about to dirty the stage.

Powers' comment seems to break the spell. Some people laugh. Most rise from their seats and exit, with murmers of 'oh my God' beneath their breath. This has been a true documentary moment, but how is it to be interpreted?

The episode fuels concerns about truth in nonfiction filmmaking -- even calling into question one's own perceptions about the truth as presented in Tabloid. Did Mr. Morris look deeply enough into Joyce's psyche before inviting us to witness her on screen? Did he limit our access to and impressions of Joyce to her first person storytelling and analysis because that would make for a richer element of suspense in his cinematic story?

The number of interpretations of the incident is probably equal to the number of seats in the sold-out house -- except, perhaps, for Joyce's interpretation, which may or may not be grounded in fact.

On the way out, I happen to overhear -- and I guess this is roughly equivalent to that last interview that convinced Mr. Morris that he had a film in The Thin Blue Line, albeit without the same impact that the nodded confession ultimately had on the iconic sequence of events shown in that film -- two filmmakers discussing John Anderson's interesting New York Times article, published that day, in which Mr. Morris is among other documentary filmmakers interviewed about their ongoing relationships -- characterized as frought, for the most part -- with the people who appear in their films. Mr Anderson writes:

"Perhaps the most notorious illustration of the fraught relationship came in the aftermath of Errol Morris's celebrated Thin Blue Line (1988): Randall Dale Adams, convicted of murdering a police officer, was freed from death row after revelations of prosecutorial malfeasance uncovered by Mr. Morris's film. Soon after his release, however, Mr. Adams sued the filmmaker over just who controlled the rights to tell his tale. "Mr. Morris felt he had the exclusive rights to my life story," Mr. Adams said at the time. "I did not sue Errol Morris for any money or any percentages of The Thin Blue Line, though the media portrayed it that way."

Mr. Morris portrays it exactly that way. "He believed I was making a lot of money on The Thin Blue Line," Mr. Morris said. "My answer was, 'You obviously never met Harvey and Bob Weinstein,''" the film's distributors. (Mr. Morris and Mr. Adams settled out of court.)"

And, later, Mr. Anderson writes: "Mr. Morris said remaining connected is not, for him, a matter of moral responsibility. "In many cases I'm still interested in them," he said of his subjects, who have included former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara (The Fog of War), who died in 2009, and the electric-chair innovator Fred A. Leuchter Jr. (Mr. Death). He's not in touch with Mr. Adams."

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens with Ms. McKinney, and what truth shakes out of Tabloid. Meanwhile, you can see the Q&A episode for yourself on YouTube.

(PHOTO: Errol Morris, filmmaker. Courtesy Fourth Floor Productions.)

Comments

November 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(1) Lucas Carey says:

I also attended the NY premiere of “Tabloid” and witnessed the force that was Joyce McKinney invade the stage, and in the spirit of Errol Morris’s undying search for the truth, I thought I should correct some of the more obvious errors of the writer.

(1) Written: “There’s suddenly a pause, and a woman’s voice calls out from the audience, ‘What does Joyce think of the film?’”

Reality: The woman actually called out, “How is Joyce doing these days?”

(2) Written: “Neither Mr. Morris nor Mr. Powers summon Joyce McKinney to the stage, but the audience is all but chanting for her to appear.”

Reality: Errol, even before the audience began cheering for her to appear on stage, invites Joyce on stage and jokes, “We’ve been saving this surprise all along.”

November 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(2) Lucas Carey says:

(3) Written: “…she accuses Errol Morris’ producer, Mark Lipson, of having broken into her house and stolen photos of her, and used them in the film without her permission.”

Reality: Joyce said that during a meeting, Mark Lipson looked through her suitcase and took some photos without her permission. There was never anything said about breaking into her home.

(4) Written: “She goes on to say that she has never met the men who are interviewed in the film about her behavior.”

Reality: Joyce said that she had never met two (of the five) men in the film, and she thought it unfair that they should have a say in “the story of her life.” These men were Kent Gavin, a photographer for the Daily Mirror, and Troy Williams, an ex-Mormon missionary. It makes sense that she would have never met them though, as the former simply covered her as a journalistic subject back in the ’70s and the latter was only used as an expert of Mormon missionaries.

November 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(3) Lucas Carey says:

(5) Written: “This is a very different Joyce than the one we’ve seen in the film…[in the film] we get a glimmer of daftness, but nothing of delusions.”

Reality: The entire film is a testament to the delusions of Joyce McKinney; it vividly conveys her self-obsession, Kirk-obsession, and fame-obsession. If she had done anything less than perform a fantastic monologue on that stage, she wouldn’t have lived up to the larger-than-life character in “Tabloid.”

These are just some of the more egregious mistakes in reporting that were made–inaccuracies that paint the picture of the premiere very differently than it really was. And really, when it comes to documenting the experience of a documentary’s premiere, what could be more important than the “plain, simple, irrefutable facts”?

November 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm
(4) Steven Lippman says:

I was not at the screening so I cannot attest to the accuracy of reporting, but can assuredly say it was not Frederick Wiseman who Edie Beale spoke to. “Grey Gardens” was directed by Albert and David Maysles, It was David Maysles who Edie famously addressed on-camera, and in the finished film.

November 13, 2010 at 3:16 am
(5) truthteller says:

From Truthteller (Part One)….Jennifer….Consider this fair warning that many of the comments in your article are false, libelous and defamatory. Unless they are corrected, this article will be turned over to Miss McKinney’s internet libel attornies and you will be sued and legal action taken against you. It is fortunate for Joyce that the perceptive Mr. Carey picked up many of your “reporting ” inaccuracies. Two of the most obvious slanderous comments you make are that she “followed” and “kidnapped ” a man who is 300 pounds and 6’5. (In the seventies, Joyce was a gorgeous 112 pound model and beauty queen and Kirk Anderson was a lonely overweight man who worked at Taco Bell, when they met in Utah. And HE chased HER her down the road. In fact he followed the beauty after he saw her with her long blonde hair, going down the road in her orange Corvette to Frosty’s Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street in Provo. Get it Jennifer? HE followed HER, and pulled in beside her to flirt! In actual fact, the “obsessed” and “followed” wording in many news clips comes from the Mormons and their tabloid press hoax. Joyce resents ignorant or tabloid influenced people like you saying or that SHE followed him, and that is the false impression you give to your unknowing readers. Secondly, you slander her by calling her “delusional”. It is YOU who are ignorant of the facts of her story because YOU were influenced by the LIBELOUS material Morris presented in his crummy Porno Doc. IF he had done the story straight and honestly and as an investigative piece, AS JOYCE WAS PROMISED BY HIS ASSISTANT AJAE CLEARWAY BEFORE SHE GAVE HIM THE INTERVIEW, then and ONLY then would the film have been “factual”. Instead, he butchered her interview, deliberately making her appear crazy with words

November 13, 2010 at 3:59 am
(6) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Two, continued)
…stamped across her face, and he tried to hold her up to public ridicule by making her look stupid. (She is highly intelligent and her IQ is 168. What is YOURS, Jennifer?) You like Morris try to make her appear “crazy”. Yet she is not, and never has been, under psychiatric care, in spite of the 33 year Horror she has gone through–which shows stability, and NOT delusion. Yet you slander and libel her by calling her delusional, one might ask: Are YOU a psychologist Jennifer? What degrees in Psychology do you have? As an amateur writer, or whatever you present yourself to be, we might ask, do you lack the intelligence and HONESTY to figure out The Truth of her story all simply because you misjudge her? NOT because of the true events that happened in 1977, but because of the goofs, omissions, and commissions by Morris and his “documentary”, –which should really be called a “MOCKumentary”. Because a DOCumentary is supposed to be based on FACTS. Two of the men he interviewed who pretend to tell The Joyce McKinney story, had never even met Joyce McKinney, much less been in the bedroom of Joyce McKinney and her former fiance! And Morris certainly had no right to ask THEM to tell her story. Moreover, this fine gentle lady deserved much more respect than what money hungry Morris gave her in the film. Joyce has intentionally stayed AWAY from the Kidnap-rape story-telling people for years, and IF her TRUE story was ever told, she wanted to do a FACTUAL version of the story [A CULT RESCUE] rather than the “kidnap-rape” Mormon sourced tabloid press hoax version, Moreover, Joyce for 33 years has avoided signing any contracts with anyone she thought might do a “kidnap-rape tabloid version, since she was NEVER EVEN CHARGED WITH RAPE. Had you done your research Jennifer, you would have learned that in 1977, according to Halsbury’s

November 13, 2010 at 3:59 am
(7) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Two, continued)
…stamped across her face, and he tried to hold her up to public ridicule by making her look stupid. (She is highly intelligent and her IQ is 168. What is YOURS, Jennifer?) You like Morris try to make her appear “crazy”. Yet she is not, and never has been, under psychiatric care, in spite of the 33 year Horror she has gone through–which shows stability, and NOT delusion. Yet you slander and libel her by calling her delusional, one might ask: Are YOU a psychologist Jennifer? What degrees in Psychology do you have? As an amateur writer, or whatever you present yourself to be, we might ask, do you lack the intelligence and HONESTY to figure out The Truth of her story all simply because you misjudge her? NOT because of the true events that happened in 1977, but because of the goofs, omissions, and commissions by Morris and his “documentary”, –which should really be called a “MOCKumentary”. Because a DOCumentary is supposed to be based on FACTS. Two of the men he interviewed who pretend to tell The Joyce McKinney story, had never even met Joyce McKinney, much less been in the bedroom of Joyce McKinney and her former fiance! And Morris certainly had no right to ask THEM to tell her story. Moreover, this fine gentle lady deserved much more respect than what money hungry Morris gave her in the film. Joyce has intentionally stayed AWAY from the Kidnap-rape story-telling people for years, and IF her TRUE story was ever told, she wanted to do a FACTUAL version of the story [A CULT RESCUE] rather than the “kidnap-rape” Mormon sourced tabloid press hoax version, Moreover, Joyce for 33 years has avoided signing any contracts with anyone she thought might do a “kidnap-rape tabloid version, since she was NEVER EVEN CHARGED WITH RAPE. Had you done your research Jennifer, you would have learned that in 1977, according to Halsbury’s

November 13, 2010 at 5:06 am
(8) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Three, continued)
…Statutes: “A WOMAN CANNOT BE CHARGED IN ENGLAND WITH RAPING A MAN.” Joyce was offered millions of dollars by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccioni to tell her story, and turned it down because she wanted only the Truth of her sacred Love to be told. She did not want it to be ridiculed and Kirk was the same way. He knew in his heart of hearts that he was NOT kidnapped in England, and Jennifer he did not push for any charges, the Mormon CULT pushed for the charges –to silence an outspoken dissident and to save their multi-million dollar
Mormon Missionary Image which nets them millions yearly. And Joyce was NOT charged with kidnap and rape. She was WRONGFULLY charged with “carrying away one Kirk Anderson” which was kind of funny since he weighed 300 pounds and the petite little 112 pound blonde could hardly even lift his leg! Because Morris failed to include the KEY ELEMENT in the story, [A VITAL COURT DOCUMENT OF A 1977 PHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN HER AND KIRK IN WHICH HE STATES THAT HE WAS IN MANY PUBLIC PLACES WITH HER, having lunch at the crowded Hard Rock Cafe, during the period in which the Mormons called him "kidnapped"], is where the problem comes in. If Morris HAD included this in his film, then you Jennifer, and others, would have known the Truth! Instead, because he left this vital segment out: a transcript of the two lovers tape recorded phone call, where the conniving Mormons illegally TAPPED their phone conversation, using it to FIND her, and have the terrified young woman falsely arrested. Mr. Carey is much more intelligent and introspective than you Jennifer, and he does quite well in reporting what was ACTUALLY SAID in New York at the New York premiere of “Tabloid”. Proof that MR. CAREY is correct, and not YOU, Jennifer, is in the videotaped segment of Joyce onstage with Morris. The only thing NOT

November 13, 2010 at 5:06 am
(9) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Three, continued)
…Statutes: “A WOMAN CANNOT BE CHARGED IN ENGLAND WITH RAPING A MAN.” Joyce was offered millions of dollars by Penthouse publisher Bob Guccioni to tell her story, and turned it down because she wanted only the Truth of her sacred Love to be told. She did not want it to be ridiculed and Kirk was the same way. He knew in his heart of hearts that he was NOT kidnapped in England, and Jennifer he did not push for any charges, the Mormon CULT pushed for the charges –to silence an outspoken dissident and to save their multi-million dollar
Mormon Missionary Image which nets them millions yearly. And Joyce was NOT charged with kidnap and rape. She was WRONGFULLY charged with “carrying away one Kirk Anderson” which was kind of funny since he weighed 300 pounds and the petite little 112 pound blonde could hardly even lift his leg! Because Morris failed to include the KEY ELEMENT in the story, [A VITAL COURT DOCUMENT OF A 1977 PHONE CONVERSATION BETWEEN HER AND KIRK IN WHICH HE STATES THAT HE WAS IN MANY PUBLIC PLACES WITH HER, having lunch at the crowded Hard Rock Cafe, during the period in which the Mormons called him "kidnapped"], is where the problem comes in. If Morris HAD included this in his film, then you Jennifer, and others, would have known the Truth! Instead, because he left this vital segment out: a transcript of the two lovers tape recorded phone call, where the conniving Mormons illegally TAPPED their phone conversation, using it to FIND her, and have the terrified young woman falsely arrested. Mr. Carey is much more intelligent and introspective than you Jennifer, and he does quite well in reporting what was ACTUALLY SAID in New York at the New York premiere of “Tabloid”. Proof that MR. CAREY is correct, and not YOU, Jennifer, is in the videotaped segment of Joyce onstage with Morris. The only thing NOT

November 13, 2010 at 5:34 am
(10) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Four, continued)
…accurate about Mr. Carey’s wording, is the misuse of the word ‘Obsession”. The reporters who slander her with fabricated stories and chase her for 33 years, ARE obsessed. The Mormons, who also say they are in progression to godhood and blindly follow false prophets and polygamists Brigham Young and Joe Smith are obsessed. But Joyce McKinney is NOT obsessed–OR delusional. The fact that she can sail through a lie detector test and WOW a sophisticated New York audience is proof of that! And by the way, you also neglected to tell your readers that she got a STANDING OVATION. Where is the romance in your soul, Jennifer, and where is the Truth in your heart? Maybe since you do it so poorly and so inaccurately you should try another field besides writing (or attempting to write). Due to your slander and libel of Joyce McKinney, you may one day find yourself in a court of law, for a libel action yourself, or else subpoenaed as part of a libel action by Joyce against Lipson and Morris, as an illustration of how ignorant people believe and spread the libelous material in the film –which causes her and her family extreme emotional distress and heartache. Her 81 year old religious mother went into shock and had to be hospitalized when this trashy film came out, and Morris and Lipson could have cared less. What he did was to RESURRECT the tabloid horror because of sheer greed, not as a search for

November 13, 2010 at 5:53 am
(11) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Five, continued)
…Truth. The only mistake JOYCE made, was in trusting Morris. She previously thought of him as an intellectual sort, capable of doing a deep piece about a cult which has destroyed the lives and souls of thousands of people, which preaches of its quest for a New World Order when its leaders “take the reins of the US government” and establish their own theocracy, which is involved in human right abuses against minority groups, which has unbiblical doctrine and its own scriptures, and which has the wealth and media power to effect a worldwide PRESS HOAX to destroy anyone courageous enough to oppose them, such as an Erin Brockovich type gal like Joyce. Go see the film THE GODMAKERS Jennifer, if you want to learn about the Mormon cult and gets some TRUTHFUL background on Joyce’s story and her struggle. The cult, with its PR teams and spin doctors were skillfully able to effect a worldwide PRESS HOAX, as the tape telephone conversation between Joyce and Kirk clearly illustrates. Why was the phone conversation–proof of Joyce’s innocence and the Mormon cult’s guilt–omited in Morris film?

November 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm
(12) Lucas Carey says:

Okay, so this commenter “truthteller” is clearly Joyce McKinney herself; who else would write all that?

Hi, Joyce! You’re awesome!

November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(13) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Six, continued)…We might close by saying
that Morris “assistants” were very deceptive with Joyce as they told her that Morris “believed in her innocence” and “wanted to clear her name” and that she would finally be given an opportunity to speak and that NO tabloids would be involved, especially the one rag mag who had paid a false friend to break into her home to steal pictures, and who then was smuggled out to Mexico to avoid arrest for breaking and entering. Also, keep in mind that Morris obtained the pictures he used in his “documentary” through deception. While he interviewed Joyce on camera and kept her busy, Lipson ransacked her luggage and STOLE and scanned her treasured memorabilia collection of photos which she had planned on using for her book, as well as two film treatments she had written her self and home videos and photo albums belonging to her parents which Lipson did NOT have permission to use, especially in a film which the McKinney’s (who are devout Christians), consider pornographic by their own family standards! To be forced to be put into a film which one considers pornographic under false pretenses, is unthinkable. Joyce was told they were doing an short interview
for Showtime Network on “people whose lives were destroyed by tabloids”. It had taken her 33 years to heal from the Pain

November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(14) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Six, continued)…We might close by saying
that Morris “assistants” were very deceptive with Joyce as they told her that Morris “believed in her innocence” and “wanted to clear her name” and that she would finally be given an opportunity to speak and that NO tabloids would be involved, especially the one rag mag who had paid a false friend to break into her home to steal pictures, and who then was smuggled out to Mexico to avoid arrest for breaking and entering. Also, keep in mind that Morris obtained the pictures he used in his “documentary” through deception. While he interviewed Joyce on camera and kept her busy, Lipson ransacked her luggage and STOLE and scanned her treasured memorabilia collection of photos which she had planned on using for her book, as well as two film treatments she had written her self and home videos and photo albums belonging to her parents which Lipson did NOT have permission to use, especially in a film which the McKinney’s (who are devout Christians), consider pornographic by their own family standards! To be forced to be put into a film which one considers pornographic under false pretenses, is unthinkable. Joyce was told they were doing an short interview
for Showtime Network on “people whose lives were destroyed by tabloids”. It had taken her 33 years to heal from the Pain

November 14, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(15) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Six, continued)…We might close by saying
that Morris “assistants” were very deceptive with Joyce as they told her that Morris “believed in her innocence” and “wanted to clear her name” and that she would finally be given an opportunity to speak and that NO tabloids would be involved, especially the one rag mag who had paid a false friend to break into her home to steal pictures, and who then was smuggled out to Mexico to avoid arrest for breaking and entering. Also, keep in mind that Morris obtained the pictures he used in his “documentary” through deception. While he interviewed Joyce on camera and kept her busy, Lipson ransacked her luggage and STOLE and scanned her treasured memorabilia collection of photos which she had planned on using for her book, as well as two film treatments she had written her self and home videos and photo albums belonging to her parents which Lipson did NOT have permission to use, especially in a film which the McKinney’s (who are devout Christians), consider pornographic by their own family standards! To be forced to be put into a film which one considers pornographic under false pretenses, is unthinkable. Joyce was told they were doing an short interview
for Showtime Network on “people whose lives were destroyed by tabloids”. It had taken her 33 years to heal from the Pain

November 14, 2010 at 11:55 pm
(16) truthteller says:

(truthteller –Part Seven)
…and now Morris Film has poured salt on an old wound. Morris and his cronies knew that Joyce would never consent to an interview if they admitted they were doing the LIBELOUS TABLOID VERSION of the story, so they LIED to her to get footage and pretend to be from Showtime.

November 15, 2010 at 12:07 am
(17) truthteller says:

(truthteller–Part Seven)

November 15, 2010 at 2:11 am
(18) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Eight)
I am truthteller #2 and I just wanted to add something to what truthteller #1 said , in that I have known Joyce personally for many years and she has been terribly traumatized by Morris’ perverted film. That Clearway woman–Morris’ pal– pretended to befriend her, took her to dinner and got her hair done, played the big sister and told her that Errol believed she was innocent and wanted to clear her name–OR JOYCE WOULD NEVER GIVEN THEM AN INTERVIEW. Joyce, by nature is a trusting person–too trusting, in fact. She had waited for 33 years for someone who would INVESTIGATE and tell THE TRUTH. What a disappointment Morris was to her! Clearway told her they would expose the FACTS behind the libelous headlines, but Morris did NOT do that. He simply did not have enough debth and almost completely glossed over the MAJOR point: that the incident in 1977 England was a CULT RESCUE. Morris simply resurrected and re-hashed the old Mormon sourced slander story that she kidnapped and raped a man who in real life is 300 pounds. Brainwashing and mind control is a very SERIOUS topic, and a big part of this story, yet Morris interviewed only one ex cult member and should have gone into detail and interviewed many deprogrammed ex cult members
team’s guilt [in disseminating the phony kidnap-rape hoax using their media connections with papers they were connected with, who in turn had connections with wire services around the world. Thus, poor Joyce was helpless, her Christian reputation destroyed.]

November 15, 2010 at 2:11 am
(19) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Eight)
I am truthteller #2 and I just wanted to add something to what truthteller #1 said , in that I have known Joyce personally for many years and she has been terribly traumatized by Morris’ perverted film. That Clearway woman–Morris’ pal– pretended to befriend her, took her to dinner and got her hair done, played the big sister and told her that Errol believed she was innocent and wanted to clear her name–OR JOYCE WOULD NEVER GIVEN THEM AN INTERVIEW. Joyce, by nature is a trusting person–too trusting, in fact. She had waited for 33 years for someone who would INVESTIGATE and tell THE TRUTH. What a disappointment Morris was to her! Clearway told her they would expose the FACTS behind the libelous headlines, but Morris did NOT do that. He simply did not have enough debth and almost completely glossed over the MAJOR point: that the incident in 1977 England was a CULT RESCUE. Morris simply resurrected and re-hashed the old Mormon sourced slander story that she kidnapped and raped a man who in real life is 300 pounds. Brainwashing and mind control is a very SERIOUS topic, and a big part of this story, yet Morris interviewed only one ex cult member and should have gone into detail and interviewed many deprogrammed ex cult members
team’s guilt [in disseminating the phony kidnap-rape hoax using their media connections with papers they were connected with, who in turn had connections with wire services around the world. Thus, poor Joyce was helpless, her Christian reputation destroyed.]

November 15, 2010 at 2:11 am
(20) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Eight)
I am truthteller #2 and I just wanted to add something to what truthteller #1 said , in that I have known Joyce personally for many years and she has been terribly traumatized by Morris’ perverted film. That Clearway woman–Morris’ pal– pretended to befriend her, took her to dinner and got her hair done, played the big sister and told her that Errol believed she was innocent and wanted to clear her name–OR JOYCE WOULD NEVER GIVEN THEM AN INTERVIEW. Joyce, by nature is a trusting person–too trusting, in fact. She had waited for 33 years for someone who would INVESTIGATE and tell THE TRUTH. What a disappointment Morris was to her! Clearway told her they would expose the FACTS behind the libelous headlines, but Morris did NOT do that. He simply did not have enough debth and almost completely glossed over the MAJOR point: that the incident in 1977 England was a CULT RESCUE. Morris simply resurrected and re-hashed the old Mormon sourced slander story that she kidnapped and raped a man who in real life is 300 pounds. Brainwashing and mind control is a very SERIOUS topic, and a big part of this story, yet Morris interviewed only one ex cult member and should have gone into detail and interviewed many deprogrammed ex cult members
team’s guilt [in disseminating the phony kidnap-rape hoax using their media connections with papers they were connected with, who in turn had connections with wire services around the world. Thus, poor Joyce was helpless, her Christian reputation destroyed.]

November 15, 2010 at 2:11 am
(21) truthteller says:

(Truthteller–Part Eight)
I am truthteller #2 and I just wanted to add something to what truthteller #1 said , in that I have known Joyce personally for many years and she has been terribly traumatized by Morris’ perverted film. That Clearway woman–Morris’ pal– pretended to befriend her, took her to dinner and got her hair done, played the big sister and told her that Errol believed she was innocent and wanted to clear her name–OR JOYCE WOULD NEVER GIVEN THEM AN INTERVIEW. Joyce, by nature is a trusting person–too trusting, in fact. She had waited for 33 years for someone who would INVESTIGATE and tell THE TRUTH. What a disappointment Morris was to her! Clearway told her they would expose the FACTS behind the libelous headlines, but Morris did NOT do that. He simply did not have enough debth and almost completely glossed over the MAJOR point: that the incident in 1977 England was a CULT RESCUE. Morris simply resurrected and re-hashed the old Mormon sourced slander story that she kidnapped and raped a man who in real life is 300 pounds. Brainwashing and mind control is a very SERIOUS topic, and a big part of this story, yet Morris interviewed only one ex cult member and should have gone into detail and interviewed many deprogrammed ex cult members
team’s guilt [in disseminating the phony kidnap-rape hoax using their media connections with papers they were connected with, who in turn had connections with wire services around the world. Thus, poor Joyce was helpless, her Christian reputation destroyed.]

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