Former Las Vegas call girl will share survival story

Tonight at Maranatha Church in Wyoming

Jane McCormick (known at the time as Jane Harvey) holds a cue card on stage with members of the “Rat Pack” at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas during the 1960s. Left to right are Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop. (Photo submitted)

Rachel Kytonen
Editor-Isanti County News

She was beaten, raped and left to die in a Las Vegas desert, but she survived.

Now she is sharing her story to help other young women avoid going into prostitution and educate the public about abused women.

Jane McCormick, once known as Jane Harvey, was a ‘high class call girl’ who worked for members of the “Rat Pack,” during the 1960s in Las Vegas.

McCormick has recently written a memoir together with friend Patti Wicklund about the bold truth of her abusive childhood, rape, prostitution and inside stories as a high class call girl during the 1960s.

“Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex-Trade Survivor” is a memoir that not only reveals her 1960s liaisons with the “Rat Pack” (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin), it also details McCormick’s molestation by an abusive father and the too-young marriage that led to her addiction to the big money of high-roller prostitution in Las Vegas.

“I was beaten, raped, my leg has been broke, my neck has been broke, I’ve been shot at twice and left in the desert,” McCormick said in a recent interview. “I was like a freelancer in the casinos. I was introduced by the owners and pit bosses of the casinos. After being in Las Vegas for three months, everyone knew me.”

Jane McCormick (seated) and Patti Wicklund, authors of “Breaking My Silence: Confessions of a Rat Pack Party Girl and Sex-Trade Survivor.” (Photo by Rachel Kytonen)

McCormick will be the featured speaker at The Refuge Network’s fourth annual 2012 Women’s Gathering Expo on Thursday, May 17, from 4-8 p.m. at Maranatha Church, 24799 Forest Blvd., Wyoming.

Tickets are $15 in advance by calling 763-689-3532 or $20 at the door. Besides McCormick’s presentation, there will be food catered by Susan’s Custom Catering, live demonstrations on yoga, self defense and gardening, booths, silent auction, raffles and a bake sale.

The Refuge Network is a multi-community organization whose primary purpose is to provide supportive services for people who are currently involved or have been involved in an abusive relationship. The Refuge Network believes that no one deserves to be abused and therefore seeks to bring an end to domestic violence. Since 1986, The Refuge Network’s mission has been to help bring an end to domestic violence by providing supportive, non-judgmental services.

The Story

McCormick, who had her first child when she was 15 and second at 17, met her first husband in the Navy. He ended up cheating on her and leaving her alone with their two children who were 3 months old and 2 years old at the time.

Unable to pay her babysitter, and unable to work because she didn’t have a babysitter, McCormick was locked out of her apartment with none of her possessions.

With her mom away dating a married man, and her brother serving in the military overseas, McCormick didn’t know what to do.

“I grabbed my babies and walked the seven or eight blocks to a local church,” McCormick said. “The church was locked. I fell to the steps and thought this is the end of me and my babies.”

McCormick decided to give her children to her mother-in-law and ended up in Las Vegas after meeting a man who told her she could make a lot of money as a call girl.

“I needed money for a lawyer so I could get a divorce and get my babies back,” McCormick said. “I went to Las Vegas with this guy who said I could make a lot of money. I didn’t have any other options.”

McCormick became a regular at the most ritzy casinos in Las Vegas and become rich from her liaisons with many men, including The Rat Pack. She said Frank Sinatra was a long time client of hers.

She Survived

But after some time, McCormick found the strength to leave the high-rolling lifestyle of Las Vegas and is now dedicated to helping women decide not to enter prostitution.

“I was on the street with my kids and was raped and shot at, but I survived,” McCormick said. “Today I’m a survivor. And if I didn’t write the book, I would have probably ended up in the nut house.”

McCormick, 71, lives in White Bear Lake, and has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She started a successful housecleaning business with Wicklund but has given up the business.

Since 2007, McCormick has been interviewing on radio shows all across the United States to teach the public about how they can join together in protecting loved ones from human trafficking, prostitution and domestic violence. Some who have attended her presentation include members of the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, psychologists, high school teens and health care professionals.

McCormick and Wicklund are now focused on producing a local cable access show called “Breaking my Silence: A Minnesota View.” The show will highlight women who have overcome hardships and organizations who support struggling women.

“I’m just trying to help other women so they don’t make the same mistakes I did,” McCormick said.

More information on Jane McCormick and her memoir can be found at www.breakingmysilence.net.

More information on The Refuge Network can be found at www.therefugenetwork.org or by calling 763-689-3532. The 24-hour crisis hotline is 800-338-SAFE.

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