ON November 3, 1984, 17-year-old Lisa McVey was abducted in Florida by a notorious serial killer and rapist, Bobby Joe Long.
Lisa used reverse psychology against her kidnapper and convinced him to set her free, helping police take down Long.
Lisa McVey – now Lisa Noland – was 17 when she was abducted and raped by serial killer and rapist Bobby Joe Long[/caption]
Who was Lisa McVey’s grandmother?
At the age of 14, Lisa was ordered to move in with her grandmother by her drug-addict, alcoholic mother after she could no longer care for her.
However, while staying with her neglectful grandmother, Lisa was regularly sexually assaulted by her grandmother’s boyfriend.
The identity of Lisa’s grandmother and boyfriend have yet to be revealed.
After being rescued from Long, Lisa left her abusive home and moved into a runaway center.
At the age of 14, Lisa was ordered to move in with her grandmother[/caption]
The now 54-year-old now goes by Lisa Noland and lives in Hillsborough County, Florida, not far from where she was abducted.
She works as Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy specializing in sex crimes working to protect children for almost two decades.
Lisa also works as a school resource deputy and motivational speaker – using her story to empower victims.
Did BELIEVE Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey release on Netflix?
The movie first premiered on Lifetime in 2018 after it first screened at the same cinema in Tampa, Florida, where killer Joe Long was captured.
Interested viewers can subscribe to Lifetime Movie Club for $3.99 a month or can purchase the film on Prime Video, Vudu or Microsoft Store.
On June 1, it began streaming on Netflix in the UK but has not made it to Netflix in the US.
On June 1, BELIEVE Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey launched on Netflix in the UK, the movie has yet to begin streaming in the US[/caption]
What happened to Bobby Joe Long?
After Long let Lisa go, the then-17-year-old provided authorities with a brief description of her assailant and his car.
On November 16, 1984, Long was arrested at a movie theater not far from his Tampa home.
Long received 28 life sentences and was sentenced to death for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Denise Simms.
Long is accused of abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering at least 10 women in the Tampa Bay Area during an eight-month period in 1984.
Bobby Joe Long was arrested on November 16, 1984 at a movie theater not far from his Tampa home[/caption]
The serial killer murdered most of his victims by strangling them.
The extensive list of Long’s murder victims is as follows:
- Artiss Ann Wick, 20 – killed on March 27, 1984
- Ngeun Thi Long, 19 – killed on May 13, 1984
- Michelle Denise Simms, 22 – killed on May 27, 1984
- Linda Nuttall – assaulted in May 1984; survived
- Elizabeth Loudenback, 22 – killed on June 8, 1984
- Vicky Marie Elliott, 21 – killed on September 7, 1984
- Chanel Devoun Williams, 18 – killed on October 7, 1984
- Karen Beth Dinsfriend, 28 – killed on October 14, 1984
- Kimberly Kyle Hopps, 22 – killed on October 31, 1984
- Lisa McVey, 17 – assaulted on November 3, 1984; survived
- Virginia Lee Johnson, 18 – killed on November 6, 1984
- Kim Marie Swann, 21 – killed on November 11, 1984
Long was executed by lethal injection on May 23, 2019.
The execution was witnessed by Lisa, who sat in the front row. “I wanted to be the first person he saw,” she said.
At his execution, Lisa gave a powerful statement where she read the names of each victim aloud before “thanking him” for choosing her.
Lisa is the only victim the serial killer let go[/caption]
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“Bobby Joe Long, thank you,” she began. “Thank you for choosing me instead of another 17-year-old little girl. The reason why I say ‘thank you’ now is because I have forgiven you for what you have done to me.
“God has shown me the only way to really be free when someone bestows injustice against you is complete forgiveness.
“My life changed forever, and for the better. I chose not to remain a victim, I chose to live.”