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Who Is Bobby Joe Long And How Long Was He On Death Row?

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Who Is Bobby Joe Long And How Long Was He On Death Row?

You might have heard about or even watched the hot new true crime documentary on Netflix at the moment, which tells the true story of Lisa McVey, who was kidnapped by Bobby Joe Long.

Warning: This article contains content that some readers may find distressing and/or triggering.

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The notorious serial killer raped and murdered at least ten women in the Tampa Bay area of Florida in 1984 and committed numerous rapes before then.

One of his victims, Lisa McVey, was lucky enough to escape and tell the tale, leading police to his capture.

Where was Bobby Joe Long born?

He was born as Robert Joseph Long on 14th October 1953, in Kenova, West Virginia, but spent most of his childhood with his mother in Florida.

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Bobby Joe Long
Bobby Joe Long

Long had an unconventional childhood. Several sources report that Long's hatred for women developed early on in life, starting with his mother. She would go to work in bars scantily clad and bring home different men. Long shared a bed with his mother until he was about 13 years old.

Long was also bullied and he failed the first grade. He was also injured in a couple of accidents.

Bobby Joe Long's wife and children

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Long was married to his childhood sweetheart, Cindy Brown, between 1974-1980. They had two children.

Cindy Brown talks about violent ex-husband Bobby Joe Long (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)
Cindy Brown talks about violent ex-husband Bobby Joe Long (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)

In the interview with the publication, she recalls the beating when her head was slammed into the TV and she was knocked unconscious.

Bobby Joe Long children (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)
Bobby Joe Long children (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)
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"'I'll never do it again. I'm so sorry.' [Long said] Then the next words were, 'When you [Cindy] drive yourself to get your stitches, if you tell them what really happened, I'll kill you when you get home,'" Cindy said.

Cindy Brown and Bobby Joe Long got married in 1974 (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)
Cindy Brown and Bobby Joe Long got married in 1974 (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)

When Cindy divorced Long in 1980, he went on a raping spree, which later progressed to murder.

Sexual sadist

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Long was involved in a bad motorcycle accident not long after he married Cindy and he was hospitalised for several weeks. According to Crime Watch Daily, he wasn't the same after that.

Cindy claimed he had always been short-tempered, but after the accident, he turned physically violent and also had an impulsive and violent sex drive.

Criminal psychologists would later call Long a sexual sadist because of this compulsion.

Bobby Joe Long early crimes

After the split from Cindy in 1980, Long moved in with a female friend, Sharon Richards, who later accused him of rape and battery, but the charges were dropped.

Long started driving around town looking for opportunities to rape women. He would scout around for 'For Sale' signs on houses or answer classified adverts for furniture, because it was likely women would be home alone in those scenarios and he could easily get in the house and rape them.

According to police, Long committed 50 rapes during this period. In 1984, his crimes turned more violent and he started murdering his rape victims.

Long had been taken to court and served time before the1984 murders. In 1983, he was charged for writing a sexual letter and sending photos of himself to a 12-year-old girl and served some time in prison.

How long was Bobby Joe Long on death row?

After his arrest for the Lisa McVey rape, Long was given 28 life sentences and one death sentence in the summer of 1986.

Bobby Joe Long was sentenced to death (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)
Bobby Joe Long was sentenced to death (Credit: Youtube/Crime Watch Daily)

After more than 30 years on death row, he was executed in May 2019. Lisa McVey was present at the execution and gave a powerful statement.

His ex-wife Cindy said Long had gotten what he deserved.

"I have forgiven the man for what he did to me - the name calling, the physical violence, everything else... I don't think I will ever forgive him for what this has caused my children," said Cindy (The Daily Mail). "Nor will I ever forgive him for what he did to those girls, whether they be the murder victims or the rape victims."

Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: WFLA

Topics: True Crime, TV and Entertainment, Netflix

Laura Sanders
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