A teenage rape victim has told of her 26-hour ordeal at the hands of the ‘Classified Ad Rapist’ Bobby Joe Long in a new Netflix film.
Lisa McVey was 17 when she was kidnapped and tortured by the ten-time serial killer while she was contemplating suicide in Florida.
Instead of suffering the same fate as his other victims, the teen talked him into letting her live and her clear thinking is credited for Long's arrest in 1984.
He is thought to have raped more than 50 women and killed 10 over a period of eight months.
Lisa, who went on to get married and become a Florida police officer, watched from the front row as he was given a lethal injection in 2019.
She had been cycling home from her job at a doughnut shop in the early hours of November 3 1984 when she was knocked off her bike by Long and bundled into his car at gunpoint, the Sun reports.
He then blindfolded her, bound her hands and forced her to perform oral sex before driving her to his apartment, 30 minutes away.
"He held me for 26 hours at gunpoint,” she later told Fox13.
“He raped me over and over again. I lost count.
“I was deathly afraid that he was going to kill me. Here I was thinking about killing myself, and now I was going to be fighting for my life.”
But Lisa, who believes her previous experience of sexual assault helped her cope through her ordeal, kept calm and came up with a plan to save herself.
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She talked to him and asked him why he was doing this to her and he told her it was to “get back at all women” after his divorce.
Lisa told him: “Listen, it's unfortunate how we met, but I can be your girlfriend. I could take care of you, and no one ever has to know."
"I talked to him gently, like a four-year-old,” she said.
“And it worked."
In Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey, she says: “When he released me and drove off, I took off my blindfold and saw this amazing oak tree.
"I had wanted to die before and now I wanted to live, I got a second chance at life.”
Long’s crime spree began after a bitter divorce, in 1980, from the mother of his two children.
He got his nickname for trawling the small ads in newspapers looking for women who were selling domestic appliances.
Long carried out around 50 rapes in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Dade County before moving to Florida.
But after a brief spell in prison, for assault, the serial rapist progressed to murder.
He raped and strangled his first victim Artiss Ann Wick, 20, before dumping her in a bound and naked in a field on March 27 1984.
Long drove around in his Dodge Magnum car, persuading women to get in or forcing them at gunpoint over the next eight months.
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He would drive them to a deserted location before leaving their bodies bound in bizarre positions to decompose.
The killer was eventually arrested in 1984 and sentenced to death for two of his 10 murders.
Long spent more than 30 years on death row and was put to death by lethal injection on May 23, 2019.
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