The film details the kidnap and torture of a teenage girl at the hands of prolific serial killer, Bobby Joe Long.
Who is Lisa McVey?
Lisa McVey is a kidnapping and rape survivor from Tampa, Florida.
Lisa was 17 when she was taken from outside her grandmother’s home in 1984.
During her time under her grandmother’s care, Lisa was sexually abused by her grandmother’s boyfriend on multiple occasions.
On the night of November 3, 1984, Lisa finished her shift at a local donut shop, and began her bike ride home.
She noticed a car was following her and suddenly a man, knocked her off her bike and pulled her into his car at gunpoint.
He drove Lisa to his apartment, where he blindfolded her, treating her as his sex slave for 26 hours.
Lisa got glimpses of her kidnapper – who was discovered to be the brutal serial killer, Bobby Joe Long- through her blindfold.
The 17-year-old spun a story that she was an only child with a sick father in need of care so that her captor would release her.
As a survivor of past sexual abuse she knew how to talk Long out of killing her.
She recalls: “I said, ‘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.’”.
Lisa was released by her captor after a harrowing 26-hour ordeal.
In the days leading up to her abduction, the teenager had grown unhappy with her life and planned to commit suicide, drafting a note for her family.
The ordeal left her determined to survive, giving her a new lease on life
Lisa said: “Here I was thinking about killing myself, and now I was going to be fighting for my life.”
Lisa told Long that she could be his girlfriend and nobody would have to know about him abducting her.
In 1984, she became the last victim of serial killer Long, and provided evidence that enabled his arrest
She went on to become a sheriffs deputy at the Hillsborough police department.
Lisa said: “That was my motivation to become a police officer. I’m no longer a victim.”
Why was Lisa McVey living with her 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.
Prior to moving in with her abusive grandma, Lisa McVey was in and out of foster homes.
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McVey’s mother told her she would have to help her ageing grandmother out at her home in Tampa, Florida, where she resided with her boyfriend.
After being rescued, Lisa left her abusive home and moved into a runaway center.
She is now happily married to a police officer with children of her own.