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How a 17-year-old woman convinced a serial killer to spare her life
January 27, 2021
A woman has revealed how she managed to convince a vicious serial killer not to murder her, despite him raping her for 26 hours.
Lisa McVey Noland was just 17-years-old when she was abducted by Bobby Joe Long on November 3, 1984.
Long abducted, sexually assaulted, and murdered at least 10 women in the Tampa Bay Area in Florida during an eight-month period that year.
However, he released Nolan, who was one of his last victims, and she revealed how she managed to persuade him to do so.
She bravely described how Long "brutally raped" her for 26 hours but said her survival instincts kicked in and she did everything Long asked her to do.
Noland said she used reverse psychology on Long and got him to see her as a person rather than an object.
"He had mentioned that he had raped other women," Noland recalled.
"I said, 'why are you doing this to me?' and he goes, 'because just to get back at women in general'.
"I said, 'I’ll be your girlfriend. I’ll do whatever you want. It’s unfortunate how we met we don’t have to tell anyone how we met; let’s do this'. He said, 'no, I can’t keep you'," she continued.
"It really helped me to survive that attack, to use it psychologically to get inside his head and actually try and get him to see that I was a compassionate person."
Surprisingly, Long decided to let her go and she led the police straight to him so that he could be arrested.
Long was sentenced to death for two of the ten murders and was executed by lethal injection on May 23, 2019.
"Eye for an eye tooth for a tooth,” Noland said before Long was executed.
"Yeah, there’s forgiveness, OK, but there’s also a price to pay for that forgiveness and his time is coming.
"He knows it and ironically, he is very scared and it’s about time. Your life’s about to end. Because where is the justice where is the humanity for those victims that he took?"
Noland has dedicated her life to helping others. She is currently a master sergeant with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office where she works as a school resource officer at Davidson Middle School.
"Just to be a role model and help make a difference in their lives every day I learn something new, and they make a difference in me," she said.