STARKE, Fla. (AP) – A serial killer that excited Florida with a lethal spree who claimed that 10 women lost in 1984 on Thursday, and that a woman got it out of one of her attacks and helped her catch.
Bobby Joe Long, 65, was announced dead at 6:55 p.m. Thursday after a fatal injection at Florida State Prison. Long had no last word, but his eyes closed as the procedure began, the witnesses said.
The killer feared the Tampa Bay area for eight months in 1984 as women began to show that they were dead, and often left their bodies gruesome. Most of them were put into war, some had a throat split, and others were drowned.
There were few tips on law enforcement until Lisa Noland's case, which survived from one of the Ship attacks. She saw execution Thursday from the front row.
Only 17 in 1984, Noland was abducted by Ship outside his church that year. He raped her but eventually let her go free. She left evidence of her crimes on the spot and gave her police details which led to her. A long acknowledgment to the crimes, getting 28 life sentences and no death sentence for murder Michelle Simms, who is 22 years of age.
Noland put herself in the witness room she expected to see Long.
“I wanted to look at it in the eye. I wanted to be the first person he saw. Unfortunately, he did not open his eyes, ”she said. “He was very happy that this was really happening.”
She said she started crying after leaving the room when she was around.
“Peace is a great feeling to me,” she said.
Another witness wore a photo polo shirt with one victim on the front side and the words “Gone not forgotten.” On the back were photos of the 10 killed victims and the words “The Ones That Matter.”
Noland was the Long let go victim. The day before her kidnapping, she said, she had written a suicide note, planning to end her life after years of sexual abuse by her grandmother's boyfriend.
But she ended her heroic use of that history.
“At the time he put the gun on my head, it wasn't new for me,” she told the Associated Press earlier this week.
She said she knew of her previous abuse if she fought Long, that she would get out of it.
“I had to learn who it was, what ticked it. If I made the wrong move, could it end my life? So, really, the night before I wrote a suicide note, and now I was able to save my life, ”she said on Wednesday.
It was the trace of the bodies that had affected Long investigators on the left around Tampa Bay. Artiss Ann Wick was first killed in March 1984. Nine others continued.
There were few tips on law enforcement until Noland told her story.
Noland said in advance that she knew what she would say if she could face Ship. Noland said: “I want to say agat Thank you for choosing me and from another 17 year old girl. ”
“A 17 year old girl would probably not be able to handle it,” she said.
He moved from West Virginia to the Miami district as a child and collected his mother, a cocktail server. After high school, he married a young woman, but later he became violent. Former wife, Cindy Brown, told AP that she recalls that she was worried about her life and the attacks getting worse, including a day he had taken her and she set her unconscious.
In Wednesday's AP interview, Noland described her attack in precision: the church in which she was abducted, the gun she pushed on her head, the bright light she could see on the car panel under the edge of her blind. He said Magnum, as in Dodge Magnum.
She was menstruating and she made sure she left blood evidence on the back of the car. She could tell when they were on a crossroads north of Tampa. When brought to the killer's apartment, she counted the steps up to the second floor. When she let her use the bathroom, she made sure she had left fingerprints everywhere.
She knew she could not make it angry. She appealed to a glimmer ofness which showed him while he washed her hair after she raping her several times. She asked what he did what he did. He said he had suffered a bad break and that women hated. She said that it seemed nice and maybe she would be a girlfriend. She will not tell anyone.
Long afterwards Noland got dressed. He let her loose and told her not to take the blinds for five minutes. She got out of the car and fell on the path. Long she caught her before she fell. She stayed on something that was like eternity and pulled the blind from it. She was in front of a tree in another courtyard.
Today, she claims to have that tree, and it is included in the design of a T-shirt that she made to mark the execution of Ship.
And she has been working among law enforcement officers who took Ship. She is a representative of the Sheriff's Office of Hillsborough County, the same division that helped her to catch a Ship.
Curt Anderson, the Associated Press Writer, helped in this story.
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