Man who killed 10 women in Florida is executed
May 24, 2019
STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a 1984 murder spree that claimed 10 women has been put to death.
Authorities say 65-year-old Bobby Joe Long was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.
He was captured after an eight-month killing spree. Long confessed to the crimes, receiving 28 life sentences and one death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms.
The killings began in March 1984. Most of the victims were strangled. Some had their throats slit. Others were bludgeoned. Authorities say the killer positioned most of the bodies in gruesome poses.
Long's undoing was a 17-year-old. Long abducted, raped and then released Lisa Noland . She left evidence and gave police details that led to the man's capture.
May 23, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A serial killer who went on a murderous spree that left 10 women dead 35 years ago is set to be executed in Florida.
Bobby Joe Long is set to die by lethal injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison in Starke. His ex-wife recalled the man she describes as a monster on Wednesday, saying she agrees with the punishment.
Cindy Brown says she and Long were childhood sweethearts who married after high school, but he became increasingly violent. After she divorced him, he committed dozens of rapes before killing 10 women during eight months in 1984 that terrorized the Tampa Bay area.
The man was sentenced to 28 life sentences and one death sentence. He drew the death penalty for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms.