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Tampa Bay serial killer Bobby Joe Long confessed to killing 10 women, and raping more than 50, in the 1980s.
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According to police, Loudenback was different from Long's other victims: She was not a drug user, prostitute or stripper, but had been on a walk outside of her residence when Long spotted her. Long would later admit to raping and strangling Loudenback, on whom police also found red trilobal nylon carpet fiber.
Long's fifth victim, a young prostitute named Chanel Williams, had been walking along a Tampa street when Long picked her up. After raping and attempting to strangle Williams,
Long pulled out his gun and shot her in the head.
Long continued to kill, taking the lives of Karen Dinsfriend and Kimberly Hoops, and then spotted 17-year-old Lisa McVey Noland on her bicycle in northern Tampa, on Waters Avenue. Unlike his other recent victims around this time, Long let McVey live, after treating her like a sex slave for nearly 26 consecutive hours: After picking up McVey, he forced her to perform oral sex and then brought her to his apartment, where he raped her repeatedly, and even showered with her. It was McVey's testimony that would finally lead police to Long.
After releasing McVey, Long killed two more times. Just days after McVey's police report, investigators found Virginia Johnson's body. Days later, Kim Swann's body was found. McVey provided police with a brief description of Long's car. Police were then able to identify the vehicle and its owner, and obtain search warrants for Long's home and vehicle. Long was arrested in November 1984, while watching a film at a movie theater not far from his Tampa home. Upon searching Long's home, detectives were finally able to identify the mysterious red nylon fibers they had found on so many victims' bodies: Red carpeting lined the staircase of Long's apartment, which, following lab testing, was identified as a perfect match.
Once Long was in custody, another body was found: Vicky Elliot, investigators determined, had been raped and strangled. Red fibers were also found on Elliot's clothing.
In April 1985, Long was convicted of first-degree murder in the Virginia Johnson case, which took place in Pasco County, Florida, and was sentenced to death. Several months later, Long pleaded guilty to eight Hillsborough County murders (Artis Wick's body wasn't found until several days after Long's arrest, and because Long had not pleaded guilty to murdering Wick until long after submitting his original confession, he was never formally charged with her murder). Long was convicted of the other eight murders in Hillsborough County, among several other charges. He received seven life imprisonment sentences (Lana Long, Elizabeth Loudenback, Chanel Williams, Karen Dinsfriend, Kimberly Hoops, Kim Swann, Vicky Elliot), and, in the summer of 1986, was sentenced to death by electrocution for the murder of Michelle Simms. While Long confessed to committing 10 murders, he alluded to the possibility of others during police interviews.
Long is currently serving multiple life prison sentences. Though he also received two death sentences, his execution has been delayed by several appeals over the past several years. He remains on Florida's death row.
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