In the Shadow of Darkness: The Bobby Joe Long Story

In the Shadow of Darkness: The Bobby Joe Long Story

Written by Mark Williams, In Celeb, Published On
January 31, 2024
In Short:
  • Bobby Joe Long, an American serial murderer and rapist, was lethally injected for murdering Michelle Denise Simms.
  • He originally raped 50 women via classified advertising. He became known as the “Classified Ad Rapist.”
  • After moving to Tampa Bay, he raped and murdered. His victims were usually teenage prostitutes.

He would get them to sit in his car, drive them home, rape them, and then strangle, beat, or slice their necks. After being raped many times for 26 hours, 17-year-old Lisa McVey survived. She later assisted authorities in his arrest. His misdeeds earned Bobby numerous life sentences and the death penalty. Lisa McVey saw his May 23, 2019 execution.

About  Robert Joseph Long

Popular As Robert Joseph Long
Age 66 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born 14 October 1953
Birthday 14 October
Birthplace Kenova, West Virginia, U.S.
Date of death May 23, 2019,
Died Place Florida State Prison, Raiford, Florida, U.S.
Nationality United States

Rare Medical Condition and its Correlation with Multiple Head Injuries

ListVerse reports that Bobby Joe Long was born in Kenova, West Virginia, on October 14, 1953, to Joe and Louetta Long, who divorced when he was 2. Bobby Joe nearly drowned at a beach in 1957 while growing up with his mother in Miami. He blamed his mother for being too preoccupied with looking out for guys instead of her little kid. Falling from a swing in 1958 and hitting a parked car with his bike in 1959 caused brain injuries. Long fell off his pony at 7 years old and damaged his head again, causing dizziness and nausea for weeks, according to Murderpedia.

Most importantly, Long was born with an extra X chromosome, which prohibited him from producing enough testosterone. Conversely, his glands produced a lot of oestrogen, which led him to develop breasts in puberty and made him a bully target. Long had surgery to remove six pounds of chest flesh, but Murderpedia claimed that he still struggled with gender identification. This may have been linked to another disturbed childhood.

Unconventional Bonds Between Mothers and Sons

Bobby Joe Long’s Murderpedia article says he slept in his mother Louetta’s bed until he was 13, which was weird. This ceased when he met his future wife, but many stories say she was the dominating partner and that Long’s ladies cooperated with his mother instead of fighting for his attention. This makes Bobby Joe and Louetta Long appear particularly close, but the Biography states that the unhappy young kid may have been developing a disdain for women at the time. The guys his mother brought home with him and the fact that she worked at a pub and had to wear provocative dresses bothered him. Louetta later refuted her son’s claim that he had seen her entertain these men in their one-bedroom flat.

Long’s next significant brain injury occurred in a motorbike collision as a young adult, years after his youth. After the tragedy, his then-wife Cynthia said he became angry towards her and their children and had an insatiable sex urge that crime experts suspected made him a sexual sadist.

The truth of serial killer Bobby Joe Long’s death

Bobby Joe Long, Florida’s most renowned serial murderer, killed 10 women in eight months. His murdering spree was preceded by rapes of classified ad sellers. At their houses, Long sexually abused and robbed them. He was called the “classified-ad rapist,” according to the reports. Many Tampa Bay women, mostly sex workers, were killed in 1984. Some victims were posed and slain gruesomely. Authorities were confused and unable to find the criminal with minimal proof.

Bobby Joe Long’s murdering spree ended when Lisa McVey outwitted him and called the police. McVey was 17 when Long snatched her while she biked home from a donut store job. Long repeatedly raped McVey at home. After 26 hours with the killer, McVey begged Long to let her leave, claiming her father is ill and she’s the only one who can care for him to garner his compassion (A&E Real Crime). Long said, “Tell your father he’s the reason why I didn’t kill you.”

Early Life

Bobby Joe Long's Net Worth

Long was born October 14, 1953, in Kenova, West Virginia to Joe and Louetta Long. His extra X chromosome caused him to develop breasts throughout adolescence, which he was mocked for. He also has many childhood head traumas. He slept in his mother’s bed until he was a teenager and despised her short-term relationships. His 1974 marriage to his high school lover produced two children before she filed for divorce in 1980.

Long was the “Classified Ad Rapist” who perpetrated at least 50 rapes in Fort Lauderdale, Ocala, Miami, and Dade County before the Tampa Bay killings. Long began raping women alone at home after answering minor appliance advertising advertisements in 1981. He was convicted of rape in 1981 but wanted a retrial. Charges were dismissed, Long rented a room from Kathy on the 2500 Block of Eucalyptus Avenue in Long Beach, California, before he died in Florida. He dated a 17-year-old girl across from his leased room. After contacting women through Penny Saver and other classified advertisements, Long asked to use the toilet, pulled out his ‘rape kit’ and viciously assaulted and robbed a lady after finding her alone. Local California authorities never pursued these offences.

The Crimes of Bobby Joe Long: The I-95 Killer Case

Long arrived in Tampa in 1983. Hillsborough County averaged 30–35 murders in the 1980s. The murder rate rose in 1984. In eight months, a killer who bound, raped, and killed his victims and then dumped them in strange postures and poses committed a murder every other week. The first victim was located in May 1984 when the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a naked woman’s body. This sparked an intensive investigation by the HCSO, FBI, TPD, PCSO, and FDLE into the abduction, rape, and murder of at least 10 women in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties. Usually, decomposing bodies were abandoned at a remote roadway and hauled into the woods long after the crime.

Bobby Joe Long’s Net Worth

Bobby Joe Long's Net Worth

His wealth has grown dramatically in 2022–2023. Bobby Joe Long is 66 years old. What’s his worth? Bobby Joe Long makes most of his money as a killer. His country is America. Bobby Joe Long’s net worth, salary, income, and assets were estimated.


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