NETFLIX is known for its alarming crime dramas – and for Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVery the reaction has been no different.
While viewers all over the world have tuned in to watch the harrowing true-life storyline unfold, it’s left questions as to where the real Lisa is now.
The movie, which debuted on Lifetime in American in 2018, has drawn viewers in their droves and topped the most-watched charts since its release on Netflix on June 1.
Telling the story of the real-life Lisa McVey, Believe Me follows the events of her terrifying 26-hour abduction by serial killer Bobby Joe Long in 1984.
After she persuaded him to let her go, having endured rape and psychological torture, Lisa helped the police, giving information that lead to his arrest.
While the movie has left its viewers haunted, fans have been asking about the real story of McVey, and where the 54-year-old is now.
It tells the story of Lisa McVey – and fans have been wondering where she is now[/caption]
While Believe Me uses some creative licence to accentuate the drama, the show is surprisingly faithful to the real-life kidnapping.
So much so, that Lisa supported the creation of the drama, and she attended its first screening in 2018 at the same cinema in Tampa, Florida, where killer Bobby Joe Long was captured.
On November 3, 1984, a 17-year-old Lisa was knocked off her bike and pulled into Long’s car before being held at gunpoint.
“I remember pleading with God, whatever you do, just don’t let him kill me,” she told Fox 13. “He raped me over and over again. I lost count.”
Lisa has since gone on to tell her story and work with the police[/caption]
McVery had suffered abuse at the hands of her grandmother’s boyfriend, which helped her talk Long out of killing her and into releasing her.
“I had to take all of the abuse I had incurred as a child and just reach down one more time, into the pit of my stomach, and tap into those survivor skills in order to overcome him psychologically,” she recalled.
“I said, ‘Listen, it’s unfortunate how we met, but I can be your girlfriend. I could take care of you, and no one ever has to know’.”
Speaking to him “like a four-year-old”, her trick worked and Long took her back to a place near where she was abducted and released her.
She told Fox 13 of her horrifying ordeal where she convinced killer Bobby Long to release her[/caption]
Using ideas she learned from watching detective and policing TV show, Lisa made sure to leave her finger prints all over the serial killer’s bathroom.
She also remembered details about the nameplate on his car, and “placed her hands on his face” to remember specific aspects of his appearance.
“I was calm when I told my story, but I knew I had to help them, I had to find this guy before he struck again,” Lisa said of her meeting with police.
With the information Lisa gave, Long was captured in 1984 and pleaded guilty to eight murders, as well as the kidnapping and assault of McVey.
Lisa has gone on to work with the police after her terrifying ordeal[/caption]
Bobby Joe Long was sentenced to death for his crimes[/caption]
He received 28 life sentences and one death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms, and was executed in May 2019.
Attending his execution, Lisa gave a powerful statement where she read the names of each victim aloud before “thanking him” for choosing her.
“Bobby Joe Long, thank you,” she began. “Thank you for choosing me instead of another 17-year-old little girl. The reason why I say ‘thank you’ now is because I have forgiven you for what you have done to me.
“God has shown me the only way to really be free when someone bestows injustice against you is complete forgiveness.
Lisa attended the execution of Bobby Joe Long in 2019[/caption]
“My life changed forever, and for the better. I chose not to remain a victim, I chose to live.”
Lisa McVey – who is now Lisa Noland – became a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy specialising in sex crimes and working in Florida to protect children.
“I’m a protector. No one’s going to get hurt on my watch,” she told Fox 13. “That was my motivation to become a police officer. I’m no longer a victim.”
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The brave woman also works as a school resource deputy and as a motivational speaker – using her story to empower victims.
“It’s to show people how to embrace life after horrific things happen to you. Maybe physical things, maybe mental or emotional, I want to be an inspiration to others.”
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey is available to stream on Netflix.