Netflix fans 'sickened' by Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey

Netflix viewers are left ‘sickened and sobbing’ over true crime drama Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey which details 17-year-old’s kidnapping and rape by US serial killer

  • The true crime film is based on the real-life story of 17-year-old Lisa McVey 
  • She was kidnapped and raped for 26 hours by US serial killer Bobby Joe Long
  • Long had already murdered 10 women in a spree that began in March 1984

Netflix fans have been left ‘sickened and sobbing’ after watching Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey.

The true crime film is based on the real-life story of 17-year-old Lisa McVey, who was kidnapped, held at gunpoint and raped for 26 hours by US serial killer Bobby Joe Long on November 3 1984.

Viewers expressed their outrage at how the Florida teenager, now known as Lisa Noland, was repeatedly failed by the people around her, as they initially didn’t believe her story.

Lisa was the only one of Long’s victims to survive after he embarked on an eight-month murder spree from March 1984, and killed at least 10 women. 

After she was released by her kidnapper, the teenager helped capture the killer, who was executed for his crimes in May 2019 after 34 years on death row. 

Netflix fans have been left ‘sickened and sobbing’ after watching Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (pictured)

The true crime film (pictured) is based on the real-life story of 17-year-old Lisa McVey, who was kidnapped, held at gunpoint and raped for 26 hours by US serial killer Bobby Joe Long on November 3 1984


Viewers expressed their outrage at how the Florida teenager, now known as Lisa Noland (pictured left in 2013), was repeatedly failed by the people around her, as they initially failed to believe her story. Pictured right: Bobby Joe Long in custody

The film, first released in 2018 on the Lifetime channel in the US, shot up to become the UK’s current No 1 film on Neftlix after being added to the streaming service earlier this week. 

In one scene, Lisa tried to explain the torture she had experienced at the hands of Long to two female police officers, who appeared to not believe a word she’s saying.

The teenager’s own grandmother even found the story far-fetched.

Lisa suffered sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother’s boyfriend, which led to her feeling suicidal before her abduction – but her horrifying ordeal gave her a new determination to live.

Long kidnapped 17-year-old Lisa as she was cycling home from her job at Krispy Kreme. He trapped her in his flat and repeatedly raped her for 26 hours.

To escape, Lisa remained calm and made up a story that she was the sole caregiver to an ailing parent to try to evoke sympathy from Long, and it worked and he released her, according to Tampa Bay Times.  

Lisa was the only one of Long’s victims to survive after he embarked on an eight-month murder spree from March 1984, and killed at least 10 women. Pictured, a scene from the film

After she was released by her kidnapper, the teenager helped capture the killer, who was executed for his crimes in May 2019 after 34 years on death row. Pictured, a scene from the film

Lisa previously said she knew from her past abuse that if she fought Long, it would enrage him.

‘I had to learn who he was, what made him tick. If I did the wrong move, could it end my life? So literally, the night before I wrote a suicide note out, and now I was in a position where I had to save my life,’ she said.

Her description of the incident, as well as her intentionally leaving evidence such as fingerprints around Long’s bathroom, helped police capture the killer. 

Long later admitted to killing 10 women in the Tampa Bay area and was sentenced to death. 

At his execution, Lisa said she tried to position herself where he would see her, explaining: ‘I wanted to look him in the eye. I wanted to be the first person he saw. Unfortunately, he didn’t open his eyes.’

The film (pictured), first released in 2018 on the Lifetime channel in the US, shot up to become the UK’s current No 1 film on Neftlix after being added to the streaming service earlier this week

She said that she started to cry after watching the execution, adding: ‘The peace that came over me is a remarkable feeling.’

Lisa is now a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the same department she helped lead to Long’s arrest.

Viewers of Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey were quick to express their feelings about the film, with one writing: ‘It was the hardest but most inspirational thing I’ve ever watched.’

Another said: ‘Good for Lisa McVey. She survived a horrifying ordeal and stopped a serial killer. I was sobbing by the end of the film. I’m glad she got the happy family she wanted.’

Reaction: Viewers of Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey were quick to express their feelings about the film

A third added: ‘Absolutely sobbing after watching Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey.’

A fourth wrote: ‘Just watched Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey on Netflix and I am sobbing. That woman went through the most unimaginable horror as a young girl, and yet saved so many lives. Now she works in the police to protect children from sex crimes.’

A fifth penned: ‘I’m trying to watch Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey on Netflix and it’s making me feel so sick, oh my god this is horrendous.’

The film was a Canadian-American co-production starring Katie Douglas, Rossif Sutherland, and David James Elliot Anyone. 

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