Survivor says she would thank Florida serial killer ahead of execution

Bobby Joe Long scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A serial killer whose murderous spree claimed the lives of 10 women in Florida in 1984 is set to die.

Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison on Thursday. Long was convicted for killing 22-year-old Michelle Simms. He also had been serving 28 life sentences for the other crimes he committed in the Tampa Bay area over an eight-month period in 1984.

But he was undone by a 17-year-old he snatched off her bicycle while she was riding home from her job. Long released Lisa Noland a day later and she gave police details that led to his arrest.

Noland is preparing to watch the execution. In an interview, she said she would tell Long "Thank you" for picking her as a victim, because she helped solve the crime.
 

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