Lisa McVey’s sister, Laurie, was murdered in 1984.
Laurie’s tragic death occurred when Lisa was just a teenager. Lisa McVey, who later became known as Lisa Noland after her marriage, is a survivor of a serial killer and has a harrowing story of her own. In November 1984, Lisa was abducted and assaulted by Bobby Joe Long, a serial killer in Tampa, Florida. She managed to talk him into releasing her, and her detailed memory of the ordeal led to Long’s arrest and subsequent conviction.
Laurie’s murder, however, was not connected to Bobby Joe Long. The details surrounding Laurie’s death are not widely publicized, and Lisa McVey has kept much of her family’s private life out of the media. The loss of her sister is a separate tragedy that Lisa had to endure, in addition to her own traumatic experience. The murder of Laurie is a reminder of the personal losses that are often overshadowed by larger criminal cases and the public’s focus on survivors and perpetrators.