True story that happened in November 1984.
With a life of abuse and molestation, Lisa McVey did not want to live past 17 years old, and on the day she wrote her suicide letter, a red van begins to chase her while on her way home from work. Despite pedaling on her bike as fast as she can, the driver suddenly snatches her from the street and blindfolds her. For the next 26 hours, it’s up to Lisa to outsmart her captor, who is later identified as serial killer Bobby Joe Long.
my two cents:
This is an amazing story and I know the majority of abductions in this country occur to us and they are either unreported or under-reported. Her story resonated with me because she realized she couldn't overpower him but decided to fight him with her wits instead. She was his last victim.
These are some of the things that she did at age 17 that ensured her survival or at the very least, would ensure her abductor's capture, with the evidence she left behind:
reasoned with her abductor
offered to be his friend
noticed landmarks to help identify locations
noticed the type of car he drove
listened for identifiable sounds
she clenched her jaw to loosen her blindfold
she left fingerprints in the bathroom (he once allowed her privacy to use the bathroom)
she left blood in an inconspicuous location inside his car
Because of everything she went through in her life, up to the point of abduction, she was the best prepared person to not only survive the abduction but initiate the process with law enforcement (who initially did not believe her because she was so calm) that would see to his arrest and conviction; and because of everything she went through, women's lives' were saved.
TMH used her and her pain to save others.
Be aware and stay safe.