Serial killer Bobby Joe Long who terrorized Florida in 1984 has been executed

Authorities say the 65-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:55 pm Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.


                            Serial killer Bobby Joe Long who terrorized Florida in 1984 has been executed

STARKE, Fla.

A serial killer who terrorized Florida with a 1984 murder spree that claimed 10 women has been put to death.

Authorities say 65-year-old Bobby Joe Long was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. Thursday following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

He was captured after an eight-month killing spree. Long confessed to the crimes, receiving 28 life sentences and one death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Michelle Simms.

The killings began in March 1984. Most of the victims were strangled. Some had their throats slit. Others were bludgeoned. Authorities say the killer positioned most of the bodies in gruesome poses.

Long's undoing was a 17-year-old. Long abducted, raped and then released Lisa Noland . She left evidence and gave police details that led to the man's capture.

Earlier the Supreme Court had cleared the way for the execution of the serial killer. The justices denied the final appeals of 65-year-old Long. The planned 6 pm. execution was delayed slightly while the justices considered the case.

Long was condemned for the killing of 22-year-old Michelle Simms. He also was serving 28 life sentences for the other crimes committed in the Tampa Bay area.