Bobby Joe Long
Gathering Evidence - and Victims
The investigators followed the map that Long had provided and discovered the ninth victim, Vicky Elliot. Her skeletal remains were found with a broken hyoid bone, and the scissors were found in what would have been the vaginal cavity. A positive identification was made from her dental records. They also found tiny red fibers that definitively linked her to Long.
A missing person report of Virginia Johnson matched the description of the unknown victim. A heart pendant found on the corpse was linked to her, and she was positively identified by her dental records.
The knife mostly likely used in the Michelle Simms murder was discovered in Longs apartment and was catalogued as evidence.
After a grand jury hearing, Bobby Joe Long was charged with eight counts of murder and sexual battery and nine counts of kidnapping, with one count of murder pending for Virginia Johnson, which was decided by
Then other bodies were found.
Long was formally charged for the rape and robbery of a
Holmes & Holmes discuss sex-related homicides in their book, Murder in
Norris says that after each murder, Long would go home and sleep deeply. He apparently claimed that when he awoke, the entire incident seemed more like a dream than reality. He would then go purchase a newspaper to read about it. Via the press, he learned more about each of his victims. He came to hate these women, believing that as sluts they had deserved to die, anyway. Yet he did not want to stop what he was doing.
Finally, Longs case came to trial. Several times.