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Bobby Joe Long's daughter, Sarah Crosby, has claimed that her father became a killer after a traumatic brain injury "changed his personality".
Long's heinous crimes - in which he killed at least 10 women in the 1980s - hit the headlines again this week, after film Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey landed the top spot on Netflix.
The film tells the story of Lisa McVey, a 17-year-old who was abducted and raped by Long in 1984. Using a series of survival tactics, Lisa managed to persuade Long to set her free.
Once she had escaped his captivity, she ultimately became the catalyst to his conviction by helping police track him down.
Sarah, who was eight years old when her father was arrested, spoke about her his crimes shortly before he was executed in May 2019.
According to a petition started in a bid to delay her father's execution on the basis of 2002 court rulings, Sarah explained her father had suffered a traumatic brain injury, which "changed his personality".
"Bobby is a retired vet and was severely injured on active duty. This is when his personality changed.
"Bobbi had a traumatic brain injury. In the 80's not much was known about treatment and he was sent home a week later. He was a different man.
"If that injury would have happened now he would have had inpatient care and treatment for years."
Added to that, Long's ex-wife Cindy Brown, also claimed in a 2016 documentary that following a motorbike accident a few years before the killings, he changed.
"He would tell me what to do, what to eat, how to act... he got to the point where he would start smacking me in the face or smacking me in the back of the head. Two or three times, he choked me so bad I lost consciousness."
According to The Enquirer, Sarah had wanted to witness her father's execution, but Long didn't want her in the room.
"I wanted to be there to support him - that way he would've known that somebody in there truly loved him," she said.
"The governor with the stroke of a pen hired a hitman, that's the executioner in Florida to commit a homicide on my dad as punishment for committing homicide."
Sarah also said Long had signed documents to donate his brain to research.
You can watch Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey on Netflix now.
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