The Lifetime movie Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey is based on the true story of Lisa McVey. The 17 year old was abducted while riding her bike home from work in November 1984. After 26 hours of being held captive, McVey convinced the rapist to release her. But when McVey reported what had happened to her, no one believed her. Except for one veteran detective in the Tampa Police Department, who realized McVey’s abductor was the same serial killer (Bobby Joe Long) the department was trying to track down.
Survivor McVey is portrayed by Katie Douglas (Mary Kills People). Bobby Joe Long, who is currently on death row, is portrayed by Rossif Sutherland, the 6’5″ tall son of actor Donald Sutherland. The veteran detective is portrayed by another tall actor, 6’4″ David James Elliott. Elliott is known for his roles on Secrets and Lies (Major Bryant), GCB (Ripp Cockburn), Scoundrels (Wolf West), JAG (Harmon Rabb, Jr.), The Untouchables (Agent Paul Robbins), and Street Legal (Nick Del Gado), among others. Fun fact: Elliott is married to his former JAG co-star Nanci Chambers (Lt. Loren Singer).
Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey premieres on Lifetime on Sunday, September 30 at 8pm.