Florida Serial killer Bobby Joe Long, the subject of my book, BOUND TO DIE,  is scheduled for execution on May 23rd, 2019.  I'm sure I will experience a sense of closure since I have continued to study the case since 1995 when the book was first publsihed, but my thoughts are complicated.  While there is no doubt in my mind that he deserves to die, I'm sure his many years on Florida's Death Row have been hell on earth .  There is really no rehabilition in prison however, and the laws are clear on punishment for a capital crime.  Obviously, the murdered young women would have preferred living another 34 years, as he has done.  Of course Long stayed alive largely due to mistakes made by law enforcement early in his arrest, changes in the law during his incarceration, and clever legal representation by headline seeking lawyers in this high profile case.  Clearly, throughout my lengthy true crime writing career the Bobby Joe Long murder case has been of paramount interest to me.
Anna Flowers

Bound to Die


The revised trade paperback edition is available from Amazon.com and the Florida Historical Society book store in Cocoa Village, FL.

Description:   Bound to Die is the true crime story of Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long, who was convicted of the heinous killings of nine women in 1984 in the Tampa Bay area. The first body of 19-year-old disco dancer Lana Long was found in a field on Mother’s Day with her legs grotesquely ripped apart. Six months later, the bloody rampage ended when the ninth victim was discovered. All had been tortured with ropes and savagely beaten and raped. The killer’s confession of his crimes is haunting. The vividly rendered results of his trials and appeals are equally shocking.

First published by Kensington, NY in 1995, Bound to Die was internationally recognized. It received seven mass media printings and was issued in hardback as a Doubleday Mystery Guild Book Club selection. This second edition features a new foreword on a capital case which is still considered a definitive example of excellent police detection before DNA.

Four major television presentations have been made featuring this case, with author participation.  Shortly after first publication of BOUND TO DIE, the case was featured on a segment of "Medical Detective," which has been aired sporadically for years. In 2012, Flowers was interviewed for the pilot show of "Killer Profile," aired on the Biography channel, and later that year for "Surviving Evil," in an episode called, "Nobody's Victim".  On July 1, 2014, she was filmed at her Florida home by a British production company for the show "Born to Kill?" aka "Twister" - for showing internationally on Investigative Discovery.

This is a classic Florida serial killer case involving excellent police detection before DNA, and a formidable Task Force that worked together for the first time, to apprehend the murderer.

The original book, published by Kensington, NY, (1995) was introduced at Bouchercon in Nottingham, England.  It received seven mass media printings and was a Mystery Guild Book Club selection in hard back.

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