Pa. Craigslist murder suspect admits slaying 23
SUNBURY — A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.
In an interview with The Daily Item in Sunbury, Miranda Barbour, 19, said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LaFerrara in November. She admitted killing at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the past six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
“I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don't care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,” Barbour told the newspaper.
Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said investigators are aware of Barbour's claims of involvement in other murders. He said they are “”seriously concerned” and have contacted police in other jurisdictions.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the FBI's Philadelphia division said it had been in contact with Sunbury police and “will offer any assistance requested in the case.”
Neither Barbour's lawyer, public defender Ed Greco, nor Mazzeo responded to messages seeking comment.
Attorneys for Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 19, have sought psychiatric evaluations for their clients.
Greco attorney asked a judge last week to throw out statements she made before she was charged. He said in the motion that Miranda Barbour was not afforded an attorney despite repeated requests during two police interviews.
Barbour said in the jailhouse interview that she wanted to plead guilty during her arraignment, but that Greco pleaded not guilty for her.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both defendants in LaFerrara's killing.
Barbour, a petite woman with long brown hair, told investigators that she met the 6-foot-2, 278-pound victim when he responded to her Craigslist ad offering companionship for money.
Elytte Barbour told investigators that they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together, according to court papers.
The couple, who were married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before the crime, told police that Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara in the front seat of her car while her husband held a cord around his neck.
Miranda Barbour said in the interview that she does not want to get out of jail and that she would kill again if released.
She said she feels no remorse and killed only “bad people.”
Barbour offered little detail on the murders in which she claimed to have participated in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.
She claims she joined a satanic cult in Alaska when she was 13 before moving to North Carolina.
Online records for the woman that the newspaper identified as Barbour's mother show her as having lived in Alaska and North Carolina.