Slay suspect's dad says she is a liar
SUNBURY — The father of a Pennsylvania woman who with her newlywed husband is charged with killing a man she met through Craigslist said he would support his daughter's execution if she is found guilty and hold the hand of the victim's widow.
Sonny Dean told The Daily Item newspaper this week that he believes his 19-year-old daughter, Miranda Barbour, may have been involved in one murder other than the Nov. 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in Sunbury.
But he cast further doubt on Barbour's claim in a prison interview that she had killed more than 20 others. Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini said this week that investigators have been unable to substantiate her claim.
Police said LaFerrara met Barbour through her Craigslist ad, which offered companionship in exchange for money. Investigators allege the young woman stabbed LaFerrara of Port Trevorton about 20 times in her parked car as her husband, Elytte Barbour, held a cord tightly against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat.
Dean told the newspaper that his daughter was a heroin addict and is a liar and manipulator, but he doesn't think she is a mass murderer. “Miranda lives in a fantasy world,” he said.
Miranda Barbour told The Daily Item she killed fewer than 100 people but stopped counting at 22. She said she lured a man into an alley in Alaska and watched as the leader of a satanic cult to which she belonged shot the man before telling Barbour it was her turn.
“Believe very little of what Miranda says,” said Dean. It is possible she participated in a killing in Alaska, he said. He didn't dispute her claim of being a satanist.
“The reason I think that the Alaska incident is a possibility is that Miranda ran away from home at least two times that I remember, both for over a 48-hour period,” he said. “Once was around the age of 13, and once was sometime the following year, when she was 14. I don't know what took place during either of those 48-hour periods.”
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