Robert Dominic Ventre II
Staff WriterNewly-wedded couple Elytte and Miranda Barbour have been found guilty of the murder of one Troy LaFerrara, who had responded to Miranda's Craiglist ad promising sex for $100. But much more startling than Miranda's confession is her claim to have killed over twenty other people, all in the service of a “satanic cult” she professes having been a part of since age 13. While the couple was in custody, Miranda's husband of only three weeks, Elytte Barbour, was interviewed by the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Elytte related to the Daily Item that his wife regularly hired herself as a “companion” to lonely men, who would pay for her company and conversation. These interactions involved no sexual contact, according to Elytte: "She is not a prostitute," the currently-incarcerated 22-year-old stated, "What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives and she meets with them and has delightful conversation." Despite this, Miranda reported that her assault on LaFerrara came as a result of LaFerrara's attempts to grope her while the two sat in a parked car after driving from Selinsgrove to Sunbury, which culminated with LaFerrara placing his hand on her throat. She claimed to have taken a knife from between the seats and stabbed him in retaliation. This was after initially denying having known LaFerrara at all. Reports stated that LaFerrara had been stabbed roughly 22 times in total, as well as being strangled. Having been taken into custody under suspicion of LaFerrara's demise, Miranda later claimed to have been involved with similar schemes up to 22 times in the past, participating in murders in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California, with most incidents occurring in Alaska. Even more bizarre, Miranda claimed to have been inducted into a satanic cult at the tender age of 13 while living in Alaska, which lead to her serial killings, for which she felt “no remorse.” “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them. I remember everything. It is like watching a movie.” Authorities are also looking into the death of a former love with whom Miranda had birthed a one-year-old daughter, now worried that she had had something to do with his death as well. Requesting her own interview from the Daily Item, Miranda stated that, “I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out.” Miranda had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child, and claims to have been provoked from a message exchange with LaFerrera before meeting the now-deceased 42-year-old. According to TMZ: “She tested him and said she was only 16 and he responded by saying he'd still have sex with her. And -- as a molestation victim herself -- that set her off." Miranda herself stated in regard to LaFerrara's response: "If he would have said no, that he wasn't going to go through with the arrangement, I would have let him go," This appears to be in direct opposition to both the Barbour's plea of innocence, as well as Miranda's own later admittance: that she and new husband Elytte Barbour had killed LaFerrara together for thrills, having planned to do so more than once with other victims, though this was the first time they were able to fulfill their sick desire. As ABC15 reports: “Police allege in court papers that Elytte Barbour told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together. The couple, who were married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before the crime, told police Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara in the front seat of her car while her husband held a cord around his neck." Despite 22 being accepted as the potential death toll of Miranda's victims should her claims be true, the number could be much higher, with Miranda having stated that she had “stopped counting” when “(She) hit 22”. Miranda and Elytte Barbour are currently incarcerated and awaiting trial for LaFerrara's murder. As new details of their story emerge, it's hard not to wonder if Miranda's more radical claims, such as being brought into a murderous satantic cult based in Alaska before being old enough to obtain a driver's license, may be exaggerated or flatly untrue. When dealing with a young couple taking a human life for the sake of their perverted excitement, it shouldn't be seen as farfetched that upon being caught, they would make fantastic claims in order to bring greater attention to themselves. We wish the Pennsylvania and national authorities good luck in their investigation into Miranda Barbour's criminal history.
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