Police have yet to substantiate a 19-year-old woman’s claim that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the Pennsylvania murder she is now charged with committing.
Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini said in a statement Tuesday “there has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage” in the case of Miranda Barbour, who with husband Elytte Barbour is awaiting trial in the death of a man they’re accused of luring through a Craigslist ad for companionship.
Miranda Barbour, in a Friday prison interview with The Daily Item in Sunbury, claimed to have killed at least 22 people in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California in the past six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
“I just want to get it out,” Barbour told the newspaper.
Mike Staugaitis / AP
Miranda Barbour is led into District Judge Ben Apfelbaum's office in Sunbury, Pa., by Sunbury policeman Travis Bremigen on Dec. 3, 2012.
In the Sunbury homicide investigation, the Barbours repeatedly changed their accounts of the events leading up to the Nov. 11 death of Troy LaFerrara, who police say met up with Miranda Barbour for companionship in exchange for money.
Ultimately, police said, Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, about 20 times in her parked car. They said Elytte Barbour held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley.
Miranda Barbour initially denied knowing LaFerrara but changed her story when police gathered evidence including records that showed the last call to his cellphone came from hers, authorities said.
Elytte Barbour told investigators the newlyweds killed LaFerrara because they wanted "to murder someone together," police said.
— The Associated Press
First published February 19 2014, 9:34 AM