Accused Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour says she is a Satanist. The Satanists beg to differ. They say there is no way Barbour is one of them, and that they have no ties whatsoever to this Pennsylvania girl gone wrong. Barbour stands accused of murdering a man she met on Craigslist with the help of her husband, Elytte Barbour. The man who was murdered, Troy LaFerrara, had answered an ad on Craigslist that Barbour had placed, offering “companionship.” The husband and wife team then strangled LaFerrara and Miranda Barbour says they stabbed him in November 2013. She had wanted to plead guilty to the charges levied against her, but she says when she was in front of the judge, her lawyer grabbed the microphone and pleaded “not guilty” on her behalf.
Barbour claims she joined a Satanic cult when she was just 13 years old. She says that for the last six years, she has been on a serial murder spree during which she killed at least 22 other people. Authorities have not verified her claims and are currently investigating. Numerous media pundits have pointed out that Barbour’s claims are quite extraordinary in a number of ways.
First, the vast majority of serial killers are men. Of the women who do kill, they tend to use poison or smothering and not stabbing or strangling. Barbour’s age also makes her a very unusual suspect. Most serial killers are at least 30 years of age when they begin murdering. She doesn’t fit any “normal” profile of a serial killer. For this reason, there are many commentators and some law enforcement officials who doubt her claims will prove true.
It’s not just media pundits and experts who think Barbour could possibly be fabricating the claims; Satanists also say there is no way Barbour is part of organized Satanism. The church’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, explained that his organization does not know Barbour and never heard of her until recently when her actions thrust her into the spotlight. He says that his church is a lawful one, and that Barbour deserves to be punished to the fullest extent the law will allow. He does not believe that Barbour has any legitimate ties to the Satanic Church and that her claims will prove to be “vague or non-existent.” No Satanists have come forward to verify Barbour’s claims that she is part of their group.
Accused Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour is being compared to a “real life Dexter” because she claims she only killed “bad people.” The comparison references a popular television series in which a serial killer, Dexter Morgan, murders only people who “deserve” such a punishment. The character of Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, had suffered an intense trauma as a child. Barbour claims she was molested at age four, a claim which had been reported to have been corroborated by Barbour’s mother.
Barbour told the Daily Item in an interview that while she was driving with LaFerrara to a location where she had promised him sex for $100, she told him she was 16 years old. When he told her that was fine with him, she went through with her plan to murder him by signaling to her husband, who had been hiding in the backseat. She claims she had decided to let Laferrara go free had he put a stop to the encounter after she pretended she was underage.
While there are some law enforcement officials who have doubts about her claims, police involved in the case say they are “very concerned” and are going to thoroughly investigate to see if Barbour has potential involvement with any unsolved murders.
Accused Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour says she stopped counting her victims when the number reached 22, implying that there could be many more who have died at her hands. She maintains that she has been a member of a Satanic cult for six years, but Satanists say “no way” to any ties with her. Barbour says she has no remorse at all, and that her husband is also proud of what they’ve done. She is currently being held at Columbia County jail.
By: Rebecca Savastio