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Mother doubts Craigslist killing suspect's claims

Posted February 17, 2014

— The mother of a Pennsylvania woman charged with her husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist says she doesn't believe her daughter's claim to being a serial killer.

In a jailhouse interview with a Pennsylvania newspaper on Friday, Miranda Barbour said she has killed more than 20 people across the country in the last 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.

Elizabeth Dean, who lives in Cary, said her daughter called her Friday morning to say she was planning to make a "shocking confession" but didn't elaborate.

Dean said Barbour became involved in a cult about seven years ago while they were living in Alaska. The teen came home with a swastika carved into the back of her neck and routinely got into trouble, her mother said.

After Barbour got pregnant two years ago and didn't know who the father was, the family moved to North Carolina, settling in Harnett County. Barbour told her mother she wanted to start a new life here.

Barbour married 22-year-old Elytte Barbour last October, and the couple moved to Pennsylvania shortly after that.

Within three weeks of the move, police say, they killed Troy LaFerrara after he responded to Miranda Barbour's Craigslist ad offering companionship for money.

Elytte Barbour told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together, according to court papers. The couple 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 told the newspaper Friday that she wants to plead guilty to LaFerrara's death and said she would kill again if she ever gets out of prison.

Dean said she can't imagine her daughter killed the 22 people she claims in Alaska, California, Texas and North Carolina, considering how quickly she was caught after LaFerrara's death.

Pennsylvania authorities have been talking to law enforcement agencies in North Carolina to determine if there is any credible information related to any unsolved crimes here.

All 21 homicides in Wake County during the time Miranda Barbour lived in the area have been solved, but Raleigh police say they have a few unsolved homicides during that period and are following up on her statements.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation declined to comment other than saying agents are in contact with Pennsylvania authorities.


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  • Rachel Durham Feb 20, 2014
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    sounds like this girl had a mental problem that wasnt solved by just moving to nc. Sounds like she is confessing to killing to get herself a death penalty

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 18, 2014
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    Personally I don't care WHAT her mother thinks, nor would I believe her......mothers NEVER think their kids do wrong-well most of them anyway.

    Maybe she did, maybe she's just looking to extend her 15 minutes of fame. Should be possible to find out definitively if she did it or not. Bodies, missing person reports, etc.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 18, 2014

    Oh Mama's, how delusional about their children they can be.

    I bet Grant Hayes' mother still thinks he's totally innocent of killing Laura too - even after all the evidence presented and a 12 person jury found him guilty.


  • GALNC Feb 18, 2014

    First off.... she did kill the one guy. Check out the other claims and look for evidence to tie her to it. If she is guilty, then let her do the time. She could also be looking for attention by claiming to have murdered so many people.

    As for the Cary comment, her Mother lives in Cary now. She grew up and joined a cult in Alaska. The family moved to another county and the daughter never lived in Cary.

    Focus on the real story, did she kill all these people. Pray for the families of the victims. Hope she pays for her crimes and gets the help she needs.

  • EricaSliver Feb 18, 2014

    It sounds to me like she is setting herself up for an insanity plea...I don't think she killed a mass number of people but is claiming to so she will seem crazy. calculated and evil person

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 18, 2014

    What about the poor guy they murdered than accuse him of being a child molester?

  • Ijaz Fahted Feb 18, 2014
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    Really? You are going to make this about Cary? Seven years ago she was in Alaska. Two years ago the family moved to Harnett Co. Now her mother lives in Cary. I know some folks get a chubby just thinking they can talk bad about Cary, but this is preposterous.

    I doubt she is capable of that many kills without being caught. She couldn't even figure out who her baby daddy was, she certainly couldn't mastermind that many murders.

  • Kristin Byrne Feb 18, 2014
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    This chick never lived in Cary. The only Cary has to do with this story is that her mother lives in Cary NOW. This psycho moved to Coats from Alaska, then up to Pennsylvania.

  • Edward Levy Feb 17, 2014
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    I am not surprised by the claim. Shocked yes, but surprised NO

  • SM Feb 17, 2014

    I doubt it too. I think this is very much an issue of someone has a little bit of attention and wants LOTS of attention, so they make an outrageous claim and succeeds in getting what they want.