Teen admits to killing ‘dozens,’ some from Craigslist, starting at age 13
SUNBURY, Penn. – A 19-year-old woman accused of luring a man to his death admitted she has killed dozens before him.
When asked the actual number she has killed, she said, “Under 100.”
Francis Scarcella, a reporter for the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pennsylvania finally got a jailhouse interview with 19-year-old Miranda Barbour Friday.
He said Barbour floored him with her claims of killing dozens of people, starting when she was just 13 years old.
Barbour claims her victims span from Alaska to Texas and California to North Carolina.
Scarcella said he asked Miranda if she had any remorse whatsoever.
She said “none.”
“When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” Barbour is quoted as saying in a phone interview from Northumberland County Prison on Friday night. “I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them.”
Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo told CNN that investigators have been in contact with the FBI and law enforcement in some of the states where Barbour has lived.
Barbour told the newspaper she had her first experience with killing when she just 13, shortly after she said she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.
Authorities are looking closely at Barbour’s claims that she was involved in Satanism, according to another law enforcement source close to the investigation.
Public defender Edward Greco, who is representing Barbour, told CNN he was not aware that his client was planning to give the interview.
Barbour requested the interview that was recorded on audio at the Northumberland County Prison, according to the Daily Item.
The reporter, Francis Scarcella, told CNN he was not allowed to bring in a notepad or any other recording device. He said police allowed him to listen to the interview after it was conducted.
“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 is quoted as saying.
Greco would not comment on the accuracy of Barbour’s claims.
Investigators said they believe Barbour had Craigslist encounters with at least 30 men, according to a source close to the investigation.
Police are trying to find those men, the source said.
The father of Barbour’s 1-year-old child is deceased.
Sunbury police have said his death is part of their investigation.
Greco says the Craigslist case is still moving forward, and a trial date has not been set.
Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, face several charges including criminal homicide in that case. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The Barbours are accused of luring Troy LaFerrara, 42, through a “companionship” ad on Craigslist, and stabbing and strangling him to death on November 11, 2013.
The couple, married for only three weeks at the time of the slaying, just wanted to kill someone together, police said.
They moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania after they tied the knot.
Elytte Barbour told police at the time that he and his wife had tried to kill others but the plans didn’t work out.
“I remember everything,” she told the Daily Item, adding the November killing was the couple’s first. “It is like watching a movie.”
After connecting on Craigslist and agreeing to have sex for $100, according to her interview with the Daily Item, Miranda Barbour met LaFerrara at a mall parking lot and drove to Sunbury.
She stabbed LaFerrara 20 times with a knife in the front seat of her red Honda CR-V while her husband tied a cable cord around his neck, police said.
LaFerrara’s body was found in the backyard of a home in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, on Nov. 12.
The last number dialed on his cell phone led police to the Barbours, according to authorities.
Miranda Barbour told the Daily Item that she felt no remorse for her victims and said she killed only “bad people.”
“If I were to be released, I would do this again,” Barbour is quoted as saying.