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'Craigslist killer' claims 22 murders

Miranda Barbour says a man she killed after meeting on online classified-ads site Craigslist, was just one of dozens.

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A woman charged with the murder of a man lured to a Pennsylvania rendezvous through the website Craigslist has admitted to the killing in an interview from jail, a newspaper reports.

Miranda Barbour, 19, also said she had killed at least 22 people in different parts of the country and was involved with a satanic cult, The Daily Item newspaper reported.

When I hit 22, I stopped counting. 

"When I hit 22, I stopped counting," the Sunbury, Pennsylvania, newspaper's website quoted Ms Barbour saying on Saturday. She now just wanted to be honest, she said.

Admits to killing LaFerrara: Miranda Barbour comes clean over her role in killing of 42-year-old. She's seen here after her preliminary hearing on December 2013.

Admitted to killing Troy LaFerrara: Miranda Barbour comes clean over her role in murder of a 42-year-old. She is seen here after her preliminary hearing in December. Photo: AP

In separate appearances at a state court in Sunbury in December, Ms Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22,  pleaded not guilty to the November 11 killing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury.

A public defender who represented Ms Barbour at the arraignment could not be reached for comment on, nor could a lawyer for her husband.

The Daily Item, which has a circulation of about 25,000, has been following the case closely, reporting on the Barbours' arrest, a police search of their home and court hearings for the two defendants.

Prosecutors say the husband hid under a blanket in the back of their car when his wife picked up Mr LaFerrara at a mall near Harrisburg, about 80 kilometres south of Sunbury.

Police say that on Ms Barbour's signal, Mr Barbour strangled Mr LaFerrara with a cord while his wife stabbed him about 20 times.

"He said the wrong things and then things got out of control," she said. "I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed. My husband was just supposed to strangle him."

A Sunbury police investigator on the case could not be reached for comment on Saturday.

It was not clear if police have any evidence that might link Ms Barbour to killings other than Mr LaFerrara's.

Sunbury Police Corporal Brad Hare told Reuters in December that the Barbours "just wanted to murder someone together". 

Reuters