Sunbury, Pennsylvania: 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 local newspaper has reported.
Miranda Barbour, 19, also said she had killed at least 22 people in different parts of the country, Sunbury, Pennsylvania's Daily Item newspaper said on Saturday, and that she was involved with a Satanic cult. She joind the cult in Alaska at age 13.
"When I hit 22, I stopped counting," she said on the paper's website. She now just wanted to be honest, she said. "I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them," she said.
She and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, in separate appearances at a state court in Sunbury in December 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 Miranda Barbour at the arraignment could not be reached for comment on Saturday, nor could an attorney 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.
Initially, Barbour told police she stabbed the passenger because he groped her and tried to choke her. But on Friday, she admitted to the killing, claiming that Mr LaFerrara "said the wrong things and then things got out of control".
"I remember everything," she said, adding that the November murder was the couple's first. "It is like watching a movie."
She told the newspaper that she agreed to have sex for $100 with Mr LaFerrara, and they met in a mall parking lot before driving to Sunbury. She said she had planned to let Mr LaFerrara out of her Honda CRV but "he said the wrong things".
Barbour said she told Mr LaFerrara that she had just turned 16.
"He told me that it was OK. If he would have said no, that he wasn't going to go through with the arrangement, I would have let him go."
On her signal, Elytte Barbour strangled Mr LaFerrara with a cord while his wife stabbed him about 20 times, police say.
"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."
She is accused of stabbing Mr LaFerrara 20 times as her husband strapped a cord around the victim's neck from the back seat.
Sunbury police chief Steve Mazzeo told the newspaper that investigators have been in contact with authorities in other states. It was not clear if police have any evidence that might link Barbour to killings other than Mr LaFerrara's.
The FBI said on Sunday that its Philadelphia division "has recently been in contact with the Sunbury Police Department regarding Miranda Barbour, and will offer any assistance requested in the case".
Barbour told The Daily Item she felt no remorse for her victims and said she killed only “bad people”.
The newspaper reported that she said she was sexually molested at age four, and that her mother, Elizabeth Dean, confirmed that her sister's husband was later convicted of sexual abuse of a minor.
Barbour, the newspaper said, went on to detail the first time she killed - at age 13 - when she joined a satanic cult in Alaska.
“It was in an alley and he [the cult leader] shot him,” she told The Daily Item. “Then he said to me that it was my turn to shoot him. I hate guns. I don’t use guns. I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger. And then from there I just continued to kill.”
Barbour said she had an “in-house abortion" while in the cult, but the newspaper reported her mother as saying that a doctor told her there were no signs of an ended pregnancy.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against both Barbours. Police have said that Elytte Barbour told investigators the couple were members of a satanic cult and that they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together.
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