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
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, and that she was
involved with a Satanic cult.
"When I hit 22, I stopped counting," she said on the paper's
website. She now just wanted to be honest, 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 Nov. 11 killing of 42-year-old Troy
LaFerrara, whose body was found dumped in an alley in
A public defender who represented Miranda Barbour at the
arraignment could not be reached for comment, 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.
Prosecutors say the husband hid under a blanket in the back
of their car when his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall near
Harrisburg, about 50 miles (80 km) south of Sunbury.
On her signal, Elytte Barbour strangled 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."
A Sunbury police investigator on the case could not be
reached for comment.
It was not clear if police have any evidence that might link
Miranda Barbour to killings other than LaFerrara's.
Sunbury Police Corporal Brad Hare in December told Reuters
the Barbours "just wanted to murder someone together".