Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Dad OK with death penalty for confessed teen thrill-killer

Story Highlights
  • Miranda Barbour’s father would support her execution if she is found guilty.
  • Barbour claimed to have killed at least 22 people as a member of a satanic cult.
  • Her father doesn’t believe her saying she is the most “manipulative” person he’s ever known.

If a jury finds confessed thrill-killer Miranda Barbour guilty of murder, her father says he would support her execution.

Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband have been charged in the premeditated slaying of a 42-year-old central Pennsylvania man. In a jailhouse interview with a reporter from a local newspaper, the Sunbury Daily Item, Barbour also claimed to have killed at least 22 other people as a member of a satanic cult.

Her father, who was given anonymity by the Daily Item, wasn’t buying that.

“I don’t believe her,” he said, calling her the “most manipulative person I have ever known.”

He did allow that Miranda could have been involved with one other slaying, a killing in Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers, however, told the Anchorage Daily News there was no evidence to link her with any unsolved crimes.

But for her father, even one cold-blooded killing would warrant the death penalty.

“I believe God has brought me peace with the fact that capital punishment, if chosen by the jury, is an appropriate end in this situation,” he told the Daily Item.

He said his daughter, who later developed a heroin addiction, had run away from home twice as a young teenager. He said she could have had the opportunity to kill then.

Police said that Miranda Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, lured Troy LaFerrara to his death on Nov. 11 by placing an ad on Craigslist offering sex with Miranda. With LaFerrara in her parked car, Miranda Barbour allegedly stabbed him 20 times as Elytte Barbour strangled LaFerrara from the backseat.

The Northumberland County District Attorney would not comment beyond a statement issued by his office yesterday:

“We note that any information regarding crimes committed in other jurisdictions has been or will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and the FBI for further investigation,” wrote D.A. Anthony J. Rosini.

“As of this date, there has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage regarding prior acts of the defendant, Miranda Barbour.”

A spokeswoman for the FBI, Carrie Adamowski, confirmed agents were assisting local police with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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