New Castle News

Closer Look

February 16, 2014

Teen mom says she's a mass murderer

Sunbury, Pa. — A diminutive teenage mother charged with the stabbing death of a central Pennsylvania man she lured with an online companionship ad says she has been on a cross-country murder spree since she became involved with a satanic cult six years ago.

Miranda Barbour, 19, made the shocking admission to the Sunbury Daily Item during a recorded interview Friday in the library of the Northumberland County Prison where she is an inmate.

The soft-spoken, five-foot tall Barbour could not recall specifically how many murders she had committed, saying: “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.”

She said some of the slayings occurred in Alaska, Texas, California and North Carolina and that she had no remorse because she killed only “bad people.”

Barbour said she confessed to the murder spree because “it is time for me to be honest and I feel I need to be honest.” She said she is willing to work with authorities “to pinpoint … on a map” where the murders occurred.

Sunbury police said they are working with authorities from several states and the FBI regarding Barbour’s possible involvement with unsolved murders elsewhere. The investigation includes looking into the death of a man with whom Barbour had a 1-year-old child.

“From information we gathered, we are seriously concerned and have been in contact with proper authorities,” said Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo.

Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are accused of killing Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, Pa.. three months ago. Both are being held without bail.

LaFerrara’s body, with 20 stab wounds, was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury. Police said he had responded to a Craigslist posting promising female companionship in exchange for money.

The murder occurred three weeks after the Barbours were married and had moved to the Sunbury area from North Carolina. Elytte Barbour told police at the time of the couple’s arrest in early December that they had planned to kill someone to celebrate their marriage, and that his wife took him to a strip club afterwards as a birthday present.

Miranda Barbour said in her jailhouse interview that she became associated with a satanic cult when she was 13 and living in Alaska with her mother. She said she came under the influence of the cult leader and that he helped her kill her first victim.

“It was in an alley and he shot him,” she said. “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.”

Eventually, she said, she moved to North Carolina, had a baby and sought “to start over and forget everything I did. I knew something was bad inside me and the satanic beliefs brought it out. I embraced it.”

(Francis Scarcella is a reporter with the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item.)

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • Local pastor helping fire victims

    A local pastor is opening up donation avenues to help two families who lost their homes to fire this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • First Energy to replace transmission line

    FirstEnergy Corp. has plans to rebuild a power transmission line between the West Pittsburg plant and a Mahoningtown substation.

    April 18, 2014

  • school.jpg Union to return assistant principal post

    The Union Area School District will have a new administrator when the 2014-15 school year starts. The board voted 8-0 Wednesday night to hire an assistant principal. Debra Allebach was absent.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Calen.tiff Callen gets state honors

    Robert Callen has been selected to receive a state award for his contribution to local government in Pennsylvania. Callen, 58, executive director of the Lawrence County Regional Council of Governments, received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bobosky.jpg Gas holdouts unconvinced of safety

    When Suzanne Matteo and her husband, Martin, bought their house on four acres in Pulaski Township they had a plan. They would grow a huge vegetable garden, raise lots of flowers and a few chickens and enjoy the fresh air and quiet.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miller.jpg Wilmington superintendent discusses common core

    The Wilmington district has no reason to fear new Pennsylvania Core standards, superintendent Dr. Michelle Miller said. She talked about the standards to approximately two dozen residents at the school board’s monthly pre-meeting Monday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shreck.tiff Schreck reappointed Shenango superintendent

    Dr. Michael Schreck has been reappointed as Shenango’s superintendent for a five-year term. The school board approved his reappointment by an 8-0 vote Monday. Nicholas Manolis was absent.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Congressional candidate disqualified

    Commonwealth Court has removed a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat from the May 20 primary ballot. Judge Bernard L. McGinley has invalidated the nomination petitions of Mel A. Marin of Sharon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Shenango passes tax abatement

    Shenango Township supervisors unanimously approved a tax abatement for Blackwatch Properties LLC when they met Thursday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage