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March 30, 2014

Suspect: 'No shows' escaped death by Craigslist

Miranda Barbour says victim wasn't first to reply to online ad

SUNBURY, Pa. — Miranda Barbour says other central Pennsylvania men responded to her Craigslist ad before murder victim Troy LaFerrara of Port Trevorton, but they dodged death when they failed to appear for her  promise of female companionship.

“I tried it a few times but it never worked out,” Barbour recounted in her second jailhouse interview in six weeks. “I knew we were going to do this since the day we met, and we tried but the others just didn’t show up."

Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are charged in the November 11 stabbing and strangulation death of LaFerrara, 42, in the couple’s car. Police said LaFerrara was lured to his death through a Craisgslist website ad.

Miranda claimed in her first jailhouse interview on Feb. 14 at the Northumberland County Prison that she committed at least 22 other killings over the last six years in a cross-country murder spree driven by her satanic cult beliefs.

The second jailhouse interview occurred Tuesday at the State Correctional Institution in Muncy, a maximum security women’s prison where she was moved after the sensational details of the first interview drew widespread media attention.

She again repeated her claims of multiple murders and said she has not been questioned by federal authorities about them even though she was prepared to locate where some of them had occurred from Alaska to Florida and North Carolina.

“I said before I would talk to them (FBI) about all of this,” she said, “but they never came to see me.”

Three murder locations mentioned by Barbour in her second jailhouse interview were Big Lake, Alaska; Mexico Beach, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.

Local investigators in all three places told The Daily Item they were taking Mrs. Barbour’s claims seriously, but they have no unsolved homicides that they know about.

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