Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour shocked the world Saturday with her claims made via a local Pennsylvania newspaper that not only had she wanted to plea guilty to the Troy LaFerrara killing in November, but she felt compelled to confess to murdering at least an additional 22 others over a the last six years. Although she said she had stopped counting at 22, Barbour told The Daily Item reporter Francis Scarcella that the actual number of dead was "less than 100."
Scarcella revealed to TMZ exclusive information Feb. 17 he had not included in his article, noting that Barbour admitted, "It's less than 100," when she was repeatedly pressed to be more forthcoming about the total number of slayings. However, that was as specific as the19-year-old Barbour was going to get.
Francis Scarcella interviewed Barbour on Friday evening, telling CNN that he wasn't allowed to use a notepad or a recording device during his talk with the 19-year-old woman. Barbour was in Northumberland County Prison awaiting trial for the murder of 42-year-old Troy Ferrara, a man she allegedly stabbed 20 times while her husband of three weeks, Elytte Barbour, 22, held him down and strangled him with a rope.
She also told Scarcella that when she killed, she assumed another persona, one she called "Super Miranda."
Although Scarcella wrote in the Daily Item article that Barbour had no remorse for killing all the people she lured to their deaths (she said she "did this to people who did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore"), the reporter told TMZ that she said she killed "bad people" who were mean to children or owed money.
Barbour also confided that she had used one of her favorite knives to kill Troy LaFerrara, one she had used before. She described it as having notches along the blade.
Sunbury Police are investigating Miranda Barbour's claims. They have also notified the FBI to possibly enlist their help in what could be a massive multi-state serial killing investigation. Other states of interest have been notified as well.
In the interview with Scarcella, Barbour admitted to killing at least 23 people. She said she had wanted to plead guilty to the LaFerrara killing but her lawyer, a public defender, would not let her. She said she "stopped counting" the killings at 22 and that she had slayed all the victims due to her involvement in a Satanic cult. She said she had become involved in the cult at the age of 13 while living in Alaska. She was the same age when she killed her first victim.
Over the next six years she killed people not only in Alaska but in California, Texas, and North Carolina.
She said that satanic influences had been a part of the LaFerrara killing as well.
Barbour is also the mother of a 1-year-old whose father is deceased. Sunbury police are investigating his death.
Miranda and Elytte Barbour were married in October 2013, then moved to Pennsylvania. Although Miranda Barbour first claimed the LaFerrara murder was self-defense, her husband of three weeks told police that the couple had planned the killing, wanting to kill someone together. LaFerrara had answered a "companionship" ad on Craigslist in November, contacted Barbour, and agreed to pay her $100 for sex. After confessing to the killing, the teen told Sunbury police that her husband was supposed to kill LaFerrara by himself. Things took a different turn, however, and, while her husband strangled the man, she stabbed him 20 times.
Elytte Barbour told authorities that the couple had planned several other killings but the plans had all gone awry.