Accused Craigslist killer Miranda Dean Barbour, 19, who is charged with murdering a man in Pennsylvania, says she’s actually a serial killer who got her start in Alaska when she joined a satanic cult, but it’s not clear how seriously authorities are taking her claims, the Anchorage Daily News reported on Feb. 17.
Barbour, called the Craigslist killer because she allegedly lured victims via the online classifieds site, gave an interview while in jail in Pennsylvania over the weekend in which she claimed to have killed dozens of people in Alaska, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas during the last six years, which means she would have started her killing spree shortly after becoming a teenager.
According to the Daily News, the so-called Craigslist killer used to live in Alaska, where Barbour says that most of the serial killings took place.
The Craigslist killer and her newlywed husband, Elyette Barbour, 22, are jailed in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, after being arrested in the death of Troy LaFerrara after meeting him via Craigslist, where they had placed an ad offering companionship for money, the Huffington Post reported. The pair allegedly killed LaFerrara after luring him to their car.
Barbour says she stopped counting how many people she killed once the number reached 22, according to WFMZ-TV. The alleged Craigslist killer said she wants to confess and plead guilty, and that she can lead authorities to where all the bodies were buried.
The alleged Craigslist killer said that she joined a satanic cult in Alaska when she turned 13 and began her spree of serial killings at the request of a cult leader.
Pennsylvania authorities said that they are investigating the alleged Craigslist killer claims, but it’s not clear if Barbour’s account of the killings is to be believed. Because of the President’s Day holiday on Monday, some authorities weren’t available to immediately comment on the claims. The Sunbury Police Department has called in the FBI.
Barbour’s attorney is said to be seeking a mental health evaluation of his client.