In an idealistic world, Craigslist is the epitome of sheer convenience. Visitors can stumble upon anything from platonic friendships and writing gigs to rare antiques and concert tickets. And while people primarily use the website for its intended use, a select few have manipulated its power for more deranged initiatives.
Most recently, Pennsylvania newlyweds Miranda and Elytte Barbour took to Craigslist to conjure up their own sickly-twisted plot, all in celebration of their three-week wedding anniversary. Even more disturbingly, there seems to be no remorse from either party.
Miranda, 19, was charged with the murder of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara, a man looking to pay for companionship on the popular site. Last November, the two began driving to Sunbury, PA after meeting in a shopping mall parking lot, authorities say. After receiving a signal from his wife, Elytte,22, allegedly jumped up from under a backseat blanket and wrapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck.
According to authorities, Miranda then stabbed the victim more than 20 times before dumping him in an alley, where he was found dead the next day. Investigators are calling the random act of a horror, a “thrill kill”. In other words, the couple did it for fun. Both Miranda and Troy pleaded not guilty to the murder last November.
But now, Miranda seems boastful in her jailhouse interview, admitting to the murder. Is this because she feels she is doing some sort of sick social justice? The disturbed young woman revealed that she has been killing since she was 13, citing a satanic cult she joined in Alaska before moving to North Carolina as the influence behind her slaying ways.
According to the accused murderer, she’s doing society a favor. She claims to only ‘kill bad people’, a standard all to familiar to fans of the chilling Showtime series Dexter. This type of sensationalized attention is a spot on example of how the media oftentimes glorifies criminals. This instant fame can send a dangerous message. “If they want to be famous, kill someone,” explained Northeastern Criminologist Jack Levin in an interview with MyFoxBoston.com.
In the past six years, she claims to have killed at least 22 additional people from Alaska to North Carolina. “When I hit 22, I stopped counting,” she said to Pennsylvania’s Daily Item Newspaper. “ I remember everything. It is like watching a movie.”
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the Barbours, while the defendants’ attorneys are targeting psychiatric evaluations.