The father of Miranda Barbour, the woman accused in a Craigslist killing in Pennsylvania and who has claimed to have killed dozens -- but less than 100 -- people in the past six years, says that there is "no way" his daughter is a serial killer. Sonny Dean says that his daughter is quite the manipulator and liar, although it is possible that she might have killed more than one person. And if convicted of the murder of Troy LaFerrara, he said he would support her execution.
Sonny Dean reached out Feb. 19 to the Sunbury Daily Item, the same media outlet that broke the story that Northumberland County Prison may currently hold a prolific serial killer, to say that Miranda Barbour was a heroin addict that had been in and out of treatment facilities for years and was likely not telling the truth.
“Believe very little of what Miranda says. She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty. I would be very surprised if any evidence was found concerning other victims in the states of Alaska, Texas, California and North Carolina.”
The states Sonny Dean mentioned were the same states in which Miranda Barbour confessed to killing people. In a jailhouse interview last Friday, she told Daily Item reporter Francis Scarcella that she had started killing at the age of 13 as a member of a satanic cult. She also said she stopped counting at 22 deaths but, when pressed as to how many she may have ultimately killed, admitted the number would be less than 100.
Her father said in a phone interview that although shocked by her being accused of murder, she is simply a liar.
“Miranda lives in a fantasy world made up in her own mind,” Dean continued. “She craves attention, is selfish, dishonest and manipulative,” he said. “I will always love her. However, only God knows what she needs or how to reach through to her. To say the past few months have been challenging and stressful is a gross understatement.”
Dean's words seem to be in agreement with others that know his daughter. A friend of Miranda Barbour's who knew her when she lived in North Carolina told Inside Edition she believed it was just a cry for attention.
Still, Sonny Dean, who lives in Texas, admitted that a younger Miranda might have killed someone in Alaska, because she ran away from home twice, both times for a period of around 48 hours. He said her tales of killing in Texas were untrue, because she never left his sight while she was there.
But Pennsylvania authorities believe that, whether or not any of her claims of serial killing pan out, Miranda Barbour is responsible for the death of one man: Troy LaFerrara. Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, are charged in the murder of the 42-year-old man, accused of luring him to his death via a Craigslist "companionship" ad. Police say Elytte Barbour confessed to killing LaFerrara with his wife after the man agreed to a $100 sex transaction, met Miranda Barbour at a mall, then drove to Sunbury where the couple killed him. While her husband of barely three weeks strangled LaFerrara with a rope and held him down, the 19-year-old stabbed him 20 times.
Miranda Barbour told Scarcella in her interview that she had no remorse for her victims, something that Sonny Dean later said he had difficulty digesting. But the teen also said she needed to talk about the killings she had done under the influence of satanism. She also said that if she were set free, she would kill again.
Dean did not dispute his daughter's satanism claims, noting that satanism was part of the world and growing stronger. He admitted he was a Christian and had raised Miranda and his other children "the importance of integrity, honesty and compassion for others" and her lack of remorse and vow to kill again "hurts me deeply.”
He told Scarcella that he supported the death penalty and that if his daughter was convicted of murdering Troy LaFerrara, he would hold the widow's hand and pray something good would come from it all.
Adding to the tragic play is that Miranda Barbour has a 1-year-old child. She claims the father is dead, murdered, but that she didn't have anything to do with his death. Police in the states named by Barbour are currently attempting to verify her claims. Law enforcement in Pennsylvania are investigating the death of the child's father. The FBI has confirmed that its resources are available should it prove that they are required.