A newlywed couple killed for thrills, and they did so by taking out an ad on Craigslist. A Pennsylvania couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death because they wanted to kill someone together, this is what the couple told police investigators, according to MSN News on Dec. 7.
Elytte Barbour and his wife Miranda had planned to kill before they killed this man, but their plans fell through. This time everything went as planned when Troy LaFerrara answered the Craigslist ad promising companionship in return for money.
This very calculated and sick murder started with Elytte hiding in the backseat of the couple’s car while his wife Miranda drove to a mall to pick up LaFerrara. Elytte took a cord and put it around LaFerrara’s neck, restraining him, while Miranda stabbed him numerous times. Police say LaFerrara’s body had over 20 stab wounds.
Miranda Barbour initially denied knowing the victim, but as evidence was gathered her story evolved. When she was told that the last call that came in to LaFerrara’s phone was from her phone number, she couldn’t deny not knowing the man any longer.
In an affidavit Miranda Barbour said she met the victim in Selinsgrove and drove him to Sunbury. There they parked and LaFerrara groped her. She took out a knife that she had between the front seats and stabbed him. She did this after he put his hands around her throat, Miranda said in the affidavit.
When she was done stabbing him, she went to a store to pick up cleaning supplies then picked up her husband and brought him to a strip club for his birthday. Elytte Barbour told police that he was the one who picked up the cleaning supplies, which was backed up by surveillance camera footage from the department store.
Elytte Barbour told the media that he married Miranda on Oct. 22 and she regularly hired herself out as a “companion” to men she’d meet on the various websites she frequented. He said that he supported his wife’s career choice because there was no sex involved.
Miranda’s daily pay would range from $50 to $850 for meeting these men for dinner or to walk around the mall with them. The ads she took out online, including the one on Craigslist that the victim answered, stated that sex was not part of the deal.
Now that Miranda is behind bars, police are looking into the death of a man who fathered a child with Miranda. The child is 1-year-old. This is as much information that Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo would divulge.