A Pa. man and his wife, married only three weeks, committed an unspeakable and demonic crime together as one of their first acts as a married couple. Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, lured a stranger using a Craigslist ad, then murdered him because they “wanted to kill someone together,” reports The USA Today on Saturday.
Troy LaFerrara, 42, responded to the Barbour’s ad that promised companionship in return for money. LaFerrara was found in any alleyway on Nov. 12 in Sunbury, a small city northwest of Philadelphia. The Barbours had recently moved to the nearby town of Selinsgrove, Pa.
USA Today picks up the story:
“According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid in the backseat of the couple's SUV as his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall on Nov. 11. He told police that, on his wife's signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.”
The couple told police that they had planned to kill together, for the “thrill.” LaFerrara was stabbed 20 times.
Elytte Barbour said his wife, whom he married on Oct. 22, regularly hired herself out as a “companion” to lonely men she came in contact with online, but insisted the encounters were not sexual. LaFerrara responded to one such ad.
USA Today said Barbour’s wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 for meeting with men for casual outings, and that her ads on Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal.
Good to know that sex is off limits, but murder? No word on that.
“She is not a prostitute,” Elytte said. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”
Both face criminal homicide charges.
According to her husband, Miranda Barbour has a one-year-old child whose father is dead. When asked Friday night about the child’s biological father, Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo said his death is being looked at as suspicious and their investigation may expand to other states.