Miranda Barbour, 19, is charged with murder and claims she’s killed at least 22 people as part of her involvement in a satanic cult. One man, Lucien Greaves, a spokesperson for The Satanic Temple, told USA Today in an interview published Feb. 18, 2014 that he is skeptical of her claims and believes she is trying to paint herself as a "Dexter" justice killer.
“There is a secular idea that ‘the devil made me do it’ that has turned into ‘Satanism made me do it,’” he told the publication.
Greaves also told USA Today he believes Barbour wants to make people think “she killed for justice sake… She has turned herself into Dexter.”
Barbour is accused of using Craigslist to lure Pennsylvania man, Troy LaFerrara, 42, to a local shopping mall in Nov. 2013 and killing him. Prosecutors say Barbour’s husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, hid in the back of their car as she and Troy drove to Sunbury.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that police say Barbour stabbed Troy around 20 times as her husband strangled him with a cord.
Barbour claims Troy’s murder was her husband’s first killing.
She alleges that because Troy agreed to have sex with her, despite the fact she told him she had just turned 16, she killed him, saying, “…If he would have said no, that he wasn’t going to go through with the arrangement, I would have let him go.”
Barbour said this in an interview from behind bars with The Daily Item, also claiming she has killed before and “stopped counting” when the number of people she murdered “hit 22.”
She noted that she wants to help police with the other murder cases and “can pinpoint on a map” where each victim can be found.
Barbour also told The Daily Item that at the age of 4 she was sexually molested and at 13 a man introduced to her to Satanism and murder.
In addition, she told the newspaper that because Troy agreed to have sex with her, despite the fact she told him she had just turned 16, she killed him, saying, “…If he would have said ‘no,’ that he wasn’t going to go through with the arrangement, I would have let him go.”
Greaves told USA Today that because Satanism is linked with evil in the minds of most, Barbour is likely using it to try and distance herself from the murder.
He also said the practice is actually focused on the quest for knowledge and individuality and that most Satanists today “don’t even believe in the devil.”
As for the number of people Barbour claims to have slaughtered, USA Today reports that a Pennsylvania prosecutor said “no verification” of any additional killings has been made.