Murder of Troy LaFerrara

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Troy LaFerrara was a Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania man murdered on November 11, 2013. Miranda Barbour and her husband, Elytte Barbour, were found guilty and sentenced to life in prison on September 2014.[1] The murder is notable because of the unsubstantiated claim by one of the killers, Miranda Barbour, that she had murdered at least 22 other people, triggering worldwide news coverage of the case.[2]


The couple met Troy LaFerrara through an ad on Craigslist, where Miranda offered to have sex with him in exchange for payment.[3][4] Elytte has publicly denied that Miranda is a sex worker. He said that she met men that paid her for "delightful conversation."[5] Miranda has stated that she agreed to meet LaFerrara for sex, charging $100.[6]

On November 11, 2013, Miranda allegedly met LaFerrara at the Susquehanna Valley Mall parking lot in Hummels Wharf, Pennsylvania. After settling on payment, Miranda and LaFerrara then drove six miles to Sunbury, a small city located about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.[7] Elytte Barbour told police that he hid under a blanket in the backseat waiting.[8] After she allowed LaFerrara into her vehicle, Miranda signaled to Elytte, who jumped out and wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck as Miranda stabbed him 20 times in their Honda CR-V.[9] LaFerrara's body was discovered the next day, November 12, 2013, in a residential backyard in Sunbury.

Police said after Miranda and Elytte dumped LaFerrara's body, the couple then bought bleach wipes, towels, and cleaning liquid to remove the blood from inside the vehicle and then went to dinner. According to the arrest affidavit, Elytte said the couple killed LaFerrara because they just wanted to murder someone together.[10]

According to police, the Barbours initially denied even knowing LaFerrara, but police traced the last call from LaFerrara's phone to Miranda's phone. As the investigation developed, the couple's stories allegedly changed from Miranda's story of self-defense to a mutual confession to premeditated murder.[11] The killing allegedly was a thrill killing, timed for three weeks after the couple's wedding, police have said.

Miranda Barbour, 19, and Elytte Barbour, 22, pled not guilty to first-degree murder charges that carried a possible death penalty upon conviction. Both were convicted of first-degree murder 2015 and sentenced to life in prison


Miranda Barbour[edit]

Miranda Barbour
Miranda Kamille Dean[12][13]

(1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 26)[13]
Elytte Barbour
(m. 2013)
Criminal chargeMurder, aggravated assault, robbery and possession of an instrument of crime[14]

In an interview with the Sunbury Daily Item, Miranda Barbour claimed she was molested by a relative at the age of four. Barbour's mother confirmed that Miranda's uncle was charged with sexual abuse of a minor and sentenced to 19 years in prison.[15] Barbour claimed that she joined a satanic cult at the age of 13 and soon after committed her first murder when the cult leader forced her to shoot a man indebted to their cult.[15] She claimed to be responsible for the deaths of "at least 22 people" between 2008 and 2013.[16][17] This claim triggered worldwide media attention and led to investigations of the claim by the FBI and other police forces.[2]

A Northumberland County District Attorney told The Daily Item that he was skeptical of Miranda's claims, saying "We have been in contact with other law enforcement agencies where she has lived and haven't received any information verifying what she said."[18] The Alaska State Troopers released a statement saying they have no evidence Barbour committed any murders during her time in Alaska.[19]

Elytte Barbour[edit]

Elytte Barbour
Elytte Barbour

(1991-11-11) November 11, 1991 (age 29) [4]
Miranda Barbour
(m. 2013)
Criminal chargeMurder, aggravated assault, robbery and possession of an instrument of crime[14]

Elytte Barbour graduated from Triton High School in 2010.[20] He married Miranda (née Dean) on October 22, 2013 when they were residing in Dunn, North Carolina.[20][21]

On September 18, 2014, both were sentenced to life without parole.[22][14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Radhika Sanghani (19 April 2018). "The girl who killed a man for kicks". BBC.
  3. ^ Draznin, Haley, Welch, Chris, Candiotti, Susan (February 16, 2014). "Woman accused in Craigslist slaying tells newspaper: I've killed lots of others". CNN.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b "Newlyweds Accused of Thrill-Kill Craigslist Murder". ABC News. December 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Scarcella, Francis (2013-12-04). "Husband of stabbing suspect says his wife is not a 'cold killer'". The Daily Item. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  6. ^ Gilger, Mark (2014-02-17). "Satanic serial killer? DA skeptical about Miranda Barbour's claims she killed more than 20 others". The News-Item. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  7. ^ "Newlyweds Elytte And Miranda Barbour Killed A Man For Fun, Police Say". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Former North Pole Resident Says She Killed More than 22 People in Last Six Years". Alaska Native News-News for the People of the Last Frontier. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  9. ^ "US newlyweds arrested after Craigslist murder". The Telegraph. December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Pennsylvania newlyweds just wanted to murder someone together: police". Reuters. December 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Van Olson, Cora. "Police: Young 'couple just wanted to murder someone together'". CrimeLibrary. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Investigations launched into former Alaskan's claims she killed 22 people". Anchorage Daily News. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  13. ^ a b Inmate/Parolee locator
  14. ^ a b c John Beauge (September 18, 2014). "Couple sentenced to life in prison in Pa. Craigslist murder case". Penn Live.
  15. ^ a b Scarcella, Francis. "Barbour body count at 22?". The Daily Item. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Craigslist Murder Suspect Says She Killed 22 Others". ABC News. February 16, 2014.
  17. ^ "Miranda Barbour claims satanic killing spree across US". BBCNews. February 16, 2014.
  18. ^ Satanic serial killer? DA skeptical about Miranda Barbour's claims she killed more than 20 others, Mark Gilger, The Daily Item, 17 February 2014
  19. ^ Troopers: No evidence Miranda Barbour linked to Alaska killings Archived 2014-02-19 at the Wayback Machine, Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, Feb. 18, 2014
  20. ^ a b "Police: Newlyweds killed man for thrills". ABC. 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  21. ^ McDonald, Thomasi (2014-02-18). "RALEIGH: Woman who claims that she's a serial killer has Cary ties". Cary News. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
  22. ^ "Craigslist killers Miranda and Elytte Barbour get life term". BBC News. 18 September 2014.