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Skepticism Clouds Miranda Barbour Craigslist Killer Claims

Skepticism Clouds Miranda Barbour Craigslist Killer Claims
Skepticism Clouds Miranda Barbour Craigslist Killer Claims
The Pennsylvania teen charged in the murder of a man she met on Craigslist admitted Friday to killing dozens more during the last six years.

But many say they just aren't buying Miranda Barbour's latest story.

"We haven't established yet that she's a serial killer. There are plenty of people who have taken credit for crimes they didn't do."

Nineteen-year-old Barbour and her newlywed husband originally pleaded not guilty in the death of Troy LaFerrara, who was found stabbed to death in an alley back in November. (Via ABC)

But police say she lured 42-year-old LaFerrara in with a Craigslist ad offering sexual favors for $100 on the couple's three-week wedding anniversary because they wanted to kill someone together.

And during an interview with The Daily Item from her prison cell Friday, Barbour said she wants to change her plea to guilty - and says she has killed at least 22 other people as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.

Francis Scarcella, the reporter for the Daily Item said, "You can take all of the numbers that she threw around and all of that out. But the more surprising thing to me would be the fact that she said if she got out she would do it again."

Police later told the paper that they have contacted the FBI and authorities in other states about Barbour's shocking admission, and an investigation is now underway. And while Barbour has claimed membership in a satanic cult, no group has stepped forward to recognize her as a member.

A representative for the Church of Satan told CNN, "Thorough investigation will likely demonstrate that this cult story is fiction."

And authorities not associated with the investigation have also expressed their skepticism.

"It isn't the work of a serial killer. Serial killers are organized offenders. This is just a disorganized robbery gone bad. It almost sounds like she's trying to make herself into something that she's not."

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both Barbour and her husband. The couple's attorneys have requested their clients undergo psychiatric evaluation before standing trial.

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eaglephoenix2 February 18 2014 at 2:05 PM

There's something wrong with the world today, I don't know what it is.............

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marcsmpsn eaglephoenix2 February 18 2014 at 2:08 PM

I do, it's mental illness

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abcstarfoxstil eaglephoenix2 February 18 2014 at 10:21 PM

Mankind is devolving.

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bushnellpacking February 18 2014 at 4:32 PM

Good luck at getting the death penalty on her. This is her first offense and will get "life in prison" if anything.

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dralfredotaule bushnellpacking February 18 2014 at 5:34 PM

If it was Texas or Florida she would be executed!

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Cary dralfredotaule February 18 2014 at 11:23 PM

i dont belive in executetion what good does it do god doesnot kill people no one els should eather

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madkono February 18 2014 at 1:27 PM

she's been killing for the last 6 years, and only now she's been caught!!! i don't think there ever were too many 13yo's, who could be that slippery!!!

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Psych Doc February 18 2014 at 1:26 PM

LOLOL.....This girl is not a serial killer but certainly a murderer........She doesn't fit any profile that I know.........Serial killers who randomly kill are usually older, male, minorities, and drifters......Plus, they are much smarter than her in that they do not want to be detected.........Likewise, the whole satanic killing thing is a lore and mythical........She is likely an immature, impulsive, angry, and really inept sociopath......

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Lynda February 18 2014 at 4:44 PM

She's a pathetic little (well, not so little) brat desperate for attention. Yawn.

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ta2lule February 18 2014 at 1:23 PM

PS Its threw not through...you need s proof reader for typos!

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bs082156 February 18 2014 at 1:23 PM

Mental illness here; probably a very mild type of unrecognized - bipolar - in the mania phase you get this kind of stuff- they fell unreasonable good and high, and just off.
I so wish - the majority of people would get it that mental illness has risen very fast and they might just consider that the War on Drugs is really about mental illness.

Drug abuse is comorbid with mental illness, Mental illness is comorbid with brain injuries (even slight) and that autism that has also risen is just the tip of the ice berg of the profound amount of lesser brain injuries through out our society. What is a lot of parents claiming called autism?

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bs082156 bs082156 February 18 2014 at 1:24 PM

Sorry: I should have checked my post better.
Last sentence;
What are a lot of parents claiming they have witnessed - that caused autism?

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agselman4 bs082156 February 18 2014 at 1:31 PM

You are so right that its frightening. A lot of people do not see this. Hope people see what you wrote.

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misty807 February 18 2014 at 1:21 PM

send her and him to death!

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fennris February 18 2014 at 1:20 PM

So the Church of Satan has an official spokesperson that talks to CNN. Maybe Fox news isn't so bad after all?

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drummind21311 fennris February 18 2014 at 1:28 PM

What's wrong with the Church of Satan?

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mbrheljr February 18 2014 at 5:59 PM

What kind of sick puppy is so desperate for attention that they would claim to be a serial killer, if they aren't one?

I know of some old cons that have made such false claims in order to get out of prison so they can accompany detectives to alleged crime scenes.

But, the latter did that in order to get a brief break from prison, like a student who goes on a field trip to get out of the classroom.

But, this one? She's what...18?

I'm certainly not suggesting an insanity defense.

I'm sure her lawyer can come up with that on their own.

All I'm saying is she is one twisted person...

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Cary mbrheljr February 18 2014 at 11:19 PM

i think your right

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