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Pa. Craigslist killing suspect's dad: She's a liar

Skepticism Clouds Miranda Barbour Craigslist Killer Claims

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - The father of a Pennsylvania woman who with her newlywed husband is charged with killing a man she met through Craigslist said he would support his daughter's execution if she is found guilty and even hold the hand of the victim's widow.

Sonny Dean also told The Daily Item newspaper (http://bit.ly/1kZb38H ) on Wednesday that he believes his 19-year-old daughter, Miranda Barbour, may have been involved in one other murder besides the Nov. 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in Sunbury.

Police said LaFerrara met the young woman through her Craigslist ad, which offered companionship in exchange for money.

Investigators allege Miranda Barbour stabbed LaFerrara of Port Trevorton about 20 times in her parked car as her husband, Elytte Barbour, held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley.

Dean told the newspaper that his daughter was a heroin addict and is a liar and manipulator, but he doesn't think she is a mass murderer. "Miranda lives in a fantasy world," he said.

Miranda Barbour told The Daily Item last Friday she killed fewer than 100 people but stopped counting at 22. She said she lured a man into an alley in Alaska and watched as the leader of a satanic cult to which she belonged shot the man before telling Barbour it was her turn.

"Believe very little of what Miranda says," said Dean, of Texas. "She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty."

It is possible she participated in a killing in Alaska, he said. He also did not dispute her claim of being a satanist.

"The reason I think that the Alaska incident is a possibility is that Miranda ran away from home at least two times that I remember, both for over a 48-hour period," he said. "Once was around the age of 13 and once was sometime the following year, when she was 14. I don't know what took place during either of those 48-hour periods."

Dean said he prays for peace and comfort each morning for LaFerrara's family, especially the victim's widow, Colleen LaFerrara.

In a prepared statement to the family, he said if a jury decides his daughter should be executed, "I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this."

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Joseph Durbin February 20 2014 at 12:49 PM

The biggest issue with this is that just go on any cities Craig's List single's section.
Whether checking regular singles Men seeking Women, strictly platonic or whatever. The sites are filled with prostitution. Craig's list should be forced to shut down their single's site because it condones the trafficking of young women and children today is a general practice and it amazes me how Craigs list still has murderers caught, admitting to using the site, yet they are allowed to use it. Yes you can hear all you want that the local police use the site to catch people but enough with it being allowed up when murderers use it or even when purchasing an item from the site you have to be so careful in meeting the people to make the exchange in a public place. Tough to try out electronic or music equipment in the parking lot of a restaurant because you are afraid to meet at someone's hours. Close them down.

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Hi Gram, Ty&Dill February 20 2014 at 9:47 AM

I think this girl is claiming more murders to get more attention. There is something called "Histrionic Disorder". I think my daughter has it too. She's not killed anyone (that I know of) but displays outlandish behavior , dresses oddly, anything to get attention. She uses drugs, has every ailment ever invented, shoplifts often, married a kid 13 yrs. younger than her, milks the system beyond belief. She taught her 15 yr old son how to use drugs, had him selling them for her. He is now living with his uncle. Also has 11 yr. old son she hasn't allowed us to see for almost a year. I worry about him every day. It doesn't matter how you raise a kid or what you try to teach them, sometimes it just doesn't stick. She has been defiant since she was 3.

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jim Hi Gram, Ty&Dill February 20 2014 at 12:17 PM

Sorry 4 you~!

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BABS February 20 2014 at 9:50 AM

if she did some of these things when she was young Why didn't the Dad get her help then?\> & Where was her Mother. & if she did kill them where atre all these bodies & make her take A polygraft test . one other question. if she kiilled them over the years & Why was someone looking for them?


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milliesnickelfritz BABS February 20 2014 at 10:42 AM

Maybe he tried to help her - some people are beyond help no matter how hard the family tries. They make their family a victim as well.

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HHHHHHHHHH February 20 2014 at 12:20 PM

1 BULLET, and my tax dollars wont be wasted..!

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michelle February 20 2014 at 3:14 PM

The man would be alive today if he got his kicks at home with his wife instead of answering a craig's list "companionship"-for-money ad. I feel sorry for his wife. Not only does she have to mourn his death, but, she has to come to terms that he was going to cheat on her and maybe this was not the 1st time.

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JUANITA michelle February 20 2014 at 4:07 PM

Wow, really great, blaming the victim for his death. So you're so perfect that you can judge a dead man who isn't around to defend himself??? You have no idea what he was going through at the time or why he did what he did, but that doesn't justify killing him in such a horrific way. No one deserves to be killed, unless they committed an awful murder, then they should be executed. They didn't have any mercy on that poor man, why should they deserve any mercy???

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gaWdeSs JUANITA February 20 2014 at 5:01 PM

Some deaths are caused by the ignorance of the person that died, and they take along others with them as well. You have to be smarter than the rest of the world. The victim in this situation was responsible for himself, and his decisions. It's unfortunate with what happened, but meeting someone up in an ad is him using his animalistic "brain", and just thinking he would be okay afterwards in this day and age? Come on now. There is a difference between internet dating, and responding to an ad to do something together.

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brandma6585 February 20 2014 at 10:15 AM

Why am I reading about crazy cash and a vet taking care of Vern? Can we stickk to the article at hand?
This sounds so familiar - ex: Charles Manson murderers. It's sad that the parents give up on the girl, but sometimes parents just reach their breaking point too.

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Marie McClusky February 20 2014 at 10:19 AM

Anyone who meets anyone they met on Craigs list has a screw loose - there have been numerous murders and robberies from people meeting people on Craigs list -
Here is Arkansas in a small town of Searcy a man met a couple from craigs list to sell I believe it was a ring - they met in an empty parking lot where he was robbed -
People get a clue - meeting people you have never met before so it in a very public place and stay away from Craigs list

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Marie McClusky February 20 2014 at 10:21 AM

She knows her life is over - execution or life in prison - so this is her 15 minutes of fame - and she is getting it - what does she have to lose - or she is a very clever person who knows all this will most likely be decided that she is mentally ill and she gets away with this murder -

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soulalone1 February 20 2014 at 11:04 AM

Sick people running around! I feel sorry for this man's family but you better think twice about using Craigslist for dating or sex. Dangerous game people are playing with their lives.

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Postalpal soulalone1 February 20 2014 at 11:50 AM

WHY hasn't law enforcement shut CL down?

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Denise February 20 2014 at 2:55 PM

Wow! Makes you wonder if the dad tried to get her help after the run aways and it failed. To stand with the family of the victim is going to be the hardest thing he will ever do. So many thoughts on this and all I can say is its a sad situation for all involved. So many people out there that are sick. It doesn't say anything on the husbands fate. He also s/b hung!

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