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Sister: Pa. Craigslist killing suspect Miranda Barbour is lying

Father Of Craigslist Killer Suspect Calls Her A Liar

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A woman charged with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they allegedly lured through Craigslist made up the claim that she killed more than 20 people and is drawing on the escapades of television serial killer "Dexter," her sister said.

Miranda Barbour is "a master at lying," sister Ashley Dean told The Daily Item newspaper of Sunbury, Pa.

"She takes a lot of truths and puts the lie in the middle so when people talk to her they see all these truths and then they believe the lie," Dean told the newspaper.

Dean said she hasn't spoken to her sister since Barbour was arrested Dec. 3. When she heard her sister had been arrested, she assumed it was for drugs because her sister had a drug problem.

The 19-year-old Barbour was in Northumberland County court on Tuesday morning for a pretrial hearing.

Barbour is awaiting trial on charges she killed a man she allegedly lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship for money. She and her husband, Elytte Barbour, have pleaded not guilty.

Investigators allege the young woman stabbed 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara about 20 times in her parked car as Elytte Barbour held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley.

In a jailhouse interview with The Daily Item, Barbour admitted to LaFerrara's slaying and said she had killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult. She told the newspaper that she targeted people "who did bad things and didn't deserve to be here anymore."

Investigators say they have found no evidence to substantiate her claims about a cross-country killing spree.

Ashley Dean said Elytte Barbour loved the TV show "Dexter," and suggested that her sister was repeating its justifications for killing.

"If you listen to what she is saying, she is using descriptions from the show," Dean told The Daily Item.

In "Dexter," a Miami Police Department blood-spatter analyst secretly sought out proven killers and killed them to prevent them from finding more victims.

Dean's assertions make her at least the second relative to cast doubt on her tale. Barbour's father, Sonny Dean, told The Daily Item in February that his daughter was a heroin addict, a liar and a manipulator who "lives in a fantasy world."

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Big Daddy April 02 2014 at 3:08 AM

Quit giving her the headlines that she craves and give her the needle instead

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mdparalegal1 April 02 2014 at 2:41 AM

Hmmmmmmm....she must be wackier than I thought. Dexter Morgon wasn't in a Satanic Cult.

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wes-n-family April 02 2014 at 12:38 AM

if they did it they are guilty and need to be executed----the reasons are irrelevant ---lot of people had bad childhoods and have been abused and are even on drugs------you know who you are ---but they are not out killing people--and lead a normal life---heroine is the hardest drug to kick and the withdraws are a nightmare that can kill----so why do it get professional help at the hospital to deal with this and stay off the dope------

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ANGELOCOOL April 02 2014 at 12:25 AM


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wlh1923 April 01 2014 at 11:07 PM

This mentally challenged child is just that - a mentally challenged child. If you followed the timeline, she started her cross country killing spree when she was thirteen. Crawled out her bedroom window and in a short space of 48 hours fled to Alaska, joined a cult, killed several people and trekked all the way back to Pennsylvania(in 48 Hours). The tale and the timeline gets even more absurdly bizarre after that. Second killing spree about the same. Crawled out bedroom window, ran away, killed some more people then climbed back in the bed room window.

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jktkw wlh1923 April 02 2014 at 7:55 AM

hello!?!? where were/are the PARENTS and other family????

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Mike Hulgin April 01 2014 at 6:35 PM

Sounds to me that this woman needs a place to stay. Like maybe a Hospital Physic Ward ??

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ANGELOCOOL Mike Hulgin April 02 2014 at 12:25 AM


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Micheles Third Mike Hulgin April 02 2014 at 2:50 AM

what about the innocent man who thought he was going to meet a young woman for companionship? the couple are saying because he was going to pay companionship, he is a bad person? yet she is part of a devil cult that kills bad people? The devil was thrown out of heaven for aspiring to Godhead. A depraved soul is not of value to the fallen angel. if she claimed she was doing this for God, then it would make sense and she was insane. all i can think of is no matter how pathetic it was for this 42 year old man to agree to meet and pay for companionship, the terror and betrayal of being stabbed and choked by her and her husbad is as if it occurred near a hell portal. someone like this can't be rehabilitated. this is the first time i would wish sharia law on someone. heartless people like this deserve to be dehumanized. send these monsters to countries that do those things. i won't pray for her soul. she does not have one.

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soccerbob1152 April 01 2014 at 5:30 PM

she says she killed at least 22 from Alaska to North Carolina, but she has pleaded not guilty.....lol

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wlh1923 soccerbob1152 April 01 2014 at 11:02 PM

Different issues. You can't plead guilt to first or second degree murder in PA. Not the the preliminary hearing, not at the arraignment. Even if she wanted to plead guilty at this stage the court would automatically enter a not guilty plea. The not guilty plea is automatic. Don't get confused or confuse yourself further

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KingBrian wlh1923 April 02 2014 at 1:25 AM

Ok, they obviously didn't know the rules of prelim hearings and arraignments from state to state, they were just picking up on the irony that she's claiming to have killed many people but is pleading not guilty to this one, I thought that was kinda "ironic" funny too, but I guess I'm confused since I didn't know those specifics that you so humbly(HA!) pointed out. Don't have to get so high and mighty about yourself, I'd bet %95 of the people who read this thought the same thing. If not more. "Don't get confused, or confuse yourself further", wow, what a jerk...

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Trisha soccerbob1152 April 02 2014 at 12:18 AM

Thats what I said!

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kpsra April 01 2014 at 5:13 PM

Its a scary world..just reading the posts proves that.

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apronswithattitude2 April 01 2014 at 4:08 PM

she's getting the attention she's so desperate for, isn't she?
are they certain she murdered the man she's currently changed for?

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Frank apronswithattitude2 April 01 2014 at 10:54 PM

When they found the victims body they checked his cell phone, her number was on it. If they would have taken his phone before they left him there would be nothing to tie them to the crime!

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eaglephoenix2 April 01 2014 at 2:43 PM

What a nut job. How many people who are on the edge of madness who watch shows like "Dexter" or 'Jack Ass" go one step further and act out on it? I remember a spate of teenage runaways (in addition to 2 different girls I personally knew) after Julie did it on "One Day at a Time".........

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prairiecal eaglephoenix2 April 01 2014 at 3:53 PM

What's worse are the morally bankrupt people who produce shows like this because they can make money from them by appealing to the lowest human denominator. They have no interest in uplifting programming because they can make more money portraying scum. You'll never find their filth on the Hallmark Channel. LOL

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