Home | National | North Pole, Alaska, center of sick story Satanism and serial killers after Miranda Barbour, 19, confesses to 22 murders

North Pole, Alaska, center of sick story Satanism and serial killers after Miranda Barbour, 19, confesses to 22 murders

By
Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Miranda Barbour claims she joined a cult aged just 13 in North Pole, where hundreds of news outlets have turned out since the lurid story broke
  • She said she then spent her teenage years on a nationwide killing spree, murdering 22 people
  • Police in Pennsylvania told the Daily Item that they're working with investigators from other states and the FBI to probe possible connections to unsolved murders
  • A law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN Barbour's new claims could be 'the real deal.' 'It's conceivable,' the source said
  • The woman is charged with the murder of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in November using Craigslist
  • She admitted to the crimes in an interview from jail

By Daily Mail Reporters

PUBLISHED: 00:16 EST, 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 00:37 EST, 17 February 2014

0

View
comments

A tiny Alaskan town is at the center of a sensational story about satanism and serial killers after a local woman claimed she murdered at least 22 people at the behest of a satanic leader.

Miranda Barbour, 19, claims she joined the cult aged just 13 in the town of North Pole, where hundreds of news outlets have turned out since the lurid story broke, and then spent her teenage years on a nationwide killing spree.

However, the woman, who is charged with murdering a Sudbury, Pennsylvania man in November, told a reporter the 'majority' of slayings took place in her home state.

According to a jailhouse interview, she joined the satanic cult as a young girl in the town, which is in the Fairbanks North Star Borough of Alaska and has a population of 2,210. She said she then went on to kill scores of people on the orders of the cult leader.

Satanism: Miranda Barbour, 19, pictured Friday, claims she joined a cult aged just 13 in the town of North Pole, where hundreds of news outlets have turned out since the lurid story broke

Satanism: Miranda Barbour, 19, pictured Friday, claims she joined a cult aged just 13 in the town of North Pole, where hundreds of news outlets have turned out since the lurid story broke

In 2011, she reportedly moved to North Carolina from Alaska and met Elyett Barbour, her husband who is now 22.

Police in Pennsylvania told The Daily Item that they're working with investigators from other states to probe possible connections to unsolved murders.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation told CNN Barbour's new claims could be 'the real deal.' 'It's conceivable,' the source said.

Alaska law enforcement sources said they couldn't comment on whether they've launched their own investigations into her time in Alaska until after the President's Day weekend.

After teh jailhouse interview, The Daily Item reported that she confessed to at least 22 killings in the past six years in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.

'I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them,' she said from Northumberland County Prison.

Home: The tiny Alaskan town of North pole, pictured, is at the center of sensational story about satanism and serial killers

Home: The tiny Alaskan town of North pole, pictured, is at the center of sensational story about satanism and serial killers

Barbour's defense attorney has sought a psychiatric evaluation for his client, according to news reports. He said he didn't know she was going to give the interview.

Sunbury Police Chief Steve Mazzeo told CNN the FBI is now involved in the investigation.

'The FBI's Philadelphia Division has recently been in contact with the Sunbury Police Department regarding Miranda Barbour, and will offer any assistance requested in the case,' it said in a statement to CNN.

In the local newspaper piece, Barbour, claims she will plead guilty to the butchering of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in November in addition to more than 20 victims from Alaska to North Carolina as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.

'I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don't care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,' Barbour told the newspaper for a story published Saturday night.

'When I hit 22, I stopped counting,' she said on the paper's website. She now just wanted to be honest, she said.

Serial killer: Miranda Barbour made the stunning revelations yesterday

Serial killer: Miranda Barbour made the stunning revelations yesterday

Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo told the newspaper that investigators have been in contact with the FBI and law enforcement in several other states.

'From information we gathered and from information gathered from her interview we are seriously concerned and have been in contact with the proper authorities,' Mazzeo said.

Lawyers for the couple did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press left at their offices Saturday night. An FBI spokesman referred questions to its Philly office, but an email message wasn't immediately returned.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Barbour and her husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour. Authorities said Miranda Barbour, a petite woman with long brown hair, told investigators she met the 6-foot-2, 278-pound victim after he responded to her Craigslist ad offering companionship for money.

Accomplice: Elyette Barbour allegedly told police he and his wife wanted to kill together

Accomplice: Elyette Barbour allegedly told police he and his wife wanted to kill together

Over the course of the deeply unsettling interview, Barbour claims that she is ready and able to cooperate with authorities to reveal where the bodies are buried.

Claiming to have been sexually abused at the age of four, Barbour told the Daily Item that she only killed 'bad people' and was brought up in a satanic cult by a man she would not identify after joining them at the age of 13.

Indeed, it was this individual who introduced Barbour to murder - killing a man down an alley in Alaska with a gun.

'It was in an alley and he (the cult leader) shot him,' she said, declining to identify him.

'Then he said to me that it was my turn to shoot him. I hate guns. I don’t use guns. I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger. And then from there I just continued to kill.'

During her time in the cult, Barbour claims that at one point she fell pregnant and was subjected to a dangerous 'in-house abortion' by members after they drugged her and tied her to a bed.

Victim: Miranda Barbour said Troy LaFerrara, left, was still alive when she was searching for a place to dump his body. Pictured above with his wife Collen on their wedding day in 2011

Victim: Miranda Barbour said Troy LaFerrara, left, was still alive when she was searching for a place to dump his body. Pictured above with his wife Collen on their wedding day in 2011

After leaving Alaska as a high-ranking member of the satanic cult, Barbour said that she will tell police anything they want to know about the murders.

Asked why she pleaded not guilty to the LaFerrara muder, she replied, 'I didn't want to.'

'When I was at my arraignment and the judge asked me how do I plead, I was ready to say guilty and my attorney (chief public defender Ed Greco) grabbed the microphone and said not guilty.'

Miranda Barbour said she has not spoken with her husband since the day she was arrested.

'He is proud of what he did,' she said. 'I will always love him.'

'I know I will never see my husband again and I have accepted that. I know I wanted to talk about all this because I know I had a 20-year window where I would possibly get out of jail and I don’t want that to happen. If I were to be released, I would do this again.'

Police allege in court papers that Elytte Barbour told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together.

Miranda
Sunbury

'Natural born killers': Miranda Barbour (left), 18, and her 22-year-old husband, Elytte (right) are seen in handcuffs after being arrested in connection to the 'thrill killing' of Troy LaFerrara last month

She said in the interview that she doesn't want to get out of jail and that she would kill again if she were released.

These confessions from Barbour follow the graphic details she gave police about married Troy LaFerrara's last moments.

Barbour told police in December that LaFerrara was still alive and 'choking and gasping for air' as her and her husband tried to find somewhere to dump his body after stabbing him 20 times.

Initially, Miranda told police that she killed La Ferrara in self-defense after he started to grope her. But her 22-year-old husband Elytte Barbour gave police a different story, saying they conspired to kill a stranger together, and he helped hold La Ferrara down while his wife wielded the knife.

Miranda Barbour was the first to be arrested when police traced LaFerrara's last call to her cell phone. She was charged last Wednesday in his death, followed by her husband on Friday.

Investigators said Elytte Barbour confessed to police the couple planned the killing. He previously told The Daily Item of Sunbury his wife acted in self-defense when LaFerrara, who was married, groped her after hiring her as a ‘companion.’

According to authorities, Miranda advertised herself as a 'companion' on Craigslist and LaFerrara responded. She arranged to pick him up on November 11 at a mall, three weeks after her marriage.

Elytte Barbour says he hid in the back of the car under a blanket until the moment his wife gave him a signal.

Sex worker: The teen-mom's husband said he knew about her habit of meeting men on the internet and sleeping with them for money

Sex worker: The teen-mom's husband said he knew about her habit of meeting men on the internet and sleeping with them for money

He held LaFerrara back with a cable cord while his petite, bespectacled spouse repeatedly stabbed him. LaFerrara's body was discovered the next morning in an alley by Sunbury resident Brittany Settler.

After dumping their victim's body, the Barbours when to Wal-mart to buy garbage bags, carpet clearer, paper towels and seat covers to clean out the SUV - but it wasn't enough.

'She related that there was a lot of blood and she wasn't able to get it all,' police said.

After that they went to a strip club to celebrate Elytte's 22nd birthday.

The Barbours had recently moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania after tying the knot October 22.

LaFerrara married his girlfriend of eight years, Colleen Keeney, in June 2011. The couple did not have children.

Death wish: Barbour told detectives that he and Miranda had plotted to kill someone in the past, but without success

Death wish: Barbour told detectives that he and Miranda had plotted to kill someone in the past, but without success

According to his obituary, LaFerrara was employed as the senior resident engineer at the Lycoming County Landfill.

The couple's arrests comes after Richard Beasley was given the death penalty in April this year after luring three men to an Ohio farm by using Craigslist job posts before killing them in cold blood.

Mr Barbour has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and criminal conspiracy and possession of instruments of crime.

The 22-year-old man told police that he and his wife had plotted to kill someone in the past, but without success. It was not until they came across LaFerrara on Craigslist that their plan finally came together.

Miranda Barbour offered little detail on the murders she claimed to have participated in in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.

She claims she joined a satanic cult in Alaska when she was 13 before moving to North Carolina. Online records for the woman that the newspaper identified as Barbour's mother show her as having lived in both Alaska and North Carolina.

Last week, a judge granted a lawyer's request to have a forensic psychiatrist evaluate Miranda Barbour. The judge earlier approved a psychiatrist to evaluate Elytte Barbour.

Richard Beasley was convicted in April of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to use the promise of jobs on a southeast Ohio farm to lure three men to their deaths
Beasley is now on death row after being found guilty of the 2011 killings

Original sinner: The first 'Craigslist killer' Richard Beasley, above, was convicted in April after posting job vacancies on the site which used the promise of work on an Ohio farm to lure three men to their deaths

Read more:

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

MOST READ NEWS

 

 
 

Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
 
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article

1.00
 
 

Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

 
 
 
  1. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (1.50)

  2. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  3. Terms of Service (0)

  4. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  5. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  6. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  10. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  11. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  12. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  13. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  14. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  15. JFK hiring people to screen possible Ebola patients but they're only paying $19 per hour  (0)

  16. New Hampshire pumpkin festival turns into a riot as police tear gas the unruly crowd (0)

  17. Chicago police officer pulled out of his car at 5.45am by cop colleagues and charged with drunk driving down the freeway in the WRONG DIRECTION (0)

  18. Legendary retired football coach killed in car crash outside a football game his son was coaching 'after wife lost control of their car' (0)

  19. 'She was my angel': Mother's anguish as her 6-year-old daughter is killed in drive-by shooting at 7-Eleven parking lot while opening a pack of bubble gum (0)

  20. Number of people under observation for Ebola in Ohio jumps from 16 to 100 after Amber Vinson containment blunder (0)

  21. Firefighters remove bricks and use dish soap as lubricant to remove a woman allegedly trying to burglarize a California home and got stuck in the chimney (0)

  22. ISIS tells its jihadis to stop betraying their location through Twitter (0)

  23. Buried under the fluttering Confederate flag: Daughter of black slave who fought FOR Southern forces in Civil War is buried, more than 150 years after her father went to war (0)

  24. Bloodied but unbowed: Tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters fight running battles with police in the streets as they recapture territory held by cops (0)

  25. State senator arrested TWICE in the same weekend for 'stalking' a frightened neighbor and TPing her house... just a month after he was caught drinking in public while sitting uninvited in other people's yards (0)

  26. Telephone worker who 'got amnesia and went missing in 1990', set for court battle with his wife over his pension as he tries to overturn ruling that declares him dead (0)

  27. Lifelong Giants fan who caught home run ball that sent San Francisco to the World Series gives it to hitter Travis Ishikawa  (0)

  28. First US Ebola victim remembered for his compassion (0)

  29. American Idol's Joanne Borgella passes away at age 32 following a year-long battle with a rare form of Endometrial cancer  (0)

  30. New York toddler is 'beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend after she accidentally soiled herself'... as a neighbor claims she 'reported weeks' worth of fights between the couple but got no response' (0)

  31. 3,000 UK troops in germ warfare-style ebola blockade plan in Sierra Leone  (0)

  32. Is this the most aggressive haka in rugby history? Players have to be separated by officials at Australia vs New Zealand junior league game  (0)

  33. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fears that his embassy hideout in London is being bugged (0)

  34. Drunk-driving dentist arrested for 'performing a procedure on a patient while he was drunk' and refusing to stop when authorities approached him  (0)

  35. Claim that Jack the Ripper has been unmasked by DNA evidence as a Polish immigrant barber is WRONG, say experts  (0)

  36. Out of breath? Thousands complete Beijing marathon wearing face masks because of the city's unbearable smog  (0)

  37. Ohio girl who cut off her hair to give to cancer patients has to be taken out of school after being bullied and told she's ugly (0)

  38. Tasmanian devil is mysteriously found dead in a puddle of blood at a New Mexico zoo after someone 'threw a piece of asphalt at its skull' (0)

  39. She's a boy! Five hundred years after she went down with the ship, DNA testing reveals Mary Rose's dog Hatch was male (0)

  40. 'Ebola cruise' ordeal ends as ship docks in Texas: Helicopter sent to collect blood sample from quarantined passenger after boat was turned away from Belize and Mexico (0)

  41. Why eating your lunch at your desk can make you fat: Tucking in at the office is a fast track to obesity, say experts (0)

  42. How the world let the Ebola crisis happen: Governments 'cost lives' by refusing to commit troops and WHO response accused of incompetence (0)

  43. No, you CAN'T listen while you're texting: Research finds teenagers struggle with multitasking (0)

  44. Hannah Graham 'body' buried in a dried up creek bed in the woods prime suspect used to call home: Accused killer Jesse Matthews grew up just miles from where remains were found (0)

  45. Ebola hysteria sweeps US schools: Maine teacher who visited Dallas told not to come to work for 21 days as hundreds of Mississippi parents pull kids school because principal visited Zambia... 3,000 miles from countries hit by the disease (0)

  46. Dallas Ebola hospital apologizes for misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan (0)

  47. Nicholas Brendon arrested after 'breaking decorative dish while drunk' at hotel (0)

  48. Serena Williams accuses Shamil Tarpischev of 'sexist, racist and bullying' remarks (0)

  49. Manhattan Transfer singer Tim Hauser, 72, dies from cardiac arrest  (0)

  50. Hannah Graham 'body' buried in a dried up creek bed in the woods prime suspect used to call home: Accused killer Jesse Matthews grew up just miles from where remains were found (0)