You all know this one by now. Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, have arrested newlyweds Elytte and Miranda Barbour, 22 and 18, in the brutal stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. The Barbours allegedly lured LaFerrara to his death through a craigslist ad where Miranda Barbour offered ‘companionship’ more on the sarcasm quotes later.
On Veterans Day police say that Miranda Barbour picked up LaFerrara at a local mall in her SUV while Elytte (What the fuck kind of name is Elytte?) hid in the back. After LaFerrara got in the vehicle Elytte threw a rope or cord around LaFerrara’s neck while Miranda repeatedly stabbed him. And by repeatedly I mean 20 times. She tried claiming self-defense but police didn’t buy it. Especially since Elytte (Seriously, who names their kid that?) is said to have told police that the couple have been planning on killing for a long time. Later that night after the murder she took her stupidly named husband to a strip club to celebrate.
Now they may be married in name but this so sounds more like a pimp/prostitute relationship than a marriage. Oh I’m sure Mrs. Barbour believes or believed they were in love but it’s obvious that Elytte (It gets stupider every time I type it) is an old pro at this at the ripe old age of 22. Listen to what he told the media after his wife was arrested…
Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 for meeting with men for such activities as having dinner or walking around a mall. The ads she placed on websites including Craigslist all said upfront that sex was not part of the deal, he said.
“She is not a prostitute,” he said. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”
Right, and I have a Pulitzer in blogging
This is the old disclaimer used in a lot of craigslist and backpage prostitution ads. Hell, it even dates as far back as when escort services advertised in newspaper classifieds. However it does not absolve anyone, be it prostitute, pimp or john of their legal responsibilities as much as any one of those may have you believe.
Not to mention all the stories that I’ve previously posted about underage runaways whose boyfriends turned into pimps overnight.
So I can already hear some of you saying doesn’t that make Miranda Barbour a victim? Possibly, but if she was any kind of victim that all went to hell when she decided to plunge a knife into Troy LaFerrara 20 times. If she was being forced into the life by her husband she crossed the line into killer without hesitation it seems.
In case you were wondering Pennsylvania does have the death penalty but haven’t executed anyone in 14 years and that was Gary Heidnik. So that should show you what kind of depravity you have to commit in order to get executed in Pennsylvania.
On a sort of off topic rant check out this headline from the Daily Mail.
Second? Hell, this isn’t even the second craigslist killing I’ve posted this week. It’s the third for those keeping score.
I’ll give them credit though, sort of, they cite Richard Beasley as being the first. I can’t decide if it’s good or bad that they forgot about good old Philip Markoff who is usually cited as the ‘first’ craigslist killer. For the record he wasn’t even close to first. In my estimation the first would be John Steven Burgess.
Yes I know it’s easy to pick on the Daily Mail but they’re just a symptom of a larger disease in the mainstream media. Hysterics rather than reporting. Sensationalism rather than facts.
UPDATE 1/26/2014: Pennsylvania prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for both Barbours. House of Horrors killer Gary Heidnik was the last person to be executed in Pennsylvania and that was 15 years ago.