Elytte Barbour seeks new trial for craigslist thrill kill

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Last year Elytte Barbour and his wife Miranda pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and were both sentenced to life without parole. The husband and wife pair lured LaFerrara to his death by posing as a prostitute on craigslist. Once they got LaFerrara into their vehicle Miranda Barbour stabbed him while Elytte restrained LaFerrara by his throat.

Elytte Barbour is now asking for a retrial stating that his counsel was ineffective. He claims that there was evidence that he was insane at the time of the murder and that his attorney only urged him to take the guilty plea of second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty. Not surprisingly Barbour is representing himself.

Personally I’d like to see him get a new trial. I could use the laugh since he’s representing himself and if he went back to trial he’s probably be convicted on first-degree murder which would make him eligible for the death penalty.

UPDATE 9/14/2015: Here is a more current article about Elytte Barbour wanting to withdraw his plea. Apparently he is no longer representing himself as he now has a new attorney.

UPDATE 11/2/2015: Elytte Barbour has withdrawn his request for a new trial.

“This effectively brings the case to an end,” District Attorney Ann Targonski said.

Husband and wife craigslist killers plead guilty

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Earlier today Elytte and Miranda Barbour both pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara. If you’ll recall the Barbour’s hatched a plan to kill someone by luring them through craigslist with promises of sex. They eventually were able to convince Mr. LaFerrera into their SUV where Elytte Barbour strangled their victim with a cord while Miranda Barbour stabbed him to death.

The pair have pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide. The main difference in Pennsylvania between first and second-degree homicide is that first-degree can get you the death penalty while second-degree limits the sentencing to life in prison. Since Pennsylvania hadn’t executed anyone in quite some time I always thought that the chances of them being sentenced to death were slim even though they probably deserve it.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 18th.

UPDATE 9/20/2014: This past Thursday both Barbours were sentenced to life without parole.

Miranda Barbour says she let two go, her sister says she's a lying sack of crap

Miranda Barbour: Two men escaped with lives:

Sister: Miranda is a liar:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

The two stories are unrelated by the way.

In the first story accused Pennsylvania craigslist killer claims that she tried to set up two men before her and idiotically named husband settled for killing Troy LaFerrara. This may actually be true. From what I’ve researched about prostitution and human trafficking a lot of men back out at the last minute before going through with soliciting the services of a pro and Barbour was posing as a prostitute. Whether or not this has any actual bearing on the investigation remains to be seen.

Then on the second story Miranda Barbour’s sister seems to make the family opinion unanimous that Miranda is a lying sack of crap. She says that Miranda’s claim of killing close to two dozen men who ‘deserved it’ comes from the TV show Dexter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the show the titular character is a police scientist who is also a serial killer vigilante. If this is the case Barbour wouldn’t be the first criminal to claim something in entertainment as her own.

Miranda Barbour's dad says she's a lying sack of crap

Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

When I last talked about Miranda Barbour and her satanic serial killer claims I said she might actually believe what she’s claiming. I thought that she might be mentally ill. After having read the linked article with her Dad’s interview I’ve done a complete 180 on that position. Sonny Dean says his daughter is a liar and a manipulator because of her heroin addiction which makes a lot of sense now. If you’ve ever lived or are close to a substance abuser you know the depths of lying and manipulation they will go to in order to get their fix and how they would sacrifice friend or family alike if it meant just one more high.

Mr. Dean also said that he believes she was involved in a killing in Alaska but not the 22+ victims she’s claiming. Surprisingly he also said that if his daughter got the death penalty not only would he go to the execution but would hold the hand of Troy LaFerrara’s widow at the execution. While I’m not celebrating the fact that Mr. Dean’s daughter killed another man this is a change of pace of the usual blood is thicker than water thinking we see with most parents.

So in conclusion if she’s so fond of needles the state of Pennsylvania should give her one.

Miranda Barbour's mom doubts serial killer claim

Mother doubts Craigslist killing suspect’s claims:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Miranda Barbour’s mother, Elizabeth Dean, lives in North Carolina and was recently interviewed by local media about her 19-year-old daughter’s claim about being a satanic serial killer. Ms. Dean says it’s not likely that her daughter is a serial killer considering how fast Miranda and her husband, Elytte Barbour, were caught for the murder of Troy LaFerrara.

Ms. Dean did have something interesting to say about the cult aspect if things though. She said that while they were living in Alaska that Miranda did join a cult and had a swastika carved in the back of her neck. To me and I’m sure to most people that sounds more like Miranda joined a hate group or gang.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Miranda Barbour had killed before but there is no way that she’s responsible for the murders of the 22 people she claims.

Pa. craigslist thrill killer claims she's a Satanic serial killer

BODY COUNT AT 22?:

You remember the happy couple of Elytte and Miranda Barbour don’t you? There the pair who are accused of killing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania after setting up a meeting with him on craigslist. Miranda Barbour allegedly stabbed LaFerrara repeatedly in his vehicle while her husband held basically a garrote around LaFerrara’s throat. The last we heard prosecutors stated that they would be seeking the death penalty for the pair.

Now Mrs. Barbour is back in the news because of a prison interview she gave this past Friday. Now she is claiming that she belonged to a satanic cult and has killed at least 22 people. She claimed that she started killing at 13 when she joined the cult and claims to have had victims in Alaska, North Carolina, Texas and California. Before everyone is proclaiming her the next Ted Bundy let’s look at the facts. If what she says is true that would make her the most stealthy serial killer ever and the most prolific female serial killer in the US. She would have to have killed these 22+ people in 5 years. Statistically female serial killers are more of the black widow type resorting to means that don’t get their hands dirty such as poisoning. Could she be a statistical anomaly? It’s possible but I don’t think it’s likely. The real problem is I think she believes what she’s saying.

She had a messed up childhood. She was molested at the age of 4 by a relative who spent 14 years in jail for it. That could mess with anyone mentally. Do I think it was to the point that she engaged on a multi-state killing endeavor? No. LaFerrara may not have been her first kill but I doubt there’s as many bodies as she claims. Should we take pity on her? I don’t know. Ten years ago I would have said fry the bitch but I’ve gotten softer in my old age. If’s she’s genuinely insane and was used by Elytte Barbour (You don’t know how much I hate that name) as his instrument of murder then I think she should be spared the death penalty although she should never see the light of day again. Hubby should be executed just on that name alone.

Miranda Barbour says she plans on pleading guilty to LaFerrara’s murder.

The Pennsylvania craigslist thrill kill

Pennsylvania newlyweds killed man for thrills, police say:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

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.