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Pennsylvania newlyweds killed man for thrills, police say

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:07 a.m. HST, Dec 07, 2013

SUNBURY, Pa. » A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

Elytte Barbour told officers before his arrest Friday night that he and his wife, Miranda, had planned to kill before, but their plans never worked out until last month when Troy LaFerrara responded to an online posting that promised companionship in return for money, authorities said.

Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara's death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The couple had recently moved to nearby Selinsgrove from North Carolina.

According to Sunbury police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid in the backseat of the couple's SUV as his wife picked up LaFerrara at a mall Nov. 11. He told police that, on his wife's signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.

The 42-year-old Port Trevorton man was stabbed 20 times, police said.

Miranda Barbour was charged Wednesday. She initially denied knowing LaFerrara, but her story evolved as investigators gathered evidence, including the discovery that the last call received by the victim's cellphone was made from her number, according to a police affidavit.

The affidavit said Miranda Barbour acknowledged meeting the victim in Selinsgrove and driving with him to Sunbury, where they parked. She said LaFerrara groped her and she took a knife from between the front seats and stabbed him after he put his hand around her throat, according to the affidavit.

Police said Miranda Barbour had told them she purchased cleaning supplies at a department store after stabbing LaFerrara, then picked up her husband and took him to a strip club for his birthday. On Friday, police said, Elytte Barbour told them he was the one who had purchased the cleaning products, an account investigators said was backed up by surveillance footage.

Following his wife's arrest, Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item of Sunbury that Miranda Barbour, whom he married Oct. 22, regularly hired herself out as a "companion" to men she met on various websites, a business venture he said he supported because it didn't involve sexual contact.

Barbour said his wife made anywhere from $50 to $850 by meeting with men for such activities as having dinner together 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."

Elytte Barbour didn't have an attorney at his arraignment Friday night. A phone message left for his wife's public defender early today was not immediately returned.

Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo told The Daily Item that investigators will also be looking into the death of a man with whom Miranda Barbour had a 1-year-old child. He would not elaborate.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Strange morals?
on December 7,2013 | 08:26AM
cojef wrote:
Wow! The insensibilty of the crime is a manifestation of our internet age. Individuals today do not converse with each other eye to eye, but through the medium of a cell-phone which contribute to the lack of sensitivity between individuals. One only needs to observe a group young teenagers at group "shindig" and instead of interacting with each other, they are intent on communicating with an unseen individual through the means of an artificial gadget. All semblence of humanity is absent or lacking. Like zombies all texting to beat hell.
on December 7,2013 | 08:30AM
buttery wrote:
Yes, we are such a great country!
on December 7,2013 | 08:36AM
Not sure how this story eluded to the "we are such a great country" comment. Yes, we are a great country, but not based on the story you have read above. So sad you can make that statement with no real interpretation of your intent.
on December 7,2013 | 11:13AM
pakeheat wrote:
you are absolutely correct buttery, abductions, school and work force shootings, and killing for no reasons.
on December 7,2013 | 11:56AM
kailua000 wrote:
happens pretty much everywhere except iceland and sweden
on December 7,2013 | 02:58PM
eoe wrote:
But ... but ... Rush told me only "they" are animals
on December 7,2013 | 08:41AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Keep tearing down the walls, this is what you get.
on December 8,2013 | 05:34AM
paniolo wrote:
Good, sentence this two to life in prison, for "thrills."
on December 7,2013 | 08:47AM
SueH wrote:
"She is not a prostitute", he said.... No, she's just a murderer.
on December 7,2013 | 09:53AM
john_zee wrote:
poor white trash
on December 7,2013 | 11:33AM
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