Police: Newlyweds killed Pa. man for thrills – So Much for the Christian Stereotype that Marriage Matures People
Show of hands from any unmarried readers: how many of you, for kicks and giggles, place ads on sites to lure people to your homes to murder them? Mmm-hmm, well, I’m unmarried and hell no, I’ve never murdered anyone for kicks and giggles, or for any reason.
Yeah, contrary to evangelical, Southern Baptist, Fundamentalist, and Neo Reformed thinking, I do not need a husband to keep me in line, or from murdering strangers. 🙄
Should I take away from stories such as this one that marriage turns people into violent psychopaths?
- Dec. 7, 2013
By GILLIAN MOHNEY via 20/20
A newlywed couple is facing homicide charges, accused of allegedly luring a man to their car through Craigslist and killing him for the thrill of it.
Elyette Barbour, 22, and his wife Miranda Barbour 18, were married just three weeks when they allegedly killed Troy Laferrara, 42, after setting up a meeting with him on Craigslist.
According to police in Sunbury, Pa., Elyette Barbour said the couple had tried to kill other people in the past but were not successful until they met with Laferrara. The murder occurred on Elyette Barbour’s 22nd birthday according to the police affidavit.
Police said even after arresting the couple, they were still reviewing other previous suspicious activity or events that might be related to the couple, including the death of the biological father of Miranda Barbour’s 1-year-old child.
- -Couple married just 3 weeks lured a Pa. man to his death with a Craigslist ad
– Husband said he and his wife planned to kill before, but plans never worked out
– Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, both face homicide charges in Troy LaFerrara’s death
SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (AP) — A couple married just three weeks lured a Pennsylvania 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.
Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, both face criminal homicide charges in LaFerrara’s death. His body was found Nov. 12 in an alley in Sunbury, a small city northwest of Philadelphia. The couple 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 on 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 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.
… Following his wife’s arrest, Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item of Sunbury his wife, whom he married on 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 did not involve sexual contact.