The media portrayed Miranda Barbour as a dangerous, possessed woman. But is it the full story?
She was the young mother of a baby girl, newly married to her partner, Elytte, when the two of them decided to murder Troy LaFerrara on a November day in The whole intention was to kill him. Miranda drove to meet Troy, with Elytte hidden in the back seat of their car, under a blanket.
They met in the parking lot of the local Susquehanna Valley Mall, and Troy got into the car. The plan was for Miranda to al for Elytte to jump out and strangle Troy, by saying, 'Did you see the stars tonight? While Elytte strangled Troy, Miranda began to stab him.
Then they dumped him in a driveway. His body was later found with more than 20 stab wounds. After the murder, Miranda and Elytte went for dinner.
It was his 22nd birthday that day. The pair were jailed in December However, two months later, while awaiting trial, Miranda made a new confession: this was not her first murder. I got into a gang, based around Satanism.
This is not the first time. Miranda said yes.
If you had to take a guess, what would you say? Scarcella was lost for words. Miranda's confession unleashed a media frenzy across the world, with people calling up the police to ask if their murdered loved ones could have been killed by this young mother.
Within days, her claims were being investigated by the FBI, in partnership with local police forces. Scarcella explained there had been disappearances in areas Miranda claimed to have murdered - but the local police were unable to find evidence to link any of the murders or missing persons to her.
She had talked about severed body parts being dumped in Big Lake outside Wasilla near Anchorage; a man being murdered by a pier in Mexico Beach Florida; and body parts thrown from a vehicle between Raleigh and Coats, North Carolina. But, following investigations, many of Miranda's claims were dismissed by the authorities.
Miranda's family also said they were lies, telling reporters that she had always been a compulsive liar.
But Miranda's husband told the police in a private interview that he believed his wife. I always told everybody I thought Miranda was possessed.
We called her Super Miranda," he said referring to the persona Miranda would take on when apparently possessed. In a January interview by the freelance investigative journalist Jill Burke, shown in the new BBC Three documentary, Miranda says she killed Troy so that her daughter would be adopted and have a better life than the one she could give her. Court evidence shows that her uncle, Rick, was jailed in for raping her when she was just three years old.
How could he think he had the right to hurt me and my sister the way he did? I wanted him to hurt worse than he hurt me. From the age of 13, she was put on medication for schizophrenia, ADHD, and depression.
She had attempted suicide several times throughout her teens. Jill has been investigating Miranda's story for four years. Miranda Barbour: Serial Killer or Liar? If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article there is information and support available.
Unmaking a murderer: After 16 years in prison, could Omar Benguit clear his name? Life and Death Row: Arkansas's condemned fear triple execution. Joshua Vallum: the first person to be convicted of a transgender hate crime in America. He's spent almost 20 years in prison for murder - but could new evidence give Omar an alibi? Insomnia and me: 'I've suffered for such a long time'. Transitioning teens: Is there enough support for gender non-conforming young people?
Radhika Sanghani 5 July Crime Knife Crime Docs. Share this:. Copy this link.
When Miranda Barbour was 18, she confessed to the murder of a year-old man. He said Miranda answered an online ad from Troy LeFerarra, who was looking for an escort.
Originally Published 19 April :. More from Crime. When Nudes Are Stolen.
More from Knife Crime. Reenel on losing his best mate to knife crime. EastEnders: The real families devastated by knife crime.
EastEnders - The real stories: Godwin's story. Why is knife crime on the rise? Most Popular.
How to masturbate. Inside the Instagram foreign exchange craze.