Miranda Barbour has made some outrageous claims. The supposed teenage “Dexter-like” murderer says she’s killed at least 22 people but not more than 100. According to her story, she first took someone’s life at the age of 13 after a satanic cult leader helped her pull the trigger, but now he’s speaking out and accusing her of lying.
It certainly sounds like the plot of a horror TV show or novel, but can the teenage mother actually be guilty of these claimed crimes? The head of the Church Of Satan, Peter Gilmore, said she was never involved with his New York-based congregation. "Thorough investigation will likely demonstrate that this cult story is fiction," he said, according to CNN.
Why someone would make any of this up in the first place is incomprehensible, but the one thing authorities are pretty sure of is that the 19-year-old mother of one killed a 42-year-old man she solicited from Craigslist.
Barbour said a majority of her murders took place in Alaska, and state police are looking into the claims and will chase "any leads that may present themselves," Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters told CNN.
Barbour told reporter Francis Scarcella of the Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa., from jail that she also killed people in Texas, North Carolina and California over the past six years. Though it’s conceivable for her to have done this, it seems unlikely to those who study serial killers.
"Anything is possible, and of course it's conceivable that she's a serial killer," Northeastern University criminologist Jack Levin told CNN. But the women who have been found to be serial killers are normally older and don’t use knives as Barbour is accused of using to kill Troy LaFerrara.
Barbour told the Daily Item she and her husband Elytte conspired to kill LaFerrara to celebrate their three-week wedding "anniversary." She said her victims “did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore,” which is why she has gotten labeled as the real-life Dexter.
Barbour doesn’t have any remorse for what she has reportedly done. "If I were to be released, I would do this again," she told the newspaper.
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