Did teenage ‘Satanist’ really murder dozens of people?

In a jailhouse interview Miranda Barbour, a 19-year-old woman who identifies herself as a ‘Satanist,’ has claimed that the man she is accused of murdering was one of dozens such victims she had killed over the past six years.

Miranda and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are accused of killing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara, who police say responded to a “companionship” ad placed by Miranda Barbour on Craigslist.

Barbour told a reported for Pennsylvania newspaper The Daily Item that she can provide details of slayings in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California — with the majority taking place in Alaska where, at the age of 13, she joined a Satanic cult.

She claims that’s where she was introduced to murder, and that she has killed “under 100 people,” saying “When I hit 22, I stopped counting.”

But troopers in Alaska say there is no evidence Barbours is connected to any unsolved murders there. Thus far authorities in other states also have not corroborated Barbour’s story.

Criminologists cast doubt on her claims, as does the DA who is prosecuting the LaFerrara homicide case.

Meanwhile, Barbour’s father says his daughter, who at one time was a heroin addict, is the most manipulative person he knows and is a liar.

He believes his daughter may have been involved in one murder other than the one she is awaiting trial for, but says there is no way she’s a mass murderer.

Elytte Barbour has told CNN that he still loves his wife.

The Church of Satan has released a statement in response to what they say is Miranda Barbour’s claimed involvement in their church, saying it has no record whatsoever of any contact with Miranda and her husband:

We do not condone murder, nor do the actions of this couple in any way reflect the philosophy of adherents of the Church of Satan. Since our founding in 1966 we have served as consultants for law enforcement and we do not hesitate to notify them of situations that come to our attention indicating potential dangerous activity.

In the statement, Magus Peter H. Gilmore, high priest for the Church of Satan, says that unlike in the years of the ‘Satanic Panic’ (mid-1980’s and 1990’s)

law enforcement is much more organized, particularly post-9/11, and I find it difficult to believe that a “killer cult” of any sort could be in operation before being noticed and their murderous members captured and prosecuted.

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