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Husband and wife craigslist killers plead guilty

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Earlier today Elytte and Miranda Barbour both pleaded guilty to the murder of Troy LaFerrara. If you’ll recall the Barbour’s hatched a plan to kill someone by luring them through craigslist with promises of sex. They eventually were able to convince Mr. LaFerrera into their SUV where Elytte Barbour strangled their victim with a cord while Miranda Barbour stabbed him to death.

The pair have pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide. The main difference in Pennsylvania between first and second-degree homicide is that first=degree can get you the death penalty while second-degree limits the sentencing to life in prison. Since Pennsylvania hadn’t executed anyone in quite some time I always thought that the chances of them being sentenced to death were slim even though they probably deserve it.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 18th.

Miranda Barbour says she let two go, her sister says she’s a lying sack of crap

Miranda Barbour: Two men escaped with lives:

Sister: Miranda is a liar:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

The two stories are unrelated by the way.

In the first story accused Pennsylvania craigslist killer claims that she tried to set up two men before her and idiotically named husband settled for killing Troy LaFerrara. This may actually be true. From what I’ve researched about prostitution and human trafficking a lot of men back out at the last minute before going through with soliciting the services of a pro and Barbour was posing as a prostitute. Whether or not this has any actual bearing on the investigation remains to be seen.

Then on the second story Miranda Barbour’s sister seems to make the family opinion unanimous that Miranda is a lying sack of crap. She says that Miranda’s claim of killing close to two dozen men who ‘deserved it’ comes from the TV show Dexter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the show the titular character is a police scientist who is also a serial killer vigilante. If this is the case Barbour wouldn’t be the first criminal to claim something in entertainment as her own.

Joseph Cyr held over for trial in Jaymie Adams murder

Choctaw man accused of killing woman and her unborn child to face trial:

Joseph Cyr

Joseph Cyr

Today Joseph Cyr was in an Oklahoma City court and ordered to be held over for trial in the murder of Jaymie Adams. More details of the investigation have been made public but I’m still not convinced of Cyr’s guilt.

Reports have long been saying that police found Cyr’s DNA on Jaymie’s body even though that was not included in the initial autopsy report. Now they’re saying that it was in her body. Since she was advertising herself as a prostitute on craigslist this should not come as a shock. I’m not trying to condemn the victim but that is a fact. That still doesn’t mean that Cyr killed her especially considering the alternative.

Jaymie Adams’ husband, Justin Adams, was originally thought to be her killer and I suppose that is still the case. Unfortunately he’ll never see a day in jail as he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and then walked out of court. Supposedly Adams is going to be a witness for the prosecution. If that’s the case then justice isn’t only blind it’s also brain-damaged, but I digress.

Previously I’ve posted about how Adams had allegedly taken out a life insurance policy on his wife and how he was having an affair. With today’s testimony it gets better.

Today Adams testified that he would normally go with his wife on her calls to make sure she was safe, you know, like most pimps do. Except that night he decided to stay home and watch the kids. How convenient. He also said that this was going to be her last night of hooking. This sounds even more like a made for Lifetime movie.

Could Joseph Cyr be the actual killer? Absolutely. The problem is I have yet to hear what his motive was for killing Jaymie and her unborn child. Justin Adams, on the other hand, had plenty of motive, in my opinion.

If the Oklahoma City police can admit that they allegedly screwed up in investigating Justin Adams how do we know they haven’t screwed up by letting him go?

Miranda Barbour’s dad says she’s a lying sack of crap

Miranda’s dad supports daughter’s execution if verdict is guilty:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

When I last talked about Miranda Barbour and her satanic serial killer claims I said she might actually believe what she’s claiming. I thought that she might be mentally ill. After having read the linked article with her Dad’s interview I’ve done a complete 180 on that position. Sonny Dean says his daughter is a liar and a manipulator because of her heroin addiction which makes a lot of sense now. If you’ve ever lived or are close to a substance abuser you know the depths of lying and manipulation they will go to in order to get their fix and how they would sacrifice friend or family alike if it meant just one more high.

Mr. Dean also said that he believes she was involved in a killing in Alaska but not the 22+ victims she’s claiming. Surprisingly he also said that if his daughter got the death penalty not only would he go to the execution but would hold the hand of Troy LaFerrara’s widow at the execution. While I’m not celebrating the fact that Mr. Dean’s daughter killed another man this is a change of pace of the usual blood is thicker than water thinking we see with most parents.

So in conclusion if she’s so fond of needles the state of Pennsylvania should give her one.

Miranda Barbour’s mom doubts serial killer claim

Mother doubts Craigslist killing suspect’s claims:

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

Miranda Barbour’s mother, Elizabeth Dean, lives in North Carolina and was recently interviewed by local media about her 19-year-old daughter’s claim about being a satanic serial killer. Ms. Dean says it’s not likely that her daughter is a serial killer considering how fast Miranda and her husband, Elytte Barbour, were caught for the murder of Troy LaFerrara.

Ms. Dean did have something interesting to say about the cult aspect if things though. She said that while they were living in Alaska that Miranda did join a cult and had a swastika carved in the back of her neck. To me and I’m sure to most people that sounds more like Miranda joined a hate group or gang.

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if Miranda Barbour had killed before but there is no way that she’s responsible for the murders of the 22 people she claims.

Jennifer Parks’ murder featured on Investigation Discovery

Jennifer Parks

Jennifer Parks

Yesterday I noticed a spike in traffic for this site. These spikes are not uncommon. They usually mean that one of the stories I’ve posted about was featured on a TV show somewhere and the viewers want to find more information about it. Usually it’s about the infamous assault on Victoria Lindsay that the made for TV movie Girl Fight was based on. The only thing was the traffic this time wasn’t about Victoria but about the murder of Jennifer Parks.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story on July 30, 2005 16-year-old Jennifer of Randolph, New Jersey was lured to her death by her next door neighbor Jonathan Zarate. She was beaten and stabbed to death by Zarate and his brother James. James was a bully to Jennifer and with the help of her parents and school and the fact that James Zarate got himself arrested for vandalism he was forced to move away. The murder was in retaliation for James Zarate having to move away. After they brutally stabbed and bludgeoned Jennifer they dismembered her body and stuffed it in a trunk then put the trunk in the back of their parents SUV. The Zarate brothers waited a day before trying to dispose of Jennifer’s body in the Passaic River. A passing police officer caught the brothers before they could. Both Zarate brothers were convicted of Jennifer’s murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Last night I reached out to two dear friends of mine who friends with Jennifer’s mother, Laurie Parks. I asked them if they had heard anything about Jennifer’s story being on TV. They told that yes there was something on TV about on the Investigation Discovery channel. The show is called Deadly Sins with the subtitle of this episode being Good Boys Gone Very Bad. It’s Season 3 Episode 6. We’re cord cutters here in my home but I was able to find the episode for sale on Amazon.

The episode had two stories, the first was about Craig Rabinowitz who murdered his wife Stefanie. I was familiar with that story because I lived in the Philadelphia area at the time. Then came the part about Jennifer. I was not prepared for what I was about to watch.

Now I’ve been watching dramatic crime re-enactments since the days of Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted. No re-enactment has ever gotten to me until now. Even though I’ve been blogging about this story for 9 years this episode really showed me just how brutal and senseless Jennifer’s murder was. Even though I know it was just an actress portraying Jennifer to see her thrive and become happy in her life after being rid of her tormentor only to have him and his brother savagely take that away from her and take Jennifer away from her loving family. It was hard for me to watch probably because I’ve communicated with Laurie Parks in the past and have friends who are friends with her.

The episode also had a lot of information that I was unaware of especially about how the Zarate brothers themselves were so violent and mentally disturbed. Also there were some details about Jennifer’s murder that I didn’t know as well that I can’t bring myself to write about.

If you have the ID channel on your service I would recommend catching this episode of Deadly Sins. If you’re like me though you can purchase it on Amazon.

(In the interest of transparency this was an unsolicited post and I receive no financial gain from it.)

Pa. craigslist thrill killer claims she’s a Satanic serial killer



You remember the happy couple of Elytte and Miranda Barbour don’t you? There the pair who are accused of killing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, Pennsylvania after setting up a meeting with him on craigslist. Miranda Barbour allegedly stabbed LaFerrara repeatedly in his vehicle while her husband held basically a garrote around LaFerrara’s throat. The last we heard prosecutors stated that they would be seeking the death penalty for the pair.

Now Mrs. Barbour is back in the news because of a prison interview she gave this past Friday. Now she is claiming that she belonged to a satanic cult and has killed at least 22 people. She claimed that she started killing at 13 when she joined the cult and claims to have had victims in Alaska, North Carolina, Texas and California. Before everyone is proclaiming her the next Ted Bundy let’s look at the facts. If what she says is true that would make her the most stealthy serial killer ever and the most prolific female serial killer in the US. She would have to have killed these 22+ people in 5 years. Statistically female serial killers are more of the black widow type resorting to means that don’t get their hands dirty such as poisoning. Could she be a statistical anomaly? It’s possible but I don’t think it’s lightly. The real problem is I think she believes what she’s saying.

She had a messed up childhood. She was molested at the age of 4 by a relative who spent 14 years in jail for it. That could mess with anyone mentally. Do I think it was to the point that she engaged on a multi-state killing endeavor? No. LaFerrara may not have been her first kill but I doubt there’s as many bodies as she claims. Should we take pity on her? I don’t know. Ten years ago I would have said fry the bitch but I’ve gotten softer in my old age. If’s she’s genuinely insane and was used by Elytte Barbour (You don’t know how much I hate that name) as his instrument of murder then I think she should be spared the death penalty although she should never see the light of day again. Hubby should be executed just on that name alone.

Miranda Barbour says she plans on pleading guilty to LaFerrara’s murder.

Justin Adams pleads guilty to manslaughter in his wife’s death, walks out a free man

Justin Adams pleads guilty, walks free in death of wife, unborn child:

Justin Adams pleads guilty, sentenced in wife’s death:

Justin Adams Pleads Guilty In Deaths Of Pregnant Wife, Unborn Child:

Justin Adams

Justin Adams

A grave injustice occurred today. Justin Adams pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of his wife Jaymie Adams and their unborn child. Jaymie was a prostitute being pimped out by her husband and was found stabbed to death in Oklahoma City. Early reports seemed to indicate that Justin Adams was the culprit especially considering that he took out an insurance policy on his wife and was allegedly having an affair. Leaving out the whole part about his alibi being questionable at best.

Then all off a sudden police turned their attention to Joseph Cyr. Reports have said Cyr was one of Jaymie’s customers who met her the night she died. They also say that Cyr’s DNA was found on Jaymie even though the coroner’s report mentions no such thing.

In case you couldn’t tell I think Adams is the killer and Cyr is innocent.

When Adams was the suspect the police couldn’t keep their mouth shut about all the evidence they had on him. Now with Cyr all they say is they have his DNA but I have yet to hear any conclusive evidence that indicates that Cyr had any reason for killing Jaymie.

Now thanks to double jeopardy Justin Adams will never serve a day for a murder I believe he committed.

Thanks to Hanna for the tip.

James Zarate’s sentence upheld again

Judge won’t shorten prison term for James Zarate in killing of Randolph girl:

James Zarate

James Zarate

I apologize for not posting this story sooner. Usually the murder of Jennifer Parks is a story that demands my immediate attention but somehow I let this one sit for a while and too long.

James Zarate has had his life sentence for his part in Jennifer’s murder upheld once again. He was 14 at the time of Jennifer’s murder where he and his older brother Jonathan Zarate lured their neighbor Jennifer to their home where they killed her and dismembered her body. They stuffed her remains in a trunk and waited a day before trying to dispose of her remains in the Passaic River. Both brothers were sentenced to life.

James Zarate’s attorney tried arguing that the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the mandatory sentencing of juveniles to life without parole is unconstitutional. Prosecutors argued that the Supreme Court ruling only applies to state statutes not to mention that James Zarate is eligible for parole, albeit when he’s in his seventies.

I don’t care that this scumbag was 14 at the time he helped kill Jennifer. Her murder not only ended her life but it’s destroyed the lives of her parents as well. The Parks divorced and then a couple of years ago David Parks died from a heart attack. There is no amount of jail time that either brother could serve that would even come close to being justice for Jennifer.

The Pennsylvania craigslist thrill kill

Pennsylvania newlyweds killed man for thrills, police say:

Elytte and MIranda Barbour

Elytte and Miranda Barbour

You all know this one by now. Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, have arrested newlyweds Elytte and Miranda Barbour, 22 and 18, in the brutal stabbing death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. The Barbours allegedly lured LaFerrara to his death through a craigslist ad where Miranda Barbour offered ‘companionship’ more on the sarcasm quotes later.

On Veterans Day police say that Miranda Barbour picked up LaFerrara at a local mall in her SUV while Elytte (What the fuck kind of name is Elytte?) hid in the back. After LaFerrara got in the vehicle Elytte threw a rope or cord around LaFerrara’s neck while Miranda repeatedly stabbed him. And by repeatedly I mean 20 times. She tried claiming self-defense but police didn’t buy it. Especially since Elytte (Seriously, who names their kid that?) is said to have told police that the couple have been planning on killing for a long time. Later that night after the murder she took her stupidly named husband to a strip club to celebrate.

Now they may be married in name but this so sounds more like a pimp/prostitute relationship than a marriage. Oh I’m sure Mrs. Barbour believes or believed they were in love but it’s obvious that Elytte (It gets stupider every time I type it) is an old pro at this at the ripe old age of 22. Listen to what he told the media after his wife was arrested…

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

Right, and I have a Pulitzer in blogging

This is the old disclaimer used in a lot of craigslist and backpage prostitution ads. Hell, it even dates as far back as when escort services advertised in newspaper classifieds. However it does not absolve anyone, be it prostitute, pimp or john of their legal responsibilities as much as any one of those may have you believe.

Not to mention all the stories that I’ve previously posted about underage runaways whose boyfriends turned into pimps overnight.

So I can already hear some of you saying doesn’t that make Miranda Barbour a victim? Possibly, but if she was any kind of victim that all went to hell when she decided to plunge a knife into Troy LaFerrara 20 times. If she was being forced into the life by her husband she crossed the line into killer without hesitation it seems.

In case you were wondering Pennsylvania does have the death penalty but haven’t executed anyone in 14 years and that was Gary Heidnik. So that should show you what kind of depravity you have to commit in order to get executed in Pennsylvania.

On a sort of off topic rant check out this headline from the Daily Mail.

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Second? Hell, this isn’t even the second craigslist killing I’ve posted this week. It’s the third for those keeping score.

I’ll give them credit though, sort of, they cite Richard Beasley as being the first. I can’t decide if it’s good or bad that they forgot about good old Philip Markoff who is usually cited as the ‘first’ craigslist killer. For the record he wasn’t even close to first. In my estimation the first would be John Steven Burgess.

Yes I know it’s easy to pick on the Daily Mail but they’re just a symptom of a larger disease in the mainstream media. Hysterics rather than reporting. Sensationalism rather than facts.

UPDATE 1/26/2014: Pennsylvania prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty for both Barbours. House of Horrors killer Gary Heidnik was the last person to be executed in Pennsylvania and that was 15 years ago.