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Teen Killer Says Drugs, Sex and a Satanic Cult were Behind Her Murder Spree That Left 22 or More Dead

A 19-year-old Pennsylvania woman claims that her involvement in a satanic cult led her to kill at least 22 people. Miranda Barbour, who is currently being held on charges of killing Troy LaFerrara, a man she met on Craigslist, told the media that her nationwide crime spree lasted six years and spanned from Alaska to North Carolina.

“I feel it is time to get all of this out. I don’t care if people believe me. I just want to get it out,” Barbour told a reporter for the Daily Item, a local paper.

Barbour said she got her first taste at murder at age 10 when she joined an Alaskan-based satanic cult. 

“It was in an alley and he (the cult leader) shot him,” she said, refusing to reveal the identity of the cult leader killer. “Then he said to me that it was my turn to shoot him. I hate guns. I don’t use guns. I couldn’t do it, so he came behind me and he took his hands and put them on top of mine and we pulled the trigger. And then from there I just continued to kill.”

During the next few years, according to Barbour, she rose up in the ranks of the satanic cult, fueling her killer lifestyle with sex and drugs.

“I wasn’t always there (mentally),” she said, pointing out she was heavily using drugs at the time and got pregnant twice. “I knew something was bad inside me and the satanic beliefs brought it out. I embraced it.”

She also said she approached the killings like a seasoned serial killer, stalking and studying her prey before the attack.

“I would lure these people in,” she said in the jailhouse interview taped by police. “I studied them. I learned them and even became their friend. I did this to people who did bad things and didn’t deserve to be here anymore.”

Despite not yet being convicted of the November killing of Troy LaFerrara, the professed teen serial killer also talked openly to the reporter about how she had lured LaFerrara to the mall with the promise of sex for $100. After something he said set her off, however, she decided it was his time to die.

“He said the wrong things,” she candidly admitted, despite facing the death penalty for her crime. “And then things got out of control. I can tell you he was not supposed to be stabbed. My husband was just supposed to strangle him.”

While it is unclear at this point if Barbour’s confession is anything more than the attention-seeking fiction of an extremely troubled teen, police investigators are taking the claims seriously and authorities have been in contact with law enforcement in other jurisdictions to see if they can, in fact, validate Barbour’s outrageous claims.

In the meantime, Barbour claimed she is willing to talk to police and pinpoint the locations of the bodies at any time. “By no means is this a way to glorify it or get attention,” she stressed. “I’m telling you because it is time for me to be honest and I feel I need to be honest.”

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