Monday, February 24, 2014

Possible Teenage Serial Killer Claims Crimes in Texas

A teenager who recently offered a confession that, if true, would make her one of the most prolific serial killers in American history claims that part of her crime spree occurred right here in Texas. Miranda Barbour was arrested in Pennsylvania, along with her husband, on charges of criminal homicide in the stabbing and strangulation murder of Troy LeFerrara. The couple met LeFerrara through an ad on Craig’s List. It did not take long for her to tell authorities that she was responsible for “more than 22” but “fewer than 100” other deaths.

Barbour claims that she murdered people in multiple states from Alaska to Pennsylvania, including a stop in Texas, and could pinpoint the location of each crime. She states that this was done while she was under the allegiance of a satanic cult but she does not regret any of her actions because she only killed bad people.

There are doubts to her story, however. Law enforcement in the various communities in which she claims to have murdered know nothing of deaths to which she could be connected. Instead, her father argues that she is a troubled nineteen-year-old who was a victim of sexual abuse as a young child who always struggled, including with an admitted drug addiction.

It appears that investigations into Barbour’s possible crimes is far from over, as she has presented detectives with a lot to unpack.

Bertolino LLP is not a firm involved in criminal defense, or in prosecuting the crimes of a possible serial killer. However, this case, into which our home state has been drawn, at least peripherally, serves as a reminder of the complicated nature of the work faced by police officers and other members of law enforcement. Our attorneys do see this work every day as we handle cases ranging from motor vehicle accidents to protective orders. We certainly trust that justice will be done in this case as well.

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