Newlyweds Killed Guy for Kicks: Cops
Pennsylvania couple allegedly lured victim into their car
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Miranda Barbour is led into District Judge Ben Apfelbaum's office in Sunbury, Pa., by Sunbury policeman Travis Bremigen.   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Another Craigslist killing? A newly married couple in Pennsylvania allegedly lured a man into their car and murdered him for the sheer thrill of it, the Daily Item reports. Police say Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, killed 42-year-old Troy La Ferrara after picking him up at a mall in their Honda CRV. (They first hooked up through a Craigslist ad offering her "companion" services, according to the AP.) When he got into the compact SUV, Elytte appeared from under a blanket in the back seat and strangled him while his wife stabbed him 20 times. La Ferrara's body was found in an alleyway.

Miranda initially told police that she killed La Ferrara in self-defense, but later said she and Elytte murdered him together. Both have been charged in La Ferrara's death and are being held without bail. In fact, the death of the father of Miranda's 1 1/2-year-old child may lead to murder investigations in other states linked to the Barbours, police said. Elytte apparently said they had tried to kill before but it hadn't panned out: "LaFerrara was just the one with whom it worked," he told police. Elytte shrugged his shoulders and smiled to reporters during his arraignment yesterday.

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JT119
Dec 8, 2013 6:02 PM CST
Couldn't they have had a bachelor party and shower like every body else ?
SterlingSteve
Dec 8, 2013 11:23 AM CST
Something grim to think about. Cartels kill for money. Others kill for power. But there are some people (Shady Hook, Craigslist, on and on) that kill for pleasure. What an amazing country and world we live in, don't you think?
NSA-CIApuppet
Dec 8, 2013 9:47 AM CST
Perhaps there is a problem with the standards for issuing marriage licenses. Should that governmental involvement in an interpersonal relationship be given greater meaning, purpose and effect? "Background checks"? Lengthy questionnaires that get fed into some data bank constructed with the assistance of the holy mental health establishment? Or maybe a complete moratorium on permitting people to become newlyweds. I am sure a doctor Phil type can be found who will swear this crime would not have been committed if they were still merely dating. What do you think, Texas1?