Accused Craigslist Killer's Dad: OK to Execute Her
If Miranda Barbour is found guilty and jury wants death, Sonny Dean says that's fine
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2014 7:30 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, Miranda K. Barbour is led into District Judge Ben Apfelbaum's office in Sunbury, Pa.   (AP Photo/The News-Item, Mike Staugaitis, File)

(Newser) – Should Miranda Barbour be convicted of killing a 42-year-old she and her husband are accused of luring via Craigslist and murdering, execution would be a fine punishment. So says her ... father. In an interview with the Daily Item, Sonny Dean says that he would actually "stand side by side" the widow of Troy LaFerrara and "hold her hand" as his 19-year-old daughter is put to death. In a statement written for the LaFerrara family, he says, "If chosen by the jury, [capital punishment] is an appropriate end in this situation." Among his other not-so-loving words about his daughter: He describes her as the most manipulative person he's ever met, a selfish heroin addict, and a liar. And he says she absolutely lied when she claimed to have murdered at least 22 people—though he does believe she may have the blood of one additional life on her hands.

He suggests she may have killed someone in Alaska, as she claimed, describing it as a "possibility" because she "ran away from home at least two times that I remember, both for over a 48-hour period ... I don't know what took place during either of those 48-hour periods." (For their part, Alaska State Troopers say there's no evidence Barbour is tied to any unsolved murder in the state, reports the Anchorage Daily News.) As for claims regarding out-of-state murders, Dean says, "I can promise you that she has only been to California once and Texas a few times and both times she wasn't out of my sight." She moved to North Carolina two years ago, but Dean says the relatives she lived with watched her like a hawk.

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Feb 22, 2014 7:24 AM CST
So says her...oooh, who could it be?
Feb 22, 2014 3:38 AM CST
Removing emotion from the debate is a far better way of responding. Although we as humans should strive for individualist every human on the planet human is only partly responsible for their actions. We don't choose to be born or carry our parents genes, we don't get to decide whatt kind of society we are born into. Therefore it is both nature and nurture that is responsible. Free will is an illusion. You may believe you have free will, that e ery action you take is new and uninfluenced but that is an untruth,not a lie,but a myth. We are manipulated by everything around us. The woman in the story is the guilty party, and according to those who control the environment she lives in, the state or country, she has broken the rules agreed by those in control and their supporters. She is to be punished by those same people. The father should also be investigated as a parent he decided to bring this child into the world, he brought her up, he has definately failed her and the community he brought her into. He is shirking his responsibility. He should be held accountable too and the mother, and those who influenced her. All should be held accountable and recieve suitable sentence. To kill the woman is simplistic, to say "well she did the crime therefore she has to face the punishment" is too simplistic and it is a simplistic way by all of those who contributed to this persons being and indirectly to her crime to avoid any responsibility.Thus her father, who seems exasperated by his failure, is allowed to get away with his pathetic attempt at avoiding any responsibility or sanction.
Feb 21, 2014 11:52 PM CST
Our society is too kind to these monsters. It takes millions to execute these monsters and also takes over 10 or more years to talk more about if society should execute these monsters. I guess the lawyers are making all the money from these long delays and ur Judges just love to look ove these monster cases. Citizens should fire all these Judges or politicians for a change to make sure they do things much faster when the evidence are without doubt. In this case, she should be executed right after finding out she is guilty. Will society do that? I doubt it. US citizens are just too kind or maybe our judicial system is flawed. Same for our government, something is not right. Something really bad. Will our national debt haunt all citizens one day in the future? These are questions most people don't really care about.