The newlyweds who celebrated their three-week anniversary by slaughtering an innocent man...

Couples who kill Miranda and Elytte Barbour

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In November 2013, Troy LaFerrara went to visit his mother. The next day, his dead body was discovered, dumped in a back garden. He’d suffered multiple stab wounds. The hunt was on for Troy’s killer.

There were no obvious suspects. Standing at 6ft 2in and weighing 20st, it would appear that Troy could defend himself.  So it was shocking when police arrested a petite, 19-year-old woman named Miranda Barbour. The last call on Troy’s mobile had been made to the teenage newlywed.

When questioned, Miranda Barbour admitted involvement, claiming she’d killed Troy in self-defence. Miranda told police Troy had answered an advert she’d placed on Craigslist, offering ‘companionship’ in exchange for cash. She said after they’d met at a local mall, he’d got in the passenger seat of her car, and began groping her. Fearing for her safety, she told officers that she’d stabbed Troy in self-defence, then panicked and ditched his body.

Miranda Barbour in custody. Photo: PA Photos

Miranda Barbour in custody. Photo: PA Photos

But detectives weren’t convinced by this account.  So they arrested Miranda’s new husband Elytte Barbour, 22. His story was very different – a murder confession filled with chilling detail.

Elytte told police that he and Miranda had wanted to commit the murder together to celebrate their three-week wedding anniversary. He said Miranda had lured Troy into the car while he hid under a blanket in the back seat. And on his wife’s signal, Elytte had leapt up and wrapped a cord around Troy’s neck. As Troy was choking, Miranda stabbed him 20 times.

After dumping Troy’s body, the murderous couple spent the evening in a strip club.

Following Elytte’s confession, Miranda told the truth, too. But she had an even more twisted tale. In a shocking jailhouse confession, she bragged that she was a merciless serial killer. She claimed she’d joined a satanic cult in her native Alaska, and spent her teenage years on a callous killing spree.

‘When I hit 22, I stopped counting. But it’s less than 100,’ she boasted of her body count.

The FBI launched an investigation but found no evidence. It was assumed that Miranda Barbour was a fantasist.

In August 2014, Miranda and Elytte Barbour both pleaded guilty to second-degree murder to avoid the death penalty. Elytte expressed remorse, but he now had a teardrop tattoo on his cheek  – a symbol used by criminals to brag that they’d killed someone.  Miranda showed no signs of repentance, and had already admitted, ‘If I were released, I would do this again.’ The judge agreed and jailed both to life, without parole.