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Police: Young ‘couple just wanted to murder someone together’

Elytte (left) and Miranda Barbour

Elytte (left) and Miranda Barbour

Elytte, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18, of Pennsylvania were in love. They eloped and married just this fall, on October 22. Then in an act that Sunbury Police Corporal brad Hare describes as “pretty twisted,” they decided that in addition to spending the rest of their lives together, they wanted to kill together. Now it looks like they may just spend the rest of their lives separated by prison walls.

The couple had been putting ads on Craigslist for Miranda’s paid companionship for lonely men, planning to kill whoever responded to their add. Elytte stressed that his new wife and accused murderess Miranda, who has been providing companionship through Craigslist for some time, ”is not a prostitute. What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives, and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”

According to police, the Barbours initially denied even knowing LaFerrara, but police traced the last call from LaFerrara’s phone to Miranda’s phone. As the investigation developed, the couple’s stories allegedly changed from Miranda’s story of self-defense to a mutual confession to premeditated murder.

After the couple’s December 6, 2013, arrest, Elytte told investigators that they had planed to lure and kill one of Miranda’s lonely-heart customers for some time, but that things never seemed to work out, until Troy LaFerrara, 42, came along, just three weeks after the couple’s wedding. LaFerrara responded to the ad and met with Miranda on November 11, while Elytte hid under a blanket in the back of the SUV.

Elytte reportly told police that when Miranda signaled him, he jumped out from under the blanket, wrapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck, and strangled him while Miranda stabbed the victim about 20 times. Police found LaFarrara’s body dumped in an alley in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, on November 12.

After the murder, the couple reportedly cleaned their SUV with towels and cleaning wipes, and went out to to a strip club to celebrate Elytte’s birthday.

Both Elytte and Miranda Barbour are under arrest and in separate jail cells, facing charges of criminal homicide.

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