Miranda Barbour's father admits her sensational tales are 'possible'
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- Miranda Barbour claimed she killed 22 people and has given police details of where to find the bodies - but her parents have called her a liar
- Her father has said she could have been responsible for one more death as there were times when she ran away from home
- He called her 'the most manipulative person I have known'
- She is currently locked up on suspicion of killing Troy LaFerrara, a man she met through Craigslist, with her husband last November
By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 06:20 EST, 20 February 2014 | UPDATED: 08:29 EST, 20 February 2014
The father of self-proclaimed serial killer Miranda Barbour has said he will support his daughter's execution if she is found guilty and even hold the hand of the victim's widow.
Sonny Dean added that he believes his 19-year-old daughter may have been involved in one other murder besides the November 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42, in Sunbury.
But he denied that she has killed 22 people - as she claims - and branded her a 'manipulator'.
Police said LaFerrara met Barbour through her Craigslist ad, which offered companionship in exchange for money. Barbour, like the fictitious serial killer Dexter, said she only killed 'bad people'.
'Killer': Miranda Barbour (with a police officer in December) has been involved in more than one murder, her father has claimed. She is also accused of stabbing a man to death after meeting him on Craigslist
Investigators allege Barbour stabbed LaFerrara about 20 times in her parked car as her husband, Elytte Barbour, held a cord tight against LaFerrara's neck from the back seat and then dumped his body in an alley.
The self-confessed teenage serial killer has claimed to have been involved in a satanic cult and that she had a favorite knife which she added notches to every time she slayed another victim.
Dean told The Daily Item that his daughter was a heroin addict and is a liar and manipulator, but he doesn't think she is a mass murderer.
'Miranda lives in a fantasy world,' he said.
Barbour told The Daily Item last Friday that she had killed fewer than 100 people but stopped counting at 22. She said she lured a man into an alley in Alaska and watched as the leader of a satanic cult to which she belonged shot the man before telling Barbour it was her turn.
Victim: Barbour's father said he would hold the hand of his victim's widow, Colleen LaFerrara, while watching his daughter get executed. Colleen is pictured with husband Troy on their wedding day in 2011
Investigation: Miranda Barbour is pictured right in her mug shot and left with her baby son. The father of the child died when her boy was one and authorities are now looking to see if his death was suspicious
Locked up: Elyette Barbour is taken into the courthouse in Sunbury, Pennsylvania in December. He is accused of accompanying his wife and strangling Mr LaFerrara in the grisly November killing
'Believe very little of what Miranda says,' said Dean, of Texas. 'She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty.
'She is good at manipulating people. She is the most manipulative person I have ever known.'
It is possible she participated in a killing in Alaska, he said. He also did not dispute her claim of being a satanist.
'The reason I think that the Alaska incident is a possibility is that Miranda ran away from home at least two times that I remember, both for over a 48-hour period,' he said.
'Once was around the age of 13 and once was sometime the following year, when she was 14. I don't know what took place during either of those 48-hour periods.'
Dean also said she had been in and out of treatment centres after she became hooked on heroin, and that she was so persuasive she was able to talk her way out of the centers.
Parallels: Like the fictitious serial killer Dexter (pictured), Barbour said she only killed 'bad people'
Death sentence: Mr Dean said his daughter should be put to death if found guilty (file picture)
'We couldn't stop it from happening and she was out.' he said.
He said once Miranda became hooked on drugs they refused to let her out of the house unsupervised - meaning she could not have carried out the many murders she has claimed.
'Once all this stuff with drugs started happening we locked our house down,’ he said. ‘She wouldn’t have had the chance to do any of these things she said.’
His ex-wife Elizabeth Dean also denied her daughter could have been a serial killer.
Mr Dean said he prays for peace and comfort each morning for LaFerrara's family, especially the victim's widow, Colleen LaFerrara.
In a prepared statement to the family, he said if a jury decides his daughter should be executed, 'I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this.'