The story of 19-year-old Miranda Barbour, the so-called "Craigslist Killer," just keeps getting weirder. If you haven't been following all this unpleasantness (and who could blame you?), back in December, Barbour was charged along with her husband of three weeks of murdering Troy LaFerrara, a Pennsylvania man she met on Craigslist. She confessed to killing LaFerrara for the thrill of it, but then she gave a jailhouse interview in which she claimed she'd been murdering people since she was 13 as part of a satanic cult. Saying that her killing spree claimed at least 22 victims, Barbour says the bodies are currently scattered throughout Alaska, Texas, North Carolina, and California.
Plenty are skeptical of Barbour's shocking confessions, including her own father. However, instead of saying his daughter needs help, Barbour's dad has come forward to state that the death sentence is an appropriate punishment for his "selfish, dishonest, and manipulative" daughter.
If Barbour's claims are true, she's one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history. But her father Sonny Dean told The Daily Item last Friday that his drug addict daughter can't be trusted.
Believe very little of what Miranda says. She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty.
Dean says he doesn't dispute her claims of being a satanist, and that she may in fact have killed an additional person in Alaska:
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. 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.
As for the other "victims," Dean says Barbour has only been to California once and Texas a few times, and that she was monitored too closely to have been sneaking off committing murders.
Dean says his daughter has been in and out of treatment centers for heroin addiction and struggled with behavioral issues, and that he "tried everything in (his) power to get her the help that she needed."
Miranda lives in a fantasy world made up in her own mind. She craves attention, is selfish, dishonest, and manipulative. I will always love her. However, only God knows what she needs or how to reach through to her. To say the past few months have been challenging and stressful is a gross understatement.
He said the most difficult part of the whole situation is Barbour's statements of having no remorse or regrets, and her claim that if released, she would kill again.
For a father who has taught all of his children the importance of integrity, honesty, and compassion for others, this hurts me deeply.
In a prepared statement to the LaFerrara family, Dean wrote,
As a Christian, I have often struggled with the issue of capital punishment. However, as the reality of it settled in over the past few weeks, I believe God has brought me peace with the fact that capital punishment, if chosen by the jury, is an appropriate end in this situation. In that case, I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this.
Wow. As as a parent, I can't even wrap my head around the idea of knowing your child was capable of this sort of horrendous, senseless act of violence. And then to try and guess whether they committed many more crimes or were simply lying about doing so. I can understand Sonny Dean's need to distance himself, and the unspeakable horror and frustration he must be feeling. And yet ... god, she's still his daughter. She's clearly very broken inside, whatever she's actually been doing. I can't help but feel sad for everyone involved -- the victim's family, Miranda Barbour's family, and Miranda herself.
What do you think about this situation? Can you understand why Miranda Barbour's father would say he supports the death sentence for his daughter?
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