The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 16, 2013

LaFerrara's widow: ‘I hope they rot in hell’

PORT TREVORTON — Colleen LaFerrara will probably come face-to-face with Miranda and Elytte Barbour, the newlyweds who allegedly stabbed and strangled her husband, at their preliminary hearings on Friday, and the 32-year old widow has a message for the Selinsgrove couple.

“I hope they rot in hell,” LaFerrara said Monday from her Port Trevorton home. “God forgives, and I don’t know if I’m that good of a Christian.”

LaFerrara wants the public to know what kind of man Troy, her 42-year-old husband, was. The slaying became a national news story after the Barbours told police they were just “looking to kill someone, anyone.”

“Troy was a great man,” she said. “He wouldn’t have hurt a fly.”

On the night of Nov. 11, Miranda and Elytte Barbour met Troy LaFerrra at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummels Wharf and lured him into Miranda Barbour’s red Honda CRV before making the trip to Sunbury, police allege.

Once in the city, Elytte Barbour, 22, waited for a signal from his wife and popped out from under a blanket in the backseat and wrapped a cord around LaFerrara’s neck, and Miranda Barbour, 19, began to stab the civil engineer, police said.

With Troy LaFerrara clinging to life, the Barbours drove around Sunbury before dumping his body in an alley behind Catawsissa Avenue, police said.

The Barbours then went to a department store on Routes 11-15 to purchase supplies to clean the Honda before celebrating Elytte Barbour’s birthday at a strip club in Harrisburg, according to police.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this girl is she got to mother a child,” Colleen LaFerrara said. “I read in the paper that she will be allowed to have visits. I don’t know if I will ever be a mother now, and Troy would have been a great dad, and now we won’t ever get that chance.”

Colleen LaFerrara spoke about the night her husband didn’t come home.

“It was after 1 a.m. and I didn’t think anything of it because he would go with his friend and they would hang out and talk,” she said. “By 3 a.m. I knew something was wrong, and I went to go look for him. I couldn’t find him and the next three hours were the longest three hours of my life waiting to call someone that may have known where he was.”

When morning came, Colleen LaFerrara called police and reported her husband missing.

Once Colleen LaFerrara received the news about her husband’s death, she worked to help police find the killers.

“I am glad they caught these individuals,” she said. “But it still doesn’t bring Troy back.”

Colleen LaFerrara said her husband would tell her he loved her every time he left the house, and on the day of his murder, he sat Colleen down and explained why.

“He told me that it was because if anything ever happened to him when he went to work he wanted me to always know that he loved me,” she said. “So the last words I ever spoke to him was him saying he loved me.”

Colleen LaFerrara reminisced about how her husband loved to hunt and couldn’t cook.

“I asked him one time to boil water while I was on the way home,” she said. “I got home and the water was ice cold.”

Hunting was Troy LaFerrara’s passion, Colleen LaFerrara said.

“He would only hunt for buck,” she said. “He was brought up that does shouldn’t be touched and he also wouldn’t shoot anything he wasn’t going to use. He would never shoot anything he wouldn’t eat. He was just, honestly, a good guy all around.”

Colleen LaFerrara explained how her husband was protective.

“There was a time when police were searching for a criminal who was out assaulting people in our area,” she said. “Troy found out about this and came to my work and bought everyone Mace so we would be protected.”

Even people Troy LaFerrara didn’t know felt his kindness, his wife said.

“A friend of mine was over the house one day and she was explaining to me how she couldn’t find a Tickle Me Elmo doll she was looking for, for her child,” Colleen LaFerrara said. “So Troy heard us talking, and he went online and began to search. He found one and called my friend up and told her he had the doll. She was so excited, and she started crying and telling me that he didn’t even know her and he was so kind to go out of his way to help her.”

The LaFerraras met online, Colleen LaFerrara said. They were 10 years apart in age but Colleen LaFerarra said she knew he was the right man for her.

“We clicked,” she said. “I was looking for someone who was older and more mature, and I couldn’t have gotten luckier than to meet Troy.”

For Colleen LaFerrara the road ahead will be a long one, she said.

“There will be no justification here,” she said. “I don’t want to sit and listen to what kind of childhood these people have had. I am upset and I am mad. I have no sympathy at all for them.”

Troy LaFerrara answered a Craigslist ad, police said, but Colleen LaFerrara wants the public to know it doesn’t mean her husband was looking for a discreet meeting with a woman.

“No one knows,” she said.

Miranda Barbour told police she placed a Craigslist ad and waited for men to respond so she could meet individuals for conversation, police said.

Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item his wife never posted any ads for sex, and she would be paid between $50 and $850 for “delightful conversation.”

Colleen LaFerrara understands that people have questioned why her husband visited Craigslist in the first place and she has a message for anyone who is curious.

“No matter what anyone says or no matter what bad decisions Troy may have made, he loved me,” she said. “He loved me and no one can take that away. And no one will.”

Miranda Barbour is due in court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, while Elytte Barbour will appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Both preliminary hearings will be held in the Northumberland County Courthouse in Courtroom No. 1.

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