By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — Eight days after Miranda Barbour and her husband, Elytte, were running low on money, the teenaged male companion flashed an online photo of the wedding band she had just selected.
“Finally picked the perfect wedding ring,” she wrote on Facebook in a photo that showed only a hand with a ring.
That was also eight days after police say she brutally slashed to death Troy LaFerrara and took his wallet.
That wedding band is comparable to a $3,000 band on the website from the company she visited.
On the day of her three-week wedding anniversary, police say Miranda Barbour, an 18-year-old Selinsgrove resident who operated a male companionship business, stabbed LaFerrara 20 times and left him for dead in a Sunbury alley.
On that day, Nov. 11, Miranda Barbour decided to try to make extra cash to take her husband to a Harrisburg strip club to celebrate his 22nd birthday. Previous meetings with men net anywhere from $50 to $850 and all were uneventful, her husband, Elytte Barbour, said in an interview with The Daily Item on Wednesday.
“We didn’t even have enough money to go to Harrisburg that night,” Elytte Barbour said. “We were strapped for cash.”
Miranda Barbour met LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton, on the Internet site Craigslist, police said.
The night of Nov. 11 was the last time LaFerrara was seen alive.
Police arrested Miranda Barbour after she turned herself in at the Selinsgrove state police barracks Tuesday.
“I didn’t know she was going to meet with him,” Elytte Barbour said of LaFerrara. “I knew what she did for a living and I was OK with it and I found out after all of this she was trying to make extra cash for my birthday.”
Miranda Barbour told police she met with LaFerrara at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, Hummels Wharf, and then the two drove to Sunbury when LaFerrara told her to pull over, investigators said.
Once the vehicle was stopped, LaFerrara began to grope and touch her private areas. That’s when she said she blacked out and stabbed him 20 times, heard him gasping and choking for air, then dumped his body in a city alley and left town, Miranda Barbour told police, investigators said.
Barbour then went to a Routes 11-15 department store and bought supplies to clean the blood-soaked vehicle, returned to her residence and picked up her husband for the birthday bash, police said.
“We were going to a strip club for my birthday,” Elytte Barbour said. “I didn’t know any of this happened until the day she got arrested. She told me everything and I believe her.”
During the three weeks Miranda Barbour kept her secret from police, she selected her wedding ring, decided to post a photo of the band on her Facebook page, and wished herself happy holidays in another online post.
Days before the murder, Miranda Barbour, formerly of North Carolina and Alaska, was posting on her Facebook page photos of her and her 1½-year-old daughter.
Miranda Barbour posted a picture of her daughter Nov. 9, just three days before LaFerrara’s body was found.
The next post didn’t come until Nov. 17, when Barbour told her friends, “I am soooo sick ... Body aches, fever, sore throat, throwing up ... I am so happy I have an amazing husband Elytte Barbour that can take care of me. Any advice to help me get better is appreciated!!”
Two days later, she posted a picture of a wedding ring and wrote: “Finally picked the perfect wedding ring.”
Another post, on Nov. 26, stated: “Oh wow!!!! It’s finally here!!! SNOW!!!! Happy Holidays to me Happy Holidays to me!!! YAY!!”
The last post Miranda Barbour made before her arrest was on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day: “Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! So many first time things this year!! Hopefully everything works out if not guess it’s Chinese night! Haha.”
The Facebook page lists her hometown as North Pole, Alaska, and several of her friends on the account are from North Carolina or Alaska. Miranda Barbour updated her current city status to Selinsgrove on Nov. 27. The Barbours were married Oct. 22 and moved to Selinsgrove about five weeks ago, Elytte Barbour said.
Elytte Barbour defended his wife Wednesday and said he was not aware of his wife’s actions Nov. 11 and that he didn’t find out until the day she was arrested.