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January 25, 2014

Former satanist: 1 a clue

LaFerrara slaying may be linked to numerical oddity

SUNBURY — A former satanist who consults with authorities when occult elements are in evidence pointed to possible clues in the high-profile homicide in which a newlywed couple is charged with killing a Port Trevorton man.

A string of satanic coincidences in connection to the murder of Troy LaFerrara, 42, may not be coincidences, said Adele Neveling, a South African and former satanist who, in her April 2013 book, “Bloedoffer,” writes she was about to perform a human sacrifice of a young child in 1996 before being stopped by the boy’s father.

Sunbury police accuse Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 19, of Selinsgrove, of murdering LaFerrara, alleging Miranda stabbed the engineer 20 times while Elytte was waiting for a sign to pop out from under a blanket in the back seat of Miranda’s vehicle and strangle him.

Police have remained tight-lipped since the Barbours were arrested in December.

However, Miranda posted an ad on Craigslist in which she invited men who hated their wives and were looking for fun to contact her for companionship.

The ad was uploaded at 1:11 a.m. Nov. 1.

On Nov. 11, the same day as Elytte’s 22nd birthday, LaFerrara was slain.

That would make the ad posting at 1:11 a.m. on 11/1, with 11/11 the day of LaFerrara’s killing and Elytte’s birthday.

“The relevance to satanism in the Pennsylvania case is that important satanic dates are usually dictated by the satanic calendar, but each satanist’s birthday is also regarded as an important day in satanic celebrations,” Neveling said Thursday. “It can include anything from blood and sex rituals to death rituals.

“Since sex is considered the most powerful act to be used during rituals, since it is believed that sex invokes power and fluids, sex paraphernalia is often part of practices and rituals. It is possible that there would be many other signs or items found on the crime scene that will show what types of sexual interest they’ve had and practiced.”

The numeral 1 definitely has meaning, Neveling said.

“All the 1’s are related to the personal satanic date connected to the accused’s birth date,” she said. “In numerology, the 1 symbolizes strength, determination, unwavering and with specific goals in mind. The 1 can turn dreams and ideas into reality.”

Police didn’t release what, if anything, was discovered at the crime scene, but have scoured the Barbours’ Selinsgrove residence three times to collect evidence, a former roommate of the couple said.

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