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February 17, 2014

Barbour: Slaying was in the stars

SUNBURY — For someone who says her experience with homicide extends beyond 22 victims, Miranda Barbour detailed a number of missteps and miscalculations that took place the night she and her husband, Elytte, killed Troy LaFerrara in Sunbury, including a missed cue for when to pounce.

“I can tell that we used a different signal than what has been reported,” she said, speaking by phone through a transparent partition in the library at Northumberland County Prison. “Our sign was I was to say ‘Did you see the stars tonight?’ before my husband was to do anything.”

From the beginning, the plan was for Elytte to lie on the floor in the back their red Honda CRV under a cover and spring forward at a pre-arranged signal

“When the man (LaFerrara) got in to my car I told him I just turned 16,” she said. “When he said he didn’t care, I knew.”

Miranda said LaFerrara put his hands under her dress, and she said, “Did you see the stars tonight?”

Elytte never moved, she said.

Shortly after that, they crossed the Veterans Memorial Bridge from Shamokin Dam to Sunbury. Miranda said LaFerrara moved his hand farther up her leg.

“I again said ‘Did you see the stars tonight?’ ” Miranda said.

Once again, Elytte didn’t move, she said.

“I then hit him (Elytte) in the leg, and he began to strangle the man,” she said.

“Things got out of control and I switched (to a different person) and I got the knife out.”

Originally, Miranda said, she was not going to use her knife because she knew stabbing LaFerrara would leave in a lot of evidence inside her Honda.

Later, Miranda and her husband joked that when she switched to this other personality, seemingly possessed by violence, Elytte would call her “Super Miranda.”

Miranda said the pair placed LaFerrara’s body in an alley, not knowing exactly where it was.

She had never been to Sunbury before that night.

Miranda and Elytte, newlyweds on their third-week anniversary, left Sunbury, then returned to see where they had placed the body.

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