The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 1, 2014

Sister: Miranda is a liar

SUNBURY — Ashley Dean doesn’t believe her baby sister’s claim that she killed more than 22 people and instead is using her fascination with television serial killer “Dexter” to embellish her own story.

“She is lying,” Ashley Dean said of her sister, Miranda Barbour. “She is a master at lying. She takes a lot of truths and puts the lie in the middle so when people talk to her they see all these truths and then they believe the lie.”

Dean said she hasn’t spoken to her sister since 19-year-old Miranda Barbour was arrested on Dec. 3 in connection with the stabbing death of Troy LaFerrara, 42, of Port Trevorton. “The last message I got from her was when she left the police station,” Dean said. “Since then, she wrote me a letter, but I haven’t responded because I don’t know what to say.”

Dean, 22, still lives in Alaska, which Miranda Barbour left in 2010. Dean attends college but declined to talk about her personal life because of all the media attention, she said.

Barbour called her sister after being questioned at the Selinsgrove state police barracks and told her she needed her.

“I called back, but she was already arrested,” Dean said. “So I called Elytte.”

Elytte Barbour was arrested three days after his wife. Sunbury police said he admitted hiding in the backseat of Miranda Barbour’s vehicle, and after a sign was given, he popped up from under a blanket and began to strangle LaFerrara while his wife stabbed the Port Trevorton man at least 20 times.

“He told me the exact story he told the newspaper,” Dean said. “I told him I would be there for him, and since he married my sister, I considered him my family, and whatever he needed I would be there. But I had a feeling something wasn’t right.”

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