I read the interview with 19-year-old Miranda Barbour in the original newspaper story and thought, oh my gosh, this kid is delusional. While she may very well be guilty of the “Craigslist” murder, she claims she was a member of a Satanic cult and killed so many people that she stopped counting at 22.
I figured the story would get significant media play. It has. I’d opine there are few who read the story who would not help but think she is concocting an elaborate story to gain attention. Serial killers have a sick celebrity reputation in our culture.
Her life is ruined, why not make it even more dramatic. It’s disturbing to read. It’s also annoying to the Church of Satan who have stated they have nothing to do with her or any murders.
Barbour, who has been charged with one slaying in 2013, told the newspaper that she has been involved in 22 killings.
Authorities haven’t corroborated her claims, and top Satanists say they have no ties to Barbour or her husband, Elytte Barbour, who is also charged in the 2013 killing of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. Police say LaFerrara responded to a “companionship” ad placed by Miranda Barbour on Craigslist.
“According to our records, we have never had any contact from this woman, nor her accomplice,” said Magus Peter Gilmore, head priest of the Church of Satan. “It seems to me that she is calling herself a member of a ‘satanic cult,’ not a legally incorporated above-ground form of satanism.”
“Thorough investigation will likely demonstrate that this cult story is fiction,” Gilmore added.
I’d bet Gilmour is right on that. Perhaps she had ties with people who called themselves Satanists but are fringe groups that do not subscribe to any set religion or organization. Or, she is banking on the reputation of Satanism that evokes fear in the Christian population. The article notes that the official Satanic Temple members are “[more like] political provocateurs than an organized religious group”, making statements about religion in the public sphere such as this one. For those of us who value religious freedom, it’s rather humorous to see how people react to the idea of Satanism.