Satanists deny any connection to Barbour

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.

Satanists: Accused Craigslist killer not one of us – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

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.

  8 comments for “Satanists deny any connection to Barbour

  1. Chris Howard
    February 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    The problem is that, like any religion, a person may follow the basic, core, tenet and be a Satanist.

    The same holds for Christians. If you believe that Jesus was The Christ then that’s all you need to call yourself a Christian.

    So the “ordained” Church of Satan– I’m assuming Anton Lavey, here– can claim that she isn’t affiliated with them, but they cannot claim that she isn’t a satanist.

    She, like everyone, chose a belief to validate her worldview.

    “Our personal cosmologies change to suit to our needs all the time. That is, if we’re lucky enough to live somewhere that’s legal. Our religious views, both as cultures and individuals, are sought and chosen to reinforce, justify and lend meaning to our pre-existing beliefs, not to alter them.”-Larry Womack

    • Blargh
      February 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      So the “ordained” Church of Satan– I’m assuming Anton Lavey, here– can claim that she isn’t affiliated with them, but they cannot claim that she isn’t a satanist.

      Especially since the Church of Satan has absolutely nothing to do with what anyone else would call Satanism. LaVey picked a term that was already in widespread use and tried to appropriate it, so I have very little sympathy for their always being mistakenly accused in cases like this one.

  2. busterggi
    February 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Call me cynical but I’d bet she has a ‘conversion’ experience to grab public support from diehard Christians – hey, they brag about having ‘converted’ Dahmer.

  3. February 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Her account of Satanic rituals sounds more like a Mike Warnke spiel, nonsense derived from morbid imagination and bad movies.

  4. February 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM
  5. Angela
    February 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I’m glad the police are taking a skeptical view of her claims. I still remember the Satanic Panic and reading of the lies that were ruined because SO many were quick to believe outlandish stories. I’ve been reading a lot about false memories and how easily the brain can be tricked into remembering something that never happened. Especially if it is reinforced by others believing without question.

    One death is horrible and I hope justice is served. I’m just glad to see the police immediately raise the skeptical eyebrow.

    • Angela
      February 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      *lives, not “lies”…typos make me sad. Especially when they are my own.

      • February 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Can’t you edit your comments? I added a plugin that should allow you to do that.

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