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Newlywed 'Thrill-Killers' Met Victim On Web
A newly married couple stabbed a Pennsylvania man to death after contacting him on Craigslist because they wanted to kill someone together, police have said.
The body of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara was found with 20 stab wounds in an alley in Sunbury, a small city northwest of Philadelphia, after he had responded to an advert offering companionship in return for money.
Elytte Barbour, 22, and Miranda Barbour, 18 - who had been married just three weeks at the time of the killing - have both been charged over his death.
According to police, Elytte Barbour told investigators he hid in the backseat of the couple's SUV as his wife collected Mr LaFerrara from a shopping centre on November 11.
He told police that, on his wife's signal, he wrapped a cord around LaFerrara's neck, restraining him while Miranda Barbour stabbed him.
Miranda Barbour was charged on Wednesday after initially denying that she knew Mr LaFerrara
However, according to a police affidavit, her story changed after it was discovered that the last telephone call received by the victim was made from her number.
The affidavit said Miranda Barbour acknowledged meeting the victim in Selinsgrove and driving with him to Sunbury.
She said LaFerrara groped her and she took a knife from between the front seats and stabbed him after he put his hand around her throat, according to the affidavit.
Police said Miranda Barbour had told them she then bought cleaning supplies at a department store before picking up her husband and taking him to a strip club for his birthday.
But Elytte Barbour later said it was him who made the purchase and this was supported by CCTV footage.
Following his wife's arrest, Elytte Barbour told The Daily Item newspaper that his wife hired herself out as a "companion" to men she met on websites and that he supported this because it did not involve sexual contact.
He said his wife made between $50 and $850 for activities including having dinner or walking around a mall.
After he too was arrested, Elytte Barbour said the couple had planned to kill before but it had never worked out, police said.
"LaFerrara was just the one with whom it worked," he reportedly told police.
Sunbury police Chief Steve Mazzeo also told The Daily Item that investigators will also be looking into the death of a man with whom Miranda Barbour had a one-year-old child.