The father of accused Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour says he will support the death penalty if she is convicted, but he also insists she isn’t the mass murderer she claims to be.
Sonny Dean told the Daily Item that he would stand by the widow of Troy LaFerraro and “hold her hand” if Barbour was executed.
Barbour, 19, and her husband Elytte Barbour, 22, are charged with the November murder of LaFerraro, who the couple met through Craigslist.
In a jailhouse interview, Barbour claimed she joined a Satanic cult when she was 13 years-old and has participated in at least 22 ritual killings in Alaska, California, North Carolina and Texas.
Barbour’s father paints a very different picture of the teen. Dean says she’s a manipulative liar who spent most of her life in and out of treatment centers for heroin addiction.
“But she was able to talk the doctors into letting her out of treatment,” Dean said. “We couldn’t stop it from happening and she was out.”
“She is good at manipulating people,” he explained. “She is the most manipulative person I have ever known.”
Dean says when some of the alleged murders would have been taken place, she was living in his home, where she wasn’t free to come and go as she pleased. He said he kept a close eye on Barbour when she got mixed up with drugs. She also lived with an attentive aunt and uncle in North Carolina, where she had a daughter, who is now 2 years old.
“She started college,” he added. “She just didn’t do these things she said.”
“Miranda lives in a fantasy world made up in her own mind,” he said. “She craves attention, is selfish, dishonest and manipulative.”
“I will always love her, he added. “However, only God knows what she needs or how to reach through to her. To say the past few months have been challenging and stressful is a gross understatement.”
Dean says he prays for peace and comfort for LaFerrara’s family on a daily basis.
“If I could trade my life for his, I can honestly say that I would do that for you. Twenty years in the military has taught me to be prepared to sacrifice. As a Christian, I have often struggled with the issue of capital punishment,” he wrote in a prepared statement to the LaFerrara family.