Dad doesn't believe daughter's claims of being a mass murderer

Feb. 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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SUNBURY, Pa., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The father of a woman charged with killing a Pennsylvania man says he doesn't believe her claim she has killed at least 22 people.

However, Sonny Dean says he supports the execution of his daughter, Miranda Barbour, 19, if she is found guilty, the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., reported.

"Believe very little of what Miranda says. She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty," Dean said in a telephone interview from Texas published Wednesday.

Barbour, who with her husband Elytte, 22, is charged with fatally stabbing 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara of Sunbury in November, claims to have killed 22 people in Alaska, Texas, California and North Carolina.

Dean doubts Barbour's claims. It's possible she killed someone in Alaska during a brief period in which she ran away from home, he said, "but I can promise you that she has only been to California once and Texas a few times and both times she wasn't out of my sight."

"I don't believe her," he said. "There is no way."

Dean said as a Christian he has struggled with the morality of the death penalty. Should his daughter be convicted and sentenced to death, Dean said he felt capital punishment would be "an appropriate end in this situation."

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