Miranda Barbour was behind bars at the Northumberland County Prison since December. She and her husband, Elytte, are accused of killing a man they met on Craigslist just for the thrill of it.
Now, Miranda has a new home: the state prison near Muncy. She was transferred there Friday evening.
The transfer was discussed at today’s Northumberland County’s monthly prison board meeting in Sunbury. Northumberland County Prison Warden Roy Johnson called Barbour’s presence at the jail “disruptive”.
“It made it very, very difficult to focus on all the issues of all the inmates when you have one inmate who has that many needs,” Johnson said.
Northumberland County Commissioner Rick Schoch says Barbour was transferred mainly because excessive media attention caused security issues. He says media requests to interview Barbour were overwhelming.
“Issues that arose out of some of the heavy media coverage that this received. It posed some security issues to keep her in there,” Schoch said.
Miranda Barbour did give one jailhouse interview where she claimed to kill more than 20 people. That started the media frenzy. Now the county solicitor is drafting a new policy for face to face visits with inmates.
“It gives them the ability to exercise to speak to the press, but doesn’t burden the prison and the staff,” Schoch said.
Since Miranda Barbour left the Northumberland County Prison, her husband Elytte will be transferred here. Schoch says this will save Northumberland County taxpayers money since it costs about $100 a day to house Elytte at the Columbia County Prison.
“It was costing us more to house him in Columbia County than it will cost us to house her in Muncy,” Schoch said.
Investigators say they still have not found any evidence to back up Miranda Barbour’s claim to have killed at least 22 people in different states.