Barbour’s Murderous Claims: Fact Or Fiction?

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SUNBURY -- A woman charged in the killing of a man she and her husband met through the social network Craigslist told a newspaper reporter in Northumberland County during a jailhouse interview that she has killed many times before.

Now, investigators want to know if she is telling the truth or just looking for attention.

The Northumberland County district attorney says he is skeptical about Miranda Barbour's claims that she killed at least 22 people.

The FBI and Sunbury police are now investigating her dramatic claims that were reported in a newspaper over the weekend.

But what does Miranda Barbour's own husband have to say?  Today he spoke to Newswatch 16.

Elytte Barbour arrived at the Sunbury police department to be photographed and fingerprinted.  He spoke to Newswatch 16 about his wife Miranda's claims to have murdered more than 20 people.

“I plead the Fifth,” Barbour said when asked if he believed Miranda’s claims.  “Who's to say (if she’s honest)?”

“Don't put words in my mouth,” he added.

It all started Friday after Miranda Barbour gave an interview to newspaper reporter Francis Scarcella of the Daily Item.  She claimed to have committed more than 20 murders in other states.

Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says his department listened to the recorded interview and officers are treating it seriously until proven otherwise.

“At this point, we are contacting various state and federal agencies for assistance to determine the validity of the alleged allegations from the perpetrator,” Chief Mazzeo said.

The chief says the Sunbury Police Department is assisting the FBI and out-of-state law enforcement agencies to investigate Barbour's claims.

“There doesn't appear to be any other homicides that occurred relevant to this perpetrator in our jurisdiction, so everything else would be referred to other jurisdictions for them to follow through.”

We also spoke with Barbour’s attorney Edward Greco and Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini.

Rosini says he is skeptical about Barbour’s claims to have killed at least 22 people.

“We have been in contact with other law enforcement agencies where she has lived and haven't received any information verifying what she said,” Rosini said.
I have no comment on the Daily Item story.  We are proceeding with pretrial motions and heading towards trial,” said Greco.

Investigators say Miranda Barbour has not yet been evaluated by a psychologist.  Both Elytte and Miranda Barbour have been granted permission by a Northumberland county judge to hire psychiatrists at the county's expense to determine their competency to stand trial.

Neighbors in Sunbury are stunned by the alleged thrill killer's claims.


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