The father of a Pennsylvania teen who claims she killed dozens of people in a 6-year rampage in five states says she might have been involved in more than one murder, but doesn't believe she is a serial killer.
Sonny Dean says his daughter Miranda Barbour, who is charged with one murder in Pennsylvania, is a heroin addict and a liar.
"I don't believe her," Dean told The Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa. "There is no way."
Barbour, 19, and her husband Elytte Barbour, 22, are charged with killing Troy LaFerrara, 42, in the Sunbury area in November after she agreed to have sex with him for $100. In a jailhouse interview last week, she claims to have killed dozens of other people -- since the age of 13 -- in Alaska, California, North Carolina and Texas.
Barbour lived in Alaska for several years, attending high school in Palmer before moving she and her mother moved to North Carolina in 2012. She claims most of her murders were in Alaska.
It is possible she participated in a killing in Alaska, Dean told the newspaper.
"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," said Dean, who lives in Texas.
If his daughter is convicted and sentenced to die in LaFerrara' murder, Dean says he would be willing to hold the hand of LaFerrara's widow as his daughter is executed.
"If I could trade my life for his, I can honestly say that I would do that for you," he wrote in a prepared statement to the LaFerrara family, adding that "I believe God has brought me peace with the fact that capital punishment, if chosen by the jury, is an appropriate end in this situation. In that case, I would stand side by side with you, take your hand, and silently pray that some good may come of this."
Miranda Barbour told The Daily Item she killed dozens of people but stopped counting at 22. She said the killings began when she and helped lure a man into an alley in Alaska and watched as the leader of her satanic cult shot the man once, then helped Barbour pull the trigger again.
"Believe very little of what Miranda says," said Dean, of Texas. "She has a long history of extreme manipulation and dishonesty."
Miranda Barbour's mother, Elizabeth Dean, said she also doubts her daughter's story. Dean, of Cary, N.C., told WRAL-TV in Raleigh that her daughter became involved in a cult while they were living in Alaska, adding that she often got in trouble. She and her daughter had moved from Alaska to North Carolina in 2012 to start a new life, she said.