Man killed by newlywed couple who claimed the killing was either in self-defense, because of Satanism, or for no reason more than they wanted to kill someone

November 11, 2013Sunbury, PennsylvaniaTroy LaFerrara is strangled and stabbed to death by newlyweds Elytte and Miranda Barbour Miranda (18) and LaFerrara met on Craigslist after Miranda posted an ad for escort services. The two met in Miranda’s car; unbeknownst to LaFerrara, Elytte (22) was hiding in the backseat awaiting the code phrase “Did you see…

Man strangles, rapes, and sets neighbor on fire

September 2, 1994Wilmington, DelawareBrian D. Steckel (27) strangles, rapes, and sets his neighbor Sandra Lee Long on fire Steckel’s story changed during the course of his interrogation, trial, and incarceration. In the most consistent version of events Steckel claimed he visited Long’s apartment to ask to use her telephone — multiple neighbors at the Driftwood…

Woman strangles baby she was babysitting

January 1, 1963 Phoenix, Arizona Betty Smithey (20) strangles the 15-month-old baby she was babysitting Four years before the murder, Smithey (then 16) kidnapped a child she was babysitting. She took 18-month-old Mitchell Johnson from his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hitchhiking or taking buses along the way. She and the toddler were found in…