Pennsylvania 'Craigslist killer' says she slayed dozens more across U.S. as part of satanic cult: report


My point is the failure of the educational system is leading to horror and chaos. Miranda Barbour was 19 years old when she and she husband committed this horrific “thrill murder.” At 19, she should have been studying science, history, comparative religion and literature. An educated mind would dismiss “Satanic cult” nonsense straightaway. How could they be so gullible so as to take other human lives in a desperate attempt to confirm their chimerical beliefs? Their logic must have been: I’m committing gratuitous and meaningless murder, therefore the devil exists.


First of all, if she would have diligently studied biology in high school, she would have learned about the “dark side” of human evolution. Although replicating DNA has been around four billion years, most complex life (metazoa) exists only since the Cambrian Explosion, 550 million years ago. But it wasn’t until the Mesozoic Era, 250 mya that reptiles began to diversify and take over the terrestrial land mass of the newly formed continents. Humans are here only a few seconds in comparison; just five million years since Ardipithecus descended from its verdant protective canopy. It’s only to be expected that humans carry reptilian evolutionary baggage considering the vast time periods in lower life forms. “Eat or be eaten” is as true for us today as for the primitive replicators of the primordial pond.


One benefit and intellectual dividend of being a nonbeliever is the corollary to “there is no God”: there is no devil either. If all the humans disappeared today in an insane act of self annihilation, the devil would disappear also. It exists only in the human mind. Ms. Barbour might have learned this in English class as well.


William Golding’s Nobel Prize winning, 1954 story tells us the same thing allegorically. Instead of naming his book The Devil, Satan, the Angel of Darkness, Lucifer, Mephistopheles, the co-founder of Gaia theory chose to title his book, Lord of the Flies, for the Arabic word “Beelzebub.” Jack, who represents the Freudian concept of “Id”, gains satisfaction in killing the pig with a double-pointed spear. The joy and pleasure of the kill wasn’t merely the fact that he was going to eat and survive, but Jack “imposed his will on the pig, by taking its life.” There’s more than the mere survival of the hunt, there’s the thrill of it, and it’s precisely what we should expect from quadruped carnivores that survived the “Law of the Jungle” for millions of years in the reptile-dominated Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods—comprising nearly 200 million years of life on the planet.


But that was before human thought and reason came on the scene. Just because lower life forms act a certain way, that doesn’t mean humans have to. Although our plutocratic leaders and owners treat us like barn animals, that doesn’t mean we have to act like pigs in an overcrowded sty.


As a writer and poet I can imagine and empathize with the horror and insult to reason of this ludicrous atrocity. Elytte, Ms Barbour’s deranged husband, (he’s “elite” all right, shows the fantasy world his parents lived in) who was hiding under a blanket in the back, sprang out of nowhere to garrote the victim while Miranda stuck him multiple times in the torso like Jack’s pig. All Mr. LaFarrara’s ego could do was to deny the reality of it. We can rest assured, as Golding states, that his death was “due to the satisfaction it provides primal instincts and has nothing to do with contributing to the common good.” Nor does it have anything to do with devils and demons, other than the inside the mind of a gullible girl too lazy to do her homework.


The bloody pig’s head on the tip of the spear stuck in the sand began to speak to Simon:  “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”


It’s pretty evident we need a Mirror Reversal (a new look at human phylogeny) and close, close, close this sad chapter in the Story of Mankind before we self destruct.  As Simon says, “maybe we are the beastie.”



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Comment by Michael Penn on February 20, 2014 at 2:33pm

Exactly correct, Richard.

Comment by Rich Goss on February 20, 2014 at 11:28am

Thanks for the info Michael.  It still doesn't detract from my thesis that delusional belief in underworld mythology causes humankind, past and present, great suffering. As pointed out in the above paragraphs, normal mammalian physical motivations (instincts for lack of a better word) are misunderstood and confused with evil. “The devil made me do it,” is no excuse because there is no devil.

Comment by Michael Penn on February 20, 2014 at 8:44am

As authorities go about checking the recent claims of Miranda as a "serial killer" they are finding nothing to back up her stories. This is either some crap in her head, or she is wanting us to believe her for some reason. In a great many similar stories involving others it all comes to nothing and was complete fantasy.

Comment by Rich Goss on February 18, 2014 at 6:27pm

"I think your reaching a bit when you blame DNA for hunter instincts.


Arrow, I certainly agree with your take on Dexter.  Who the hell is Miranda to determine who and what is evil.  Read my first essay and you’ll see why I believe Pope Benedict should be put on trail for crimes against humanity. 


As far as the above cited quote goes, DNA is precisely what makes deer herbivorous and lions carnivorous.  It even makes penguins and pelicans piscivorous.  It’s relevant here because natural hunter instincts, which we need to survive, are confused with distinct supernatural entities, the devil, that is. That’s a persistent motif of Lord of the Flies.


Comment by Michael Penn on February 18, 2014 at 3:45pm

"I think your reaching a bit when you blame DNA for hunter instincts."

I see 9 replies here and don't see any of them claiming DNA has anything to do with hunter instincts. Maybe I didn't read properly, or something to do with satanism can be assumed that I did not assume, etc. I'm not sure. Someone please explain it to me as I don't think we are all on the same page here.

Comment by Reg MM on February 18, 2014 at 2:28pm

Well you sent me off on a research venture. From what I had understood, satanism did not really condone killing in the name of the cult, so this had me curious to look it up. Of course I just went to wikipedia, so there might be some misinformation there, but it's generally held up to what I remember reading before (from some book, some where that I can't recall at the moment). Of all the satanic cults (wikipedia lists 4), only one-the Order of the Nine Angels-actually condones killing of other human beings as a way to cull the herd so to speak. But they're mostly in England with a very small following, so my guess is that our dear Miranda has never heard of them much less joined their ranks. The Church of Satan is the most widely attended satanic cult and is probably the one that most of the populace at large thinks of when they hear the words "satanic cult". From reading through their beliefs, they would most likely decry what Miranda has done in the name of satan. From the article: 'Scapegoating has become a way of life, a means of survival for the unfit. As an extension of the Judeo-Christian cop-out of blaming the Devil for everything, criminals can gain leniency, even praise, by placing the blame on a convenient villain. Following the Satanic creed of "Responsibility to the responsible", in a Satanic society, everyone must experience the consequences of their own actions—for good or ill.' (this page)  From what I read (on the internet, so it must be true /sarcasm) satanism has more to do with individual freedoms and not feeling guilty about taking pleasure in which ever way you like rather than killing people in the name of the devil. So I question straight off what sort of satanic cult Miranda says she and her husband belonged to. It sounds to me like they're trying to get off on a "the devil made me do it" defense.

Comment by Craig on February 18, 2014 at 2:15pm

I think your reaching a bit when you blame DNA for hunter instincts. A hunter who kills prey will be satisfied for starvation has been postponed. Following enough time im sure hunting would become an event worthy of some sort of celebration; depending on how desperate the people are. You may even begin to see rituals crop up in the form of habits passed down from parents. In fact im fairly sure that there are celebrations for the harvesting of crops. As for murder and the killing of fellow people, We still have rituals for how a person in certain situations must be killed.

Comment by Michael Penn on February 18, 2014 at 1:23pm

Richard, I find it disturbing as well. My take on "Dexter" and also the term "satanic" is sometihng that Nancy Grace and her producers have added here. They appear to be putting a theist take on murders that have no connection to either of the terms used, or to a TV show. For Miranda Barbour to claim that everyone she killed "deserved killing" is pretty bizarre if all they were looking for is to get laid.

My point is that we will see in the end how this plays out. Miranda is either playing the media (and therefore playing us) or it is all real.

Comment by Rich Goss on February 18, 2014 at 11:00am

Thanks for the comments. 

For some reason I found this case disturbing.  Maybe because it is clear example of how weird mythology can cause such human suffering. 

As far as the Dexter reference goes, how is the 23-year-old La Farrara victim so evil he deserves to be killed?  He was apparently a normal, young male with normal desires who wanted to engage in normal sex.  I blame the churches for convincing their followers that sex outside the confines of their repressive orthodoxy is sinful. 

The couple is psychotic all right, obviously.  But we can’t just say “they’re crazy” and leave it at that.  The important question becomes, “what caused it?”  Proselytizing them about heaven and hell, devils, talking snakes and holy ghosts is part of it.

Aside:  Here’s a good one my son told me.  It’s mentioned in the Humanist Essays book in the ad with the marijuana plant.

No American serial killer (and we’ve had some pretty disturbed and deranged individuals) has ever come up with something so sick and terrifying as the Church’s concept of hell.  Just think: eternal pain and suffering that never subsides and never has a chance of ending.  What could be sicker than that? And people believe it and incorporate it into their view of the world.  Result: Miranda Barbour.  




Comment by Michael Penn on February 18, 2014 at 7:52am

Let me do a different take on this, OK. I saw it on Nancy Grace that this woman admitted killing much more, and she stopped counting after 22. Next it's thrown in that she's a "real life Dexter" and that these killings were said to be "satanic."

I watched the entire "Dexter" series where Dexter Morgan works with the metro police and targets the bad people who fell through the cracks and therefore escaped the law. Dexter literally "killed bad people" and this is something Miranda also claims now. Dexter was in no way "satanic" but this claim is being made that Miranda was. How are you satanic and only killing "bad people?" How do you do both?

Media claims here are taking this Craigslist killer at face value and taking us for a grand old ride. Only time will show how much of a ride Miranda is taking us for.



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