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Skeptics of 'Craigslist killer' speak out

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Suspected killer Miranda Barbour claimed to have killed her first victim when she was just 13 years-old, a disturbing thought for those who knew her back then.

"We were still going to school together and we went to the bowling alley together and stuff like that," said Austin Rench.

Rench said he went to middle school with Barbour around the time she said she started killing.

"It's really ... it's a weird feeling to think that of her other life she was a part of," he said.

Police believe Barbour and her newlywed husband used a Craigslist “companions ad” to lure 42-year-old Troy Laferrara to his death, just because they wanted to kill someone together.

Both entered pleas of not guilty.

Barbour opened up in a jailhouse interview last Friday and claimed to have killed at least 22 people.

On Monday, her husband, Elytte, wasn't so forthcoming.

There's no shortage of skeptics of Miranda Barbour's motives and her story.

"I honestly believe you have a young woman who is in a lot of trouble that needs to rationalize her behavior," said Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice, at Bloobsburg University Bob Boschgat

"She watches a lot of TV and possible made a lot of it up to possibly get insanity plea," said Kelly Bailor, a friend of Troy Laferrara

But police are looking into it anyway.

"At this point, we are contacting various state and federal agencies to request assistance to determine the validity of the alleged allegations,” said Chief Stephen Mazzeo, Sunbury, PA Police Dept.

Attorneys for both Barbour and her husband requested mental evaluations.

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