A Pennsylvania teen's well-publicized claim that she killed dozens of men in the past six years hasn't gained much traction yet with authorities -- or her mom.
Miranda Barbour, who is accused of killing a man in November whom she met through Craigslist, made national headlines last week when she told a local newspaper in Sunbury, Pa., that she killed at least 22 other people in Alaska, Texas, North Carolina and California.
Barbour, in the jailhouse interview, told The Daily Item she was sexually abused as a child, joined a satanic cult in Alaska when she was 13 - and that the cult leader helped her pull the trigger on her first kill.
Barbour, 19, lived in Alaska for several years, attending high school in Palmer before moving to North Carolina. She claimed most of her murders were in Alaska.
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Elizabeth Ipsen, spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, said in a statement that troopers have been in contact with authorities in Pennsylvania and "will follow up any credible lead" they receive.
"At this time the Alaska State Troopers are not aware of any information - beyond Barbour's comments quoted in the press - or evidence that would implicate Barbour with a homicide committed in Alaska," Ipsen said.
In North Carolina, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the state's Bureau of Investiation "remains in contact with Pennsylvania authorities to determine if there is any credible information related to any unsolved homicide in North Carolina."
A spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Nick Pacilio, declined comment.
The FBI said it is assisting police in the investigation but did not specify any locations.
In Pennsylvania, Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Rosini is pursuing the death penalty for Barbour and her husband, Elytte, in the Nov. 11 fatal stabbing of Troy LaFerrara, 42. That is the only murder charge she currently faces.
"There has been no verification of any of the information that has been the subject of media coverage regarding prior acts of the defendant," Rosini said Tuesday.
Miranda Barbour's mother, Elizabeth Dean, also doubts her daughter. 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.
But she told the station she did not believe her daughter is a serial killer.
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