FAIRBANKS—An alleged killer in Pennsylvania claiming a body count of at least 22 other people says North Pole is her hometown, though school records appear to show her residence in the Interior ended while she was still a young child.
Still, the association has stuck in many stories about Miranda Barbour. North Pole is known as the home of holly jolly Christmas cheer, but it's getting notoriety as far abroad as England as the hometown of a confessed Satanic serial killer.
Barbour, formerly Miranda Dean, was arrested in the fall on a charge of killing a man in Pennsylvania. Barbour told a local reporter in a jailhouse interview that, not only did she and her husband, Elyette Barbour, kill the Pennsylvania man, she had killed at least 22 other people — including many in Alaska — in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.
Although the 19-year-old Barbour claims North Pole as her hometown, her proximity to Santa Claus Lane appears to end early in her childhood. She attended kindergarten and first grade in North Pole but transferred from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District in May of 2002, according to district records.
The district database goes back to 1992, before Barbour was born, and does not show her re-entering school in the North Pole or Fairbanks area.
The trail picks up in the Matanuska-Sustina Borough School District. Barbour attended school in Mat-Su through the 2009-10 school year, spending her first semester at Colony High School before transferring to Valley Pathways High School near Palmer and Wasilla, according to Mat-Su spokeswoman Catherine Esary.
After the 2009-10 academic year, Barbour left the Mat-Su school district and moved to North Carolina, where she met her husband, before moving this summer to Pennsylvania.
Barbour has no known contact with the Fairbanks Police Department, according to Lt. Dan Welborn. As of Monday, Fairbanks Police had not received requests from any other agencies for information, Welborn said.
Fairbanks has unsolved cases just as any other police department, Welborn said, but, he added, it would obviously be too early to begin jumping to any conclusions about Barbour's involvement in anything.
Alaska State Troopers have been contacted by the Pennsylvania police department handling the single murder investigation, according to spokesperson Beth Ipsen, but she could not confirm whether the FBI had reached out to Troopers.
The North Pole Police Department could not be reached to comment in time for this article.
Contact staff writer Weston Morrow at 459-7520. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMschools.