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Dr. Phil talks to CBS News 8 about the 'Craigslist Killer' case

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(CBS 8) - It's a murder case that shocked the nation. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Phil talked to the mother and sister of accused "Craigslist Killer" Miranda Barbour, who claims to have murdered more than 22 people. But Dr. Phil has a different take on the case.

She's officially charged with one murder, but Barbour says she stopped counting her killings at 22. On Monday's show, Dr. Phil talked with Barbour's mom and sister to figure out where things went so wrong, and why all the warning signs were missed.

Barbour is accused of killing Troy LaFerrara after meeting him through a Craigslist ad for companionship. It happened last November in a small town near Philadelphia. Her husband Ellytte was also allegedly involved.

Police are calling it a "thrill kill" for the couple, who were celebrating their 3-week wedding anniversary.

Dr. Phil told me in our one-on-one interview Monday morning that he doesn't believe Barbour's claims of multiple killings are true.

"Bodies are not matching up to dates and times. So hopefully, hopefully this tragedy is isolated to this one thing," Dr. Phil said.

But he admits, she does show the signs associated with serial killers.

"Torturing and killing pets, conflict with authority, different kinds of violence within relationships. A history of being abused or molested... I mean she hit a lot of the characteristics that profilers point to when identifying a serial killer," Dr. Phil said.

This case is not the first crime tied a Craigslist ad, and won't be the last, which is why Dr. Phil reminds all of us to be careful when meeting internet connections.

"It needs to be in public. It needs to be with friends there. It needs to be in a way that protects your full identity, contact information, address, until you've really done a deep dive on who this person is, we just have to move with caution," he said.

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