"I had a bunch of friends who had moved there and whenever I talked to them, they said: 'You will love it here. This is the city for you,'" Ferrell said.
She had never been to New York before, but she packed a suitcase full of clothes, a suitcase of books and a box of knick knacks and headed east, skipping out on her $60,000 bail. Salt Lake City Police issued a warrant for her arrest.
Ferrell fit right in with Brooklyn's hipster community. She had the tattoos prove it: for instance, a giant phoenix spreads across her chest.
Her first tattoo -- inked at 17 -- is on her right wrist and says: "Live life to the fullest until you die." It's based on Greek mythology's three muses. Ferrell's mom signed for the tattoo and made her promise "that I would never get any more."
The next year, she moved out on her own and got the phoenix. It includes the eyes of her mom, little, brother Kyle and her grandfather. It also includes oleanders, which she said are "beautiful flowers but are poisonous."
Her third and final tattoo, on her back, which carried the message "I Love Beards" in words and images.
"I like guys who dress really, really nicely but have beards," Ferrell said. "Living in New York was great because you have these Wall Street investment bankers that had these nice-fitted suits and then beards. It was amazing."
Ferrell's past finally caught up with her when she started work as assistant to Erik Lavoie, publisher of Vice Magazine. Within her first week, Lavoie put her name into Google and came up with a wanted poster from the Salt Lake Police Department.
Ferrell said he was looking to add her as a Facebook friend. Lavoie did not respond to a request for an interview.
The Salt Lake City police have been posting most-wanted posters and You Tube videos for about a year, which has led to about 100 arrests, according to Sgt. Fred Ross.
"We're trying to stay on the cutting edge," Ross said.
Vice decided to do a story, "We Hired a Grifter," telling people to Google applicants.
The story said that in her week at Vice, Ferrell didn't cause much damage, except for some e-mails to the folks who run guest lists at music venues.
"We think that's because it happened to coincide with the week she came down with a light case of cancer. (It cleared up.)," the story said.
Shortly after that, the New York Observer did a longer story detailing Ferrell's criminal and sexual exploits. The newspaper called her The Hipster Grifter. The name stuck.
Soon stories started appearing on the Web about Ferrell. New York media blog Gawker picked up the story and ran with it.
As the media attention peaked, Ferrell said it was too much. She had lost her job, was being harassed and said it was time to clean up her record. She said she had been talking to the Salt Lake City police and decided in May it was time to turn herself in.
But instead of going to the New York police, she got on a bus and went to Philadelphia.
"I thought it might slow the media down," she said. "But you guys are crazy. You'll go anywhere."
When she gets out of jail, Ferrell hopes -- if her probation allows it -- to eventually return to New York.
"If there is anywhere that can forgive," she said, "it would be New York."