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A Woman Found Out a Serial Killer Once Lived in Her Home From Watching TV - Would you move?

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM
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A Woman Found Out a Serial Killer Once Lived in Her Home From Watching TV

PHOTO: This Ferguson, St Louis home once belonged to suspected serial killer Maury Travis but the current resident says she did not know about its dark history before moving in.
 
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A Missouri woman has finally been able to break her rental lease after learning that her home was used as a torture chamber by a suspected serial killer over a decade ago.

Maury Travis hanged himself while he was being held in jail in 2002 but police now believe that he killed between 12 and 20 women, many of whom died in the basement of his Ferguson, Missouri, home.

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Catrina McGhaw had no idea about the home's sinister past, however, when she signed a lease in March, she told St. Louis station KMOV-TV.

 

PHOTO: Police never charged Travis with the murders of more than a dozen women because he killed himself after being arrested 
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PHOTO: Police never charged Travis with the murders of more than a dozen women because he killed himself after being arrested

 

She says her landlord - Sandra Travis, the suspected killer's mother - made no mention of the case or the bodies that her son allegedly kept in the basement before he was arrested in 2002.

It was only when a friend called her and told her to watch a documentary on serial killers that she realized that the home was connected to Travis' case, McGhaw told KMOV.

 

PHOTO: McGhaw only learned about the homes dark past after a friend alerted her to a documentary about serial killers. 
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PHOTO: McGhaw only learned about the home's dark past after a friend alerted her to a documentary about serial killers.

 

McGhaw says she asked Travis' mother to get out of the lease but Travis told her that she had mentioned the lurid backstory before McGhaw signed the lease.

Cheryl Lovell, the executive director of the St Louis Housing Authority, confirmed to ABC News that they helped negotiate the end of the lease.

"Initially, the landlord was not willing to let her break her lease but we talked with her and eventually the landlord agreed to rescind the lease," Lovell said. "In this state, there is no duty to disclose. Other states there are, but mostly that is for selling houses."

 

PHOTO: Travis videotaped his torture sessions with his victims in the home. 
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PHOTO: Travis videotaped his torture sessions with his victims in the home.

 

ABC News has been unable to reach Travis and McGhaw for comment.

Maury Travis, a 36-year-old hotel waiter, was never charged in any of the slayings that reportedly took place in his home but police found him after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper boasting about his 17 victims and sharing a map of where one of the bodies was buried.

Police were able to trace the map, which he made using a Web program, to his computer.

He was charged with two counts of kidnapping, which could have led to the death penalty, but he killed himself in his cell less than a month after being arrested.

 

PHOTO: McGhaw only learned about the homes dark past after a friend alerted her to a documentary about serial killers. 
KMOV/News 4 Investigates
PHOTO: McGhaw only learned about the home's dark past after a friend alerted her to a documentary about serial killers.

 

When police searched his home, they said they found makeshift cells in his basement and videos of his tormenting the women before tying them up to a wooden beam in the basement that still stands to this day.

In another scene of the graphic video, which was shared with ABC's "Primetime" around the time of the case, Travis is allegedly shown wrapping a belt around one victim's neck and snapping it before she went limp.

"This is first kill. Number One. First kill was 19 years old. Name - I don't know. I don't give a f***," he said in the video.

 

PHOTO: Travis reportedly strapped the women to a beam in the basement that still stands today. 
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PHOTO: Travis reportedly strapped the women to a beam in the basement that still stands

Infamous homes carry the stigma of the crimes that they played host to, but for some buyers it also leads to a lower price tag.

Some real estate agents decide to tell their clients about any questionable history, but many states have no legal requirements to disclose any deaths that took place on the property.

 

PHOTO: Her landlord is Sandra Travis, the mother of the accused killer. 
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PHOTO: Her landlord is Sandra Travis, the mother of the accused killer.

 

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littlemum41
by Bronze Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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 Ewwwww !

I'm not sure but I might want to move,too.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

I wouldn't move, but I'd probably do a house cleansing.

HamsterandCow
by Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM
I'd move.
autumn129
by AutumLeaves on Jul. 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

 Yup

jllcali
by Jane on Jul. 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM
Meh
TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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 Not unless he still has a key!

Who cares, now? 

It is just a building.  Many states do require a landlord to reveal "psychologically-impaired properties" though. 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 4:29 PM

 

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Not unless he still has a key!

Who cares, now? 

It is just a building.  Many states do require a landlord to reveal "psychologically-impaired properties" though. 

 He's dead, killed himself

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 4:45 PM
I saw the story about him on investigation discovery channel
He was one of sicko mother f...

I would move out too
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la_bella_vita
by Bella on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I would move out too.

viv212
by Gold Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM
I don't know if I would move. I like serial killer stuff 😕
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