Woman Sees Her House on TV, Discovers It Was Suspected Serial Killer's Torture Den

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The north St. Louis County house where Maury Travis, then Catrina McGhaw, lived.
Catrina McGhaw was watching an episode of A&E's Cold Case Files on suspected St. Louis serial killer Maury Travis when something struck her as strangely familiar.

The house where Travis is suspected of tying up, torturing and killing at least two -- and possibly as many as ten -- women is the same house McGhaw rents now, she tells KMOV (Channel 4).

"This whole basement was his torture chamber, and it's not OK," McGhaw says on KMOV.

Here's the A&E special on Travis:

McGhaw had no idea she was moving into a home with such a sinister history, so she called her landlord to get out of the lease. Turns out, the landlord knew exactly what happened in that house; she's Travis' mother. And she had no interest in helping McGhaw leave.

"She said, 'No, you signed the lease, and you need to stay there until the lease is up,'" McGhaw tells KMOV. The landlord eventually agreed to let McGhaw leave the house at the end of the month.

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Once the house's true background was exposed, McGhaw says a few previously minor details suddenly became downright creepy: Travis' mother gave her a dining-room table for free, which seemed fortuitous until McGhaw saw it in the crime-scene photos. And in the basement -- which was covered in blood splotches when police investigated in 2002 -- the pole where Travis allegedly tied up the women he tortured still stands.

McGhaw says she can't stop thinking about that basement pole, especially the time a two-year-old relative playing near the pole claimed to see an apparition.

"She looked over and she was like, 'She's scared, she's scared,' like she saw somebody who was scared and crying," McGhaw tells Channel 4.

"And there was nobody there?" reporter Chris Nagus asks.

"Nobody was there," she answers.

Travis, a 36-year-old hotel waiter and paroled robber, killed himself in his jail cell in 2002 after being arrested for two, and suspected of eight more, serial murders. His suspected victims were mostly prostitutes with drug habits.

He was arrested after investigators traced a letter and map he sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that led authorities to a woman's body in remote St. Charles County.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Tyler Garrett
Tyler Garrett

Sell me the place cheap enough, I'll live there!

Franklin Bobbitt
Franklin Bobbitt

It doesn't matter if they were hookers or not they were human beings

Matthew Avitt
Matthew Avitt

Why don't we make paying taxes used for welfare/section 8/and food stamps a seperate check box on the tax forms. That way if you don't want to support it you can opt out. And all these bleeding hearts can feel free to donate as much of THEIR money as they want to a cause they want!

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Bunch of judgmental pricks!

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

Section 8 aside... she wants out of a contract because she believes in ghosts? Superstition shouldn't negate legality. Sorry a bunch of hookers died in your house. Call the pastor, get it blessed if makes you feel better, and keep it moving.

Ken Dean
Ken Dean

Who gives a shit ....she lives there for free after Section 8 , not to mention her nice car and two or three flat screens....go live on the street

Matthew Avitt
Matthew Avitt

Maybe she should sell the flat screen TV ' s and pay her own way! The facts are she's only paying $90 month for rent and she's bitching ... why in the world would I be compassionate about that? The old saying is "don't bite the hand that feeds you" and that's exactly what she is doing. Now that she's went on TV complaining I hope the IRS , sec 8 and fraud units start a deep investigation into her finances.

Kim Stiehr
Kim Stiehr

You guys no NOTHING of her situation. Maybe she is trying to get on her feet. Stop being so judgmental. You are whats wrong with the world. Instead of being compassionate you are assholes. Get over yourself.

Matthew Avitt
Matthew Avitt

She should stop her bitching she pays $90 a month to live there. And the "pole" that is still standing in the basement is probably a support beam. If you want to be so picky on where you live get a job, stop having babies and pay your own way. Youre lucky that your welfare/food stamps/sec 8 ass isn't on the street.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ranch with colorful history featured on national television.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

these are all over that nasty city

Travis Holmes
Travis Holmes

Only the basement. The rest of the house was, according to the show, meticulously clean

William E Cummings
William E Cummings

Ya keep in mind look at her nice tv in a house our tax dollars are payin her rent.ya HUD

Jaimie Hileman
Jaimie Hileman

No laws in MO requiring disclosure... some states require.

Jason Charney
Jason Charney

I remember that house. It's NOT haunted. Unless a blacklight shows old luminol stains, it should be fine.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

So spooky that the baby saw a woman when no one was there....and that they were eating meals off that bloody dining room table. It doesn't sound like the mother of the serial killer is put together with all the screws intact either.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

Because I don't need Section 8. For $90 a month, I would be happy to put my own up up for rent and take in some easy money, while living there.

Natalie Enrietto
Natalie Enrietto

See, there's worse landlords.... Amanda Albritton Sarah Richey

Curt Crader
Curt Crader

Wow, only a few blocks from my old house.

Brenda Denton Langbein
Brenda Denton Langbein

I wish people would shut the he'll up about her flat screen tvs. What other kind should she have? Besides, the story is about the house not her financial situation.

Danielle Patrick
Danielle Patrick

It shouldn't matter if she is on section 8, renting the house or market value or buying the house. It shouldn't still be standing. It should have been demolished after the investigation was complete.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

Karma is fake. Ghosts are fake. You are a mystical weirdo.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I wouldnt give a shit. I dont believe in ghosts and if the house was cleaned then so be it.

Danielle Patrick
Danielle Patrick

Sara Danger Powers I watched it online this morning and I honestly feel like his hatred towards women stemmed from his relationship with his mother. Why would she want to rent the house knowing what occurred there? She has to have some issues as well

Chandra Harris
Chandra Harris

I agree that its disconcerting that someone can only have to pay 90 bucks a month in rent , obviously affording her the ability to buy those flat screen televisions -but the whole sec 8 conundrum is a completely different conversation.

Emily Whitlock
Emily Whitlock

OMG! I probably have seen that episode. I used to watch the show all the time! How crazy would that be??

Al Davis
Al Davis

If you watched the episode you would have seen she had a lease agreement to pay $90 month in rent. Pretty sweet deal! I need to work the government system to receive all these perks.

Norma Cole Sosko
Norma Cole Sosko

Jon Slade im sure mom doesn't believe a word about her precious boy. Its all a lie in her eyes im sure.

Jon Slade
Jon Slade

Mom sounds like a psycho too.

Troy Woods
Troy Woods

She only pays on $47 in rent! SHUT UP!

Nathan Aaron
Nathan Aaron

In July 27, 1987 the human race reached the mark that for every 6 inches you move on land someone had died within a 5 foot radius

Jodie Bahr
Jodie Bahr

I think the owner(mommy) should live there.

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