This is one of those incidents where it’s better not to know. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
How would you react to the news that your home was once used as a torture chamber by a serial killer?
It sounds like a made-for-TV movie, but instead it’s a real life nightmare for one St. Louis woman. It’s a typical North County ranch house on a tree-lined street.
Catrina McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered $810 in rent. Until a family member told McGhaw to check out a cold case documentary about serial killers airing on the A&E Network.
McGhaw is living in the same Ferguson, Missouri house serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber. The landlord even gave her the dining room table; the same one from the crime scene photos.
“When she showed us the house, she said you can have this table if you want,” McGhaw said.
But it’s what happened downstairs that freaks her out the most. That’s where Travis recorded some of his crimes; at one point he sent the St. Louis Post Dispatch a map to identify victim 17. Some of the victims were tied to a pole in the basement.
“This whole basement was his torture chamber and it’s not okay,” she said. McGhaw called her landlord, begging to get out of the lease, but the landlord wasn’t sympathetic. Turns out the landlord is the killer’s mom.
“She said ‘no you signed a lease you need to stay there until the lease is up.’’’