Resident Discovers Home Was Once Serial Killer’s ‘Torture Chamber’

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This is one of those incidents where it’s better not to know. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

via Phantoms and Monsters

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.’’’


  • Number1Framer

    What this landlord really needs to do is lease it out to emotionally unstable musicians to use as temporary studios for recording their dark, misanthropic masterpieces ala Trent Reznor recording “The Downward Spiral” in the Tate murder house. Other than that, sounds like a killer deal….

    • InfvoCuernos

      I know, my first thought was “SCORE!”. Not that you’d catch my ass living there, but you can bet I’d be doing tours and crap, maybe hosting “seances” and goth parties.

      • Number1Framer

        If you wanna make the fat stacks, the big money’s on a Halloween haunted house. You’d probably get them at $50 a pop. You wouldn’t even need any props or actors.

    • BuzzCoastin

      the headline suggested to me
      a new Residents album was being hyped

      • Number1Framer

        Hey wait a minute…is this a sly reference to all seeing eyes?

        • BuzzCoastin

          It’s a typical North County ranch house
          on a tree-lined street.

  • BuzzCoastin

    once again proving
    Missouri loves company

  • Jolly Jack Splendid

    Do your research when hiuse hunting! That being said, that landlord sucks. I can only imagine the vibe in that house. What a nightmare.

  • Woobniggurath

    Dear old mom.

    • InfvoCuernos

      C’mon, we all know it was probably her that contributed to her son being the nut he was-haven’t you seen “Psycho”?

  • vivianrbrown

    my Aunty
    Allison recently got a nice 6 month old Jaguar by working from a macbook.this website C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

  • Timothy Lal

    Isnt that illegal to withhold that kind of information. Any lawyers please correct me, but wouldn’t that fall in some range of false advertisement?