Missouri woman gets out of rental lease after learning home belonged to suspected serial killer

By Elizabeth Learned,

A Missouri woman was able to get out of her rental lease for a home that once belonged to a suspected serial killer. Catrina McGhaw did not know of the home’s history until a friend told her to watch a documentary on serial killers.

New York Daily News reported McGhaw was watching a documentary on serial killers, and one of the featured psychos was set in her own home.

The killer, Maury Travis, had used his basement as a makeshift torture chamber, where he allegedly killed 17 to 20 women. He hanged himself in prison before he could be tried for murder.

Even the furniture McGhaw was living with in the home was the same as in crime scene photos, such as a dining room table, and a wooden beam in the basement that was used to tie up the killer’s victims.

Travis’ mother, Sandra, owned the home and claimed she had told McGhaw about the house’s past, even though McGhaw said that was not the case.

KMOV reported the St. Louis Housing Authority finally got Travis’ mother to let McGhaw out of her lease.

McGhaw said of the home, “This whole basement was his torture chamber and it’s not okay.”

ABC News reported the Housing Authority’s executive director, Cheryl Lovell, said, “In this state, there is no duty to disclose. Other states there are, but mostly that is for selling houses.”



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