A St. Louis woman was watching a cold case documentary about serial killers on the A&E Network when she noticed something eerily familiar. The home that serial killer Maury Travis reportedly used as a torture chamber looked a lot like hers — they even had some of the same furniture.
Catrina McGhaw quickly realized that she had signed a lease to rent the home of a real-life serial killer. The landlord reportedly threw in a dining room table when she moved in, the same one she recognized from crime scene photos shown in the documentary. In another shocking discovery, McGhaw learned that the landlord was actually the killer’s mother. But McGhaw told KMOV-TV that she was most disturbed to learn what went on in the basement:
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 OK,” she said. McGhaw called her landlord, begging to get out of the lease, but the landlord wasn’t sympathetic.