Catrina McGhaw was excited to sign the lease for her new rental property, that is until she discovered the Ferguson, Mo., house’s previous owner was serial killer Maury Travis.

McGhaw was watching an A&E cold case documentary about serial killers when she learned her new home was used as a deadly torture chamber.


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“When she showed us the house, she said you can have this table if you want,” McGhaw said.

The landlord even gave her the dining room table; the same one from the crime scene photos. 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 OK,” she said. source

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.”’

McGhaw says she will be moving out at the end of July, which can’t come soon enough.