TV show reveals chilling secret about woman’s home

ST. LOUIS — It sounds like a made-for-TV movie, but instead it’s a real-life nightmare for one St. Louis woman, according to KMOV.

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, Mo., 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 OK,” 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.”’

KMOV called Travis’ mother; she claims she told McGhaw about the home’s dark past. McGhaw says that’s not true; she would have remembered the people murdered in the basement part.

A local agent said murders, suicides and violent crimes don’t require disclosure – only material defects need to be noted.

Although KMOV couldn’t get Travis’ mom to budge, the St. Louis Housing Authority did.

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

She says things keep getting weirder, and can’t stop thinking about an incident with a two year old relative that was playing in the basement near the pole where Travis tied up his victims.

“She looked over and she was like she’s scared, like she saw somebody scared and crying and nobody was there, nobody there,” McGhaw recalled.

It’s not clear how many women Maury Travis murdered. He killed himself in the St. Louis County Jail in 2002.

13 comments

  • Sarah

    Section 8, the tax payer is paying her rent, why should she be worried. Pathetic but typical for today’s dependent handout society.

    • Marie

      Not only that, but Section 8 and has a nice large flat screen TV, nice entertainment center, leather couches… I’m not Section 8 but I certainly can’t afford that. Where do I sign up? Ha! Do I get a free phone too? Free Healthcare? What about a free car? Pssshhttt!!! Joke!

      • Travis havicc

        Ahhhh the hipocricy of the right wing freedom fighters. The majority of you are bible thumpers yet you hate the poor. Your god would highly disagree with you. You want to force women to have kids but want no part in helping the needy.
        I guess its such a sweet ride to be poor and destitute. So if you go to church and claim to be religious once again proves religion is a salad bar pick what you want. Wait here it comes…. The slander. I’ll save you the effort I’m not liberal and I’m agnostic. I’m also a realist. What have you done for our nation besides being lucky enough to be born here?
        “Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest.”
        ~Cardinal Roger Mahony

  • Mariah Canfield-Jones

    This a terrible thing to have happen to a woman and possibly parent, because there is so much things could happen. The chemicals used to clean blood and such could also be dangerous for the family and can leave some other problems. A house’s history can also help with other issues that might come up later, yeah a murder could explain an explainable smell in certain areas or extra work to be done to fix issues. In most states it is required by law to give this information

  • Anonymous

    I would be great if there was a data base that used maps and areas to let someone know if there has been a death in a location. It could over time help with many situations like this- and possibly allow for dangerous road ways etc.

  • Anonymous

    You should do a story about the people buying houses built over rocky flats. Im sure theyd love to know that they are living where a nucular weapons dacility was

    • ANONYMOUS

      May God Bless you that you may never lose anything in life and have to get help from the system in any which way.

  • Anonymous

    Quit judging. I’m poor, but I have a very nice couch and love seat, and a nice flat screen. Got them at habitat for humanity, $395 for all three.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t remember him saying that the owners house has “BRAND NEW” stuff though. All he/she said was “Nice leather couches and flat screen TV’s for someone living on section 8″ ain’t nothing wrong that.

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