Missouri woman learns from TV she’s living in a former suspected serial killer’s home

07/08/2014 2:15 PM

So one day you’re just sitting there watching an A&E show about a suspected serial killer who allegedly tortured women in his basement – when you see that the house in question is the one you’re sitting in.

It happened to one woman in Ferguson, Mo.

Catrina McGhaw tells St. Louis station KMOV-TV that she knew nothing about her rental home’s deadly history when she signed a lease in March.

Her landlord turned out to be Sandra Travis, mother of suspected serial killer Maury Travis who hanged himself in a St. Louis County jail in 2002.

Police believe the 36-year-old hotel waiter killed several women, many of whom were allegedly tortured, and died, in the basement of the Ferguson house that McGhaw rented.

KMOV reports that Sandra Travis even gave McGhaw a dining room table that appears in crime scene photos.

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

Police found makeshift cells in the basement and videos showing Travis tormenting women and tying them to a wooden beam in the basement that’s still there.

McGhaw learned all this when a family member told her to watch a documentary about serial killers on A&E.

The St. Louis Housing Authority helped McGhaw get out of her lease, according to ABC News. She plans to be out by the end of July, which doesn’t seem fast enough for her.

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