Woman shocked to learn her house was once serial killer’s torture chamber

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ST. LOUIS — When Catrina McGhaw signed the lease  on her ranch house she thought she was set -- her Section 8 voucher covered the rent.

But things soon changed when a relative told McGhaw to watch a cold case documentary about serial killers airing on A&E, according to KMOV.

McGhaw then discovered the house she rented was not what it seemed. The house -- once home to serial killer Maury Travis -- was used as a torture chamber. Downstairs, Travis recorded some of his crimes. Some of the victims were tied to a pole in the basement. It’s not clear how many woman Travis murdered.

McGhaw pleaded with her landlord to let her out of her lease, but said her landlord would not budge.

The problem: the landlord is the killer’s mom. The woman says she told McGhaw all about the home’s past. McGhaw says that's just not true.

A local housing authority intervened and says McGhaw will be allowed to break her lease at the end of July.

Travis killed himself in the St. Louis County Jail in 2002.

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