Woman Learns Her House Was Serial Killer’s Torture Chamber While Watching A&E

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Jul. 09, 2014

Someone moves into a new house only to discover that it was the scene of horrific murders. It’s a pretty basic set up in horror movies and for one St. Louis woman it has become a real life, shocking nightmare. She was living in the home that serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber for his estimated 12 to 17 victims. Should she should just get in her car now and “not look back” or prepare to do battle with vengeful The Grudge-style ghosts?

Catrina McChaw moved into the house after getting approved for a subsidized housing voucher that would cover the rent for $810. The only thing horrific here is that someone could get such a sweet deal on a house. That was until a relative called her one night and told her to turn on one of those true crime shows on A&E. You know the kind of show where you’re flipping through channels and then you get stuck watching a story for an hour about some guy who murdered his wife in 1997 but they are being coy about who did it. Like you know the whole time it was the husband; Terry had his DNA all over the crime scene and he was cheating on Samantha with Chrystal, so come on, I have to sit through another commercial to find out what I already know! It was Terry!

Terry the wife murderer took up an hour of my Sunday.

So Catrina gets a call from a relative to turn on the television and flip to one of those damn true crime shows and bam; the house she is renting was a serial killer’s torture chamber. Authorities believe that Maury Travis may have killed between 12 and 20 people before committing suicide after his arrest.  

Serial killer Maury Travis

He used a pole in the basement to tie down victims. To top it off, when she moved in the landlord even told Catrina that she could keep the dining room table… the same table that is clearly seen in the crime photos in the documentary. It turns out that the landlord is serial killer, Maury Travis’ mom. So if your landlord lets you keep some furniture you could be eating breakfast where a serial killer ate his breakfast as well.

The law doesn’t require property renters or sellers to disclose violent crimes that took place on the premises, only material damage. Although she has a lease that the serial killer’s mother/ landlord wants her to keep, the St. Louis Housing Authority intervened and Catrina will be able to break the lease at the end of July. I think there is a nanny in California that is going to be looking for a place to stay soon, so that might be a good tenant- landlord fit.

The serial killer's table. Luckily not Hannibal.

Catrina hasn’t been visited by any vengeful ghosts just yet, but there was a pretty freaky incident when a two-year-old relative was playing in the basement and looked toward the pole where victims had been tied up. “She looked over and she was like she’s scared like she saw somebody scared and crying and nobody was there, nobody there.”

Learn more about the Maury Travis killings watching this short documentary or as he was known in the media "The Street Walker Strangler."

Would it bother you if you found out your house or apartment was the scene of gruesome killings? Some people don’t have a problem with it. In fact a few months ago the apartment of the Aurora Movie Theater Massacre killer James Holmes was made available for rent.

Cozy.

In fact if you are in the market for a home with a horrid past, check out this list of real life horror stories more horrifying than horror movies. This includes a woman who got so fat that she didn’t move for years  and she grew into a couch. And I thought I was a couch potato! *rimshot*

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88 comments
Manuel Pedraza
Manuel Pedraza

Free rent, table, chairs, and a dungeon plus her 15 seconds of fame on TV there's really no reason to complain smh

Tim Bott
Tim Bott

i dont think peoplewho dont work should be able to live in a place like that anyway

Yoni Rozenblit
Yoni Rozenblit

shes probably imagining the torture things in that house, i would get nightmares if i was in that situation

Paige Shocklee
Paige Shocklee

o.0 they could have been hand me downs or good will merchandise - why do you care so much?

Paige Shocklee
Paige Shocklee

o god your gonna die. Get over it lady, every house has a horror story

Adam Galvan
Adam Galvan

Wtf? She has a free house and is complaining?? All the big screen tvs, leather couches! Time to cut that section 8 off!

Robb Young
Robb Young

Us hard working people for the most part aren't bitching about the fact that some murdering scumbags piece of crap mother pulled the wool over her eyes. What we are bitching about is the fact that she lives better than a lot of us do and all the while taking our money that we did bust our ass for.

Robb Young
Robb Young

Not at all. Just funny she has nicer stuff than a lot if working people do. Can't believe you don't get it. All that from WELFARE? Somehow it doesn't seem possible. I know many people who bust their ass 6 or more days a week and can't pull off what she has. Wish we all knew her secret.

Joseph-Opanel-202
Joseph-Opanel-202 User

bitch has section 8 with a nice house and nice accessories. what the hell. pull this story break who gives a shit about this scumbag. she gets a killers home because shes killin the hard workers of america pay checks using our taxes for miscellaneous nonsense. 

Cora Lee
Cora Lee

Maybe she just lost her good paying job, maybe her cousin gave her that leather couch, maybe she's borrowing one of her brother's tvs, maybe every single piece of clothing she has on and owns was hand-me-downs from her best friend, maybe the car is the neighbor's overflow party parking... Or maybe she is just leeching off the system. None of us know her or her story!

Lorice Mckenzie
Lorice Mckenzie

So because shes getting assistance it means she shouldnt be asked her opinion of the horrific murders that took place there. You people are truly ridiculous.

Lorice Mckenzie
Lorice Mckenzie

Dave if your comment is as stupid as you are i have no hope for humanity. Theres this thing called BOOKS and INFORMATION to educate oneself to know that not all minorities receive government assistance. But wait, the fact that your stupid is whats stops you from not being an ignorant asswipe. Its called picking up a book retard.

Mike Venia
Mike Venia

Could have been worse, she could have been watching the Khardashians!

Julie Bush
Julie Bush

Wonder how many of you vote democrat.

Elias-Magana-696
Elias-Magana-696 User

ask a priest how to clean mayve bessed water 

the evil inside

im on minority hope i can  get a house or small studio for me GOD BLESS AMERICA

Joy Crawford
Joy Crawford

Forget the history of the home, I want to know how she gets help with $810 of her rent yet she has the funds for all the huge tvs and nice furniture! Must be nice!

Joy Crawford
Joy Crawford

What does her being a minority have to do with anything?? We don't all live for free and prioritize big screen tvs and leather couches over paying rent.

Ryan Hood
Ryan Hood

Only thing i see wrong with with this is she is getting section 8 assistance but has a media room and to large flat screen tvs and no telling what else. This is whats wrong with america

Chris Pearson
Chris Pearson

Reading the "article" must have been too hard for you, eh?

Scott Stevenson
Scott Stevenson

Yeah so sorry your free house had some murder issues. Go pay your rent somewhere more suitable

Jamie English
Jamie English

Such Big tvs we got her....id live there if someone paid me....hatch a bunch of kids with a bunch of different dead beats this is what you get. Ungreatful bitch

Matt Masters
Matt Masters

Everyone of you hard-workin', tax-payin' patriots would totally be bitching about this if it were you in her shoes.

Splatterbeast DZ
Splatterbeast DZ

No its not supposed to be disclosed in the sale,and shes on section 8 anyways,should be happy shes got a roof over her head

Steve Roy
Steve Roy

Sounds like a nice law suit if she is now the owner. .... that is supposed to be disclosed in the sale.

Robb Young
Robb Young

Leather couches. Nice cars, nice clothes. All from welfare? Go figure.

Lincoln Canada Woods
Lincoln Canada Woods

Yeah what am I thinking? That skeezer is living on section 8 for free! I had to pay 5,000+ back in taxes this year! Forget that !

Abra Basulto
Abra Basulto

I am so sick of people who abuse our welfare system it screws it up for the people who really need it. My husband and I work hard to pay for what we have and when we wound up homeless when we were both laid off and I was pregnant with our first child we were denied housing help because there were no more spaces. While these people drive nice cars and have all the extra luxuries and have the audacity to cry and complain. Be grateful and work for what you have!!!!

Steve Victor
Steve Victor

Ungrateful woman. Free house is not good enough for her.