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A woman realized she was living in the same house serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber. The landlord even gave her the same dining room table in the crime scene photos. (Source: KMOV/CNN) A woman realized she was living in the same house serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber. The landlord even gave her the same dining room table in the crime scene photos. (Source: KMOV/CNN)
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ST. LOUIS, MO (CNN) - A woman in Missouri found out some frightening news about the home she is renting.

When Catrina McGhaw was asked what she thought when she found the home, she replied, “I loved it. I loved it.”

McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered $810 in rent.

The landlord seemed nice. There were no worries at all until a family member told her to check out a cold case documentary about serial killers airing on the A&E Network.

“Oh my God,” McGhaw said. “And there it is; the house I live in pops up.”

She was living in the same Ferguson house serial killer Maury Travis used as a torture chamber. The landlord even gave her the same dining room table in the crime scene photos.

“When she showed us the house, she said ,'You can have this table if you want.' Those are the same chairs, everything,” she said.

But downstairs is 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.

“This whole basement was his torture chamber, and it’s not OK,” McGhaw said.

It was too much for McGraw to handle, so she called her landlord begging to get out of the lease. But the landlord wasn't sympathetic. It was revealed that 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 said.

Travis' mother claimed she told McGhaw about the house's dark past. McGhaw said that was not true, she would have remembered the people murdered in the basement part.

Real estate expert Laura Wehnes said murders, suicides and violent crimes don't require disclosure - only material defects need to be noted.

“I think there should be no way she should think its OK to not tell people what happened inside this house,” McGhaw said.

Although Travis' mom wouldn’t budge, the St Louis Housing Authority did.

McGhaw said she will be moving at the end of July.

She said things keep getting weirder, and she can’t stop thinking about an incident with a 2-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,” she said.

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

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