I have to sympathize with this woman. She was in for a big surprise that was rather unfair.
Catrina McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered 810 dollars 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, Missouri 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.
The landlord is the mother of the killer Travis and refused to allow her out of the lease. The law does not require in this case that such former activities are disclosed to renters. But I do wonder about laws that require “stigmatized” properties to be disclosed to potential buyers. Anyway, she has been able to get help through the government agency. But here is another curious thing…an incident in the basement.
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.
Well, a two-year old in a basement is bound to be scared. It’s not clear if the woman knew about the connection at the time of this event. But to connect it to ghosts (which the story doesn’t actually do) is a stretch. There is no doubt the house is stigmatized and will likely evolve many haunting stories as time passes.
What do you think? Should she have been able to get out of the lease easily? Honestly, I would have done the same thing. That’s a bit too much stigma. Sometimes people have to destroy the bad thing to recover from the memories and move on even if it only makes psychological sense, not logical sense.