Woman struggled to break lease after learning serial killer carried out murders in rental basement

Do you know who lived in your home before you? Probably not, but chances are your luck isn't as bad as one renter in Missouri.

According to Good Morning America , a woman renting a home was only recently able to break her lease after learning that a serial killer carried out several murders in her basement years before.

The woman was said to be completely unaware of the home's dark past, especially since the person who she rented it from, the serial killer's mother, made no mention of it.

She learned that the home was connected to the murder case after a friend told her to watch a documentary on the matter, GMA says.


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Maury Travis reportedly tortured and killed up to 20 women in the basement. He created videos that ABC later obtained , showing him torturing and hanging the women from a beam, which is still part of the structure today, the article states.

Travis typed a letter to a Missouri news station that mentioned more than a dozen murders and where he buried one of the women. Police were able to track the letter to his computer.

He was arrested in 2002 and killed himself in his cell a month later.

When the renter learned of what happened in the home, she requested to cancel her lease because she was unaware of the events that occurred.

The landlord claimed she mentioned what happened and would not cooperate with the lease request, but was finally persuaded after hearing from a local housing organization, ABC says.

According to GMA, many states do not require disclosure of certain events to home buyers or renters.

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