He’s one of the most brutal serial killers of the modern era, who built a torture chamber inside his own house. He’s Maury Travis – a twisted man who taunted the police, took delight in torturing his victims and completely mentally devastating them before the murders.
When police in St. Louis searched the killer’s house, they found a secret torture chamber in the basement, with bondage equipment, a stun gun and clippings about the slayings he was suspected of.
But, most chilling of all, they found a videotape containing footage of his crimes.
This is a still shot from serial killer Maury Travis’ video torture of one of his victims. She is nude, blindfolded, and handcuffed. The offender is videotaping her torture and she must reply, “You are the Master, and it pleases me to service you.”
The tape, labeled “Your Wedding Day,” showed Travis tying women up and torturing and raping them. One scene showed him apparently strangling one of his victims to death.
The scenes on the tape were so disturbing that Police Chief Joe Mokwa ordered psychological counseling for the officers who viewed them.
On May 30, 2001, City of St. Louis Homicide was assigned to investigate a nude female body in a rear alley within the City of St. Louis. A visual inspection of the body revealed apparent evidence of bondage. Investigators also observed what appeared to be tire impressions on her legs. Apparently, the killer had driven over the body when he dumped it at this isolated location. The tire mark was one of the key pieces of evidence that tied Travis to the murder.
Police believe he killed between 12 and 20 women, but in a letter Travis sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which helped lead police to him, the killer boasted of killing 17 women.
On June 13, 2001, The St. Charles Sheriff’s Office was called to Missouri State Highway 367 to investigate a decomposed body found along the highway. This victim also turned out to be a known prostitute from Illinois, who was known to frequent the North Broadway (Baden) stroll area in St. Louis.
On June 10, 2002, despite being held on suicide watch Travis managed to hang himself before admitting to any of the murders.
Despite that, Travis went down as one of the worst serial killers in Missouri history.
True Crime Magazine’s Behind the Tape Photobook features an EXTREMELY GRAPHIC tour through the murder scenes of Maury Travis, as well as nearly a thousand more crime scene photos.
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