Maury Travis was one among a few American criminals who thought they could have it their own way. After he was arrested for murder, Travis revealed how he executed his evil plans.
He was a suspected serial killer and was even in prisoned a couple of times for different crimes. He started his killing spree in the early 2000 and it lasted for close to three years before he was caught.
Even though he claimed in a letter that he murdered seventeen women who were mostly between the ages 12-17 and above, the authorities did not believe him.
Travis’s victims were discovered one by one. Unfortunately, he did not live to pay for his crimes. He committed suicide while he was in prison.
Maury Travis’ Profile
Name: Maury Troy Travis ‘Toby’
Date of birth: 25, October 1965
Died: 10 June 2002
Cause of death: Suicide
Place of birth: St. Louis Missouri, U.S
Date apprehended: 7 June 2002
Who is Maury Travis?
The serial killer was born Maury Troy Travis ‘Toby’ in St. Louis Missouri, U.S on October 25, 1965, to his parents, Sandra Travis and Micheal V. He was raised in the Carr square public housing complex.
He attended St. Louis public schools from 1971 to 1975. His family later moved to a simple ranch house which they bought in Ferguson when he was 10 years old.
Maury Travis enrolled in Ferguson Junior High School in 1981 as a ninth-grader. And later in 1982, he attended McCluer High School. He graduated from high school in 1985 even though no one seems to have remembered him.
He worked for two years in the army reserve as a medical and dental assistant after he graduated. He also took some minor jobs with trucking companies in the area and even volunteered at a local nursing home.
Travis enrolled at Morris Brown College in Atlanta in 1987. It was not stated if he actually graduated from college or not.
Unfortunately, Travis’s parents divorced in 1978 when he was thirteen years old. It was reported that his mother remarried but still divorced again in 1993.
He robbed five stores in St. Louis County
Maury Travis was involved in holding up five stores in St. Louis County. This happened while he was home from college.
After a year, he pleaded guilty to five counts each of robbery and armed criminal action. He served his sentence in the Farmington correctional center from March 1989-June 1994.
After he was released on parole, he violated his parole and so returned to prison for drug possession.
It was after he was released from prison that the police started discovering the bodies of his victims.
Maury Travis’ victims
He had a pattern of carrying out his hideous crimes. Travis would torture, rape before he strangles his victims. Most of the women he target were said to be prostitutes and drug addicts’ in St. Louis, Missouri.
Travis was also fond of making videotapes of his victims. The tapes help the police identify some of his victims while others remained unidentified.
According to the videotape that was found, Maury Travis had turned his basement into a kind of sadistic torture chamber.
In one of the videotapes, many women were featured in the tape and they were all presumed dead. Some of the victims identified are Alysia Greenwade, Teresa Wilson, Verona Thompson, Yvonne Crues, Brenda Beasley, and Betty James.
He mistakenly gave himself to the police
Maury Travis was not getting the attention he wanted so he decided to play a game with the police. Before that time, he had almost revealed to his neighbor’s girlfriend who worked with a media company.
He decided to send an anonymous letter to a post-dispatch reporter. The letter praised the profiling of a slain prostitute and also a map where the body can be found.
Travis downloaded the map online so he was not aware that there could be traces that might lead back to him.
The authorities were able to found a decomposing body there before they took the initiative to trace the map.
With the help of Microsoft, the police were able to know who downloaded the map using the IPA address.
Travis was subsequently charged with two counts of kidnapping and also seven murders at that time.
Maury Travis’ Personality and motives
After his identity was revealed, the police wondered what Travis’s motives were. They also tried to unveil the mystery behind the connection between all the women.
Also, the detectives were unable to find any form of abuse or traumatic relationship with a close family member in his past that might have triggered his inhumane behavior.
Maury Travis’ relationship with his neighbors
Maury Travis was described by his neighbors as quiet and withdrawn. He was also said to be smart.
A woman from Pagedale whose daughter dated the serial killer the previous year revealed he always seemed happy and acted like a gentleman.
The serial killer committed suicide
Maury Travis was arrested at his home on ford drive in Ferguson. He was taken to the St. Louis County Jail and was placed on suicide watch.
Travis hanged himself on June 10, 2002, in his jail cell after the guards had missed two consecutive suicide checks.
The police could not get him to reveal all the details they wanted, but they eventually unveiled it as they continued the investigation.