The Pocahontas resident was shot dead in his own apartment. His neighbors did not notice Travis’ absence for a week due to his isolated nature.
Travis was shot dead in his apartment by an assailant who had apparently forced his way inside.
When he was alive, 34-year-old Travis lived alone in his apartment and did not interact with his neighbors on a daily basis.
His deceased body was discovered a week after his brutal murder. Although the victim became unresponsive and was pronounced dead when first responders arrived on the scene, an initial medical examination indicated the presence of gunshot wounds.
An autopsy later determined that Travis had been shot twice at close range with a 9mm pistol, which ended his life instantly.
Additionally, while his body was on his bed, his feet were on the floor, indicating that Travis had just woken up and was about to get out of bed when he was attacked.
In addition, a thorough investigation of the crime scene even helped police find a 9mm bullet, while signs of break-in provided an outside connection to the murder.
Travis’ murder story will be highlighted in Investigation Discovery’s ‘Murder in the Wicked West: No Honor Among Thieves’.
The show will chronicle the gruesome murder and show how the police finally got to the bottom of the case.
The initial investigation into Travis’ murder was quite challenging as the police didn’t have many leads or witnesses to work with.
Police did interview some of Travis’s acquaintances, but since he mostly kept to himself, people had no idea if anyone held a grudge against the victim at all.
Hence, with no progress on the case, detectives were soon back at square one.
Finally, the detectives got their first big break when they learned how Travis was involved in an illegal meth trade and had been arrested and charged for it.
Reportedly, Travis was highly skilled in cooking meth and had gone into business with his boyfriend, Jerrod Castleman.
Incidentally, Jerrod was the son of ex-Judge Bob Sam Castleman, and the duo would cook and sell the drug from Bob’s farm.
Bob and Jerrod’s evil nature was unleashed when they sent a live snake to someone who bought a car from them and later needed servicing.
This led the police to believe that the father-son duo was quite capable of killing someone.
But when questioned, Bob and Jarrod shrugged off all responsibility and insisted on their innocence.
However, the police soon learned that Travis was about to testify against Bob and Jarrod, giving them a very likely motive for murder.
Therefore, the father-son duo was brought in for a second round of questioning, and this time Jarrod relented and confessed that his father killed Travis.
Where is Bob Sam Castleman now?
Although Jarrod testified against Bob, claiming that his father killed Travis after learning that the deceased victim was allegedly collaborating with police in the meth trade, Bob Sam Castleman was never charged with Travis’s murder.
Instead, he was convicted of drug conspiracy and sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2014.
In addition, in 2015, 21 months were added to Bob’s 40-year prison sentence for filing a forged burglary claim, hoping to get some money from his insurance company.
Currently, Bob is incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, McCreary, in unincorporated McCreary County, Kentucky, eligible for release in 2046.