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For Valentine’s Day, "Real Housewives Of Dallas" cast member Stephanie Hollman celebrated herhusband Traviswith a sweet Instagram post commemorating their happy marriage. So far, so good, right?

Then she casually mentionedhis connection to a notorious serial killer.

Okay, we're listening.

“You are the only person I have ever met who was babysat by a serial killer and made it out alive (true story he was babysat by the 1-5 killer),” shewrote in the post.

The “I-5 Killer” is an Oregon-based serial killer named Randall Woodfield, who has been linked to the murders of 18 people, though he was only convicted of one murder and the attempted murder of another, Oregon Live reported in 2012. Some evenbelievemay have killed upwards of 44 people, according toSports Illustrated.His killing spree occurring overamere five-month period beginning in 1980, duringwhich he attackedboth strangers and acquaintances alike while traveling up and down the Interstate-5 corridor in the Pacific Northwest.

Woodfield had actually been committing heinous acts for more than a decade before the murder rampage. As a teen, he was caught for being a “Peeping Tom,” the Portland Tribune reported in 2017, thoughhis juvenile record was expunged when he was 18. While attending local community college,his gravitation toward crime continued. He was arrested forransacking the apartment of a former girlfriend butwas found not guilty due to a lack of evidence, according toSports Illustrated. He then transferred toPortland State Universityin 1970, where he apparently shined as awide receiver on the football team.

“He was a real big deal,” Travis recalled of the Oregon athlete.

It was during this time—when he was still revered in Oregon as a sports hero— that the future serial killerwas apparently trusted enough to watch children.Stephanie told Oxygen.com that Travis' mom and stepdad were friendswith the coach of the Portland State University football team, who would enlist players to babysit for Travis and his sister when the adults wanted to go out.

“He said that he [Woodfield] was better than most of his other babysitters and that he would play hide and go seek and tag and would be very active,” Stephanie told Oxygen.com.

Travis saidthat Woodfield, along with another player,babysat for him and his sister multiple times.

“I just remember it was always fun because they were athletes,” he recalled to Oxygen.com. “They were fun. They were energetic.”

ButWoodfield'spattern of deviant behavior continued. While atPortland State,he was arrested multiple times for indecent exposure and was convicted twice. That didn't stop him from beingdrafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers in 1974, though was cut later that same year.While the Packers never publicly explained why, there is speculation they did so because they discovered that he was possibly involved in at least 10cases of indecent exposure, Sports Illustrated explained.

Just one year after being cut from the Packers, Woodfield's crimes appeared to have escalated. In Ann Rule’s 1984 book about him, entitled “The I-5 Killer,” she writes that Woodfield began robbing and sexually assaulting women as early as 1975.By that point,Woodfieldhad returned to Oregon from Wisconsin and began robbing and sexually assaulting women at knifepoint. He was ultimately arrested that year during asting operation before taking a plea deal to areduced chargeof second-degree robbery. While he was sentenced to a decade in the Oregon State Penitentiary, he only served four and was back on the streets by 1979.

Once out of prison, Woodfieldattended his 10-year high school reunion where hereconnected with former classmate Cherie Ayers. Soon after, in 1980, she was found stabbed and bludgeoned to death in her Portland apartment. She is believed to be his first murder victim and her death marked the start of hisfive-monthkilling spree along the interstate, which runs throughNorthern California and Washington.

During thespree, he sexually assaulted two20-year-old cleaningwomen—Shari Hull andBeth Wilmot— while they worked inside anoffice building in Keizer, Oregon. Heshot both women in the back of the head, killing Hull,butWilmot managed to survive to identify Woodfield in a police lineup.

Woodfieldwasultimatelyconvicted in Hull’s murder and the attempted murder ofWilmotand was sentenced to life plus 90 years. He was later given an extra 35 years after he was convicted of sodomy and weapons charges for at an attack on a womanin a restaurant bathroom. By 2012, forensic technology connected him to five additional killings, including the murder ofJannell Jarvis, who was just 14, The Oregonianreported in 2012.

When Woodfield was named a suspect in the I-5 killings a few years later, Travis said the community was horrified, especially his mom, who had thought he was a "nice kid."

“She was shocked and she was freaking out a little bit,” he said. “Everybody who knew him was.”

The couple say they are now very picky about who they recruit to watch their own two sons.

Woodfield is at Oregon State Penitentiary, where he is expected to die behind bars. He has never confessed to the killings.

To learn more about the killer, watch “Mark of a Killer" on Oxygen now.

And you can catch the "Real Housewives of Dallas" on Bravo, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT (8 p.m. CT).

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