A serial killer convicted of the murders of seven people says there are other victims police have not found. However, Todd Kohlhepp of South Carolina says he doesn’t see a reason to “give numbers or locations” of the additional victims.
According to The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, an eight-page letter written by Kohlhepp says the convicted killer previously tried to tell investigators and the FBI about the additional victims but said the information was “blown off.”
“At this point, I really don’t see reason to give numbers or locations,” he reportedly wrote.
Asked if there were more than the seven victims he was convicted of killing, Kohlhepp answered, “Yes, there is [sic] more than seven.”
The answer was “chilling,” reports The Washington Post, which reports that the investigation into Kohlhepp began more than a year ago when a “woman who had been summoned to Kohlhepp’s property to clean was found chained by the neck inside a large storage container.” The woman, Kala Brown, watched Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, who went with her to perform a cleaning job on the suspect’s property.
After Brown and her boyfriend, Charles “David” Carver, were reported missing, police were led to Brown’s location by cellphone and social media records, which took them to Kohlhepp’s property.
The Post reports:
The investigation led authorities to identify seven other victims.
Three had also been lured to the property under cleaning gig pretenses. Their bodies were buried in shallow graves.
Another four were victims of a quadruple murder that hadn’t been solved for 13 years [known as the “Superbike” murders].
Kohlhepp, a 46-year-old former real estate agent, pleaded guilty in May, the plea keeping him off death row but leading to a term of life imprisonment times seven, plus 60 years for sexual assault and kidnapping.
“I tried to tell investigators and I did tell FBI, but it was blown off,” he wrote in the letter to the Journal. “It’s not an addition problem, it’s [a] multiplication problem. Leaves the state and leaves the country. Thank you private pilot’s license.”
Don Wood, the chief division counsel with the FBI’s Columbia office, said there is a pending investigation within the agency, but did not give specific details.
Some of Kohlhepp’s previous murders had been unsolved for more than a decade, the Post reports, and an “arsenal” of weapons was recovered from properties associated with him.
Kohlhepp is described as well-groomed, tech-savvy and normal, giving no signs of his murderous deeds.
Brown has reported that Kohlhepp told her he was “nearing the triple digits” in killings.
The “Superbike” murders, which took place over a decade ago, were confessed to by Kohlhepp, the Post reports, who said after he killed his first victim–30-year-old shop owner Scott Ponder–he took on the other three victims, who came to investigate the incident: Ponder’s mother, Beverly Guy, 52; shop foreman Brian Lucas, 29; and mechanic Chris Sherbert, 26.
“They had heard the gunshots in the back and were coming this way to figure out what had happened,” Kohlhepp told investigators.
“All of a sudden, I had three people in front of me. … Mom was the closest. … And I shot her two, three times in the chest. Not my best work. … She fell. The son and the manager, he … ran for the door, took off. … At that range, they should have ran to me, not away.
“ . . . That was one big building. I cleared that building in under 30 seconds,” Kohlhepp told investigators. “I’m sorry, but you guys would have been proud.”
In the videos below, you can watch Brown’s rescue by the local sheriff’s office, in June 2016, Kohlhepp’s subsequent interviews with police, and Brown’s emotional interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on the “Dr. Phil Show,” in February 2017.
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