The South Carolina serial killer who kidnapped a woman and kept her chained inside a shipping container has spoken out for the first time since his November arrest in a chilling letter he sent to the New York Post.
In his letter last week, killer Todd Kohlhepp claimed that the seven people he murdered were “criminals”, and he was just trying to “save” the 30-year-old woman he had viciously imprisoned after killing her boyfriend.
“No one wants to really look at who they were, families, connections,” the 46-year-old killer wrote about his victims.
Over the span of 13 years, Kohlhepp shot and killed seven people. He buried three of the bodies somewhere on his 95-acre farmland in rural northwestern South Carolina.
Now serving seven consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to the killings, the serial killer went on to accuse the woman he kept in a metal cargo container for two months, Kala Brown, of being “as big a criminal as I am.”
Claiming that she “wasn’t raped” in a letter that was neatly written in script on two double-side looseleaf pages, he states, “All of my victims were criminals,” before conceding, “Not that it makes it right, I was wrong to do what I did.”
Kohlhepp is an “attention seeker” who “needs to stay in prison and be forgotten,” said Murray Glenn, a spokesman for the Spartanburg County prosecutor.
A spokesperson for the victim said that she was not yet ready to discuss her ordeal or comment on Kohlhepp’s diatribe from prison.
The killer was captured after a terrorized Brown, 30, was rescued by police on Nov. 3, 2016. They had used her cell phone records to trace her steps to Kohlhepp’s home.
On November 3, 2016, investigators searching for Brown and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles David Carver, were led to Kohlhepp’s 95-acre property after the two had been missing for two months, because cellphone records showed that she might have been in the area when she vanished.
Brown was found chained by the neck inside a dark-green 30-foot-long container hidden among rows of trees far back on Kohlhepp’s property, where she said she was raped “twice a day, every day.”
Kohlhepp “let me know that if I tried to run, he’d kill me. If I tried to hurt him, he’d kill me. If I fought back, he would kill me,” she told.
The couple had gone to Kohlhepp’s property to help him with yardwork. They had previously worked several jobs for Kohlhepp over a three-month period, Brown said, and nothing ever set off warning bells.
But when Kohlhepp went inside a shed to retrieve gardening tools, he came out with a weapon and shot Carver “three times in the chest [and] wrapped him in a blue tarp,” Brown told investigators.
The murderer, who once worked as a real estate agent, bizarrely claimed in his letter to The Post that he was trying to save Brown.
“She was in [the] shipping container because I didn’t want to hurt her, refused to turn her over to someone else who would and was buying time while I figured out a way to resolve this non-violently,” he wrote.
After Spartanburg, S.C., officers freed Brown, she helped lead them to Carver’s body and said there were others.
Kohlhepp eventually confessed to Carver’s murder and six others — four employees of the Superbike Motorsports shop in Chesnee, S.C., in 2003 because they wouldn’t allow him to return a motorcycle; and Meagan Leigh McCraw Coxie, 25, and her boyfriend Johnny Joe Coxie, 29, who had been missing since December 2015 when Kohlhepp also recruited them to do “yard work.”
In his letter, Kohlhepp accused the bike shop of being a “chop shop” with “$80,000 cash sitting in [a] safe.” He made no mention of the Coxies.
The killer had previously served 14 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl in 1986.
In a psych evaluation that same year, court psychiatrist Dr. Roger Martig said Kohlhepp had an “above average” IQ of 118, but described him as “extremely self-centered” as well as “touchy and defensive.”
The exam concluded he was not psychotic, but was “distrustful of others and generally unconcerned or lacks understanding as to how his behavior affects others.”
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