The serial killers who walk among us unrecognized are the stuff of nightmares. Todd Kohlhepp was one of those.
Kohlhepp kidnapped and raped a girl in Arizona when he was 15. After 14 years in prison, he moved to South Carolina and blended in. Then he began killing.
Mercifully, it appears that he didn’t reproduce. His genes should die with him. Our ancestors, over the course of thousands of years in developing Western civilization, culled animals like Kohlhepp from the herd to that their genes have largely been extinguished. For that, we owe them a debt of gratitude.
Police have released video of the moment officers discovered a woman chained by her neck to a shipping container where she was repeatedly raped by her serial killer captor.
Kala Brown was kept chained inside the container for two months until she was rescued by armed officers.
In the rescue video, officers can be seen walking carefully with their hands on their guns as they find the 30-year-old sitting on the floor with the chain around her neck.
The videos also show Todd Kohlhepp, in cold and emotionless detail, confessing to killing seven people in South Carolina.
He pleaded guilty two weeks ago to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison.
On Friday, prosecutors released several videos, dozens of pictures and hundreds of pages of evidence against him.
Investigators found three bodies on the property after going in search of Ms Brown and her boyfriend Charles Carver, 32, last November.
The couple had gone missing two months previous and Kohlhepp later also pleaded guilty to raping Brown.
Brown waived her anonymity when she spoke publicly about her traumatic experiences to Dr Phil in February.
Authorities say on the way to the hospital, she told them about how Kohlhepp confessed to killing a married couple before she was captured, and about killing four people at a Spartanburg County motorcycle shop – murders that were unsolved for 13 years.
After authorities let Kohlhepp talk to his mother and promised to give her money from his accounts, he confessed in several other videos released by prosecutors.
Kohlhepp bragged in one video about wearing gloves when loading his gun to assure no fingerprints were on the casings.
He also told authorities he pulled the gun apart and threw the components into different trash bins, putting the barrel into a bag of used kitty litter.
Kohlhepp also killed 29-year-old Johnny Coxie and 26-year-old Leigh McCraw-Coxie in December 2015. They, like Carver and Brown, were lured to Kohlhepp’s land after he promised them work.
Kohlhepp killed Coxie immediately and tried to keep McCraw-Coxie locked away, but he said he killed her after several days because she tried to burn the container after he gave her cigarettes.
‘She wanted Little Caesar’s pizza. I hate that (expletive). It gives me heartburn,” Kohlhepp said.
‘Dr. Pepper, cinnamon rolls and freaking Newports. If you go down to that building, you’ll find an unused package of Newports that I bought for her.’
Kohlhepp denied killing anyone else. He did say he shot a man in Arizona when he was 14, but could give few details.
Authorities have not charged him with any additional crimes in other states.
Kohlhepp moved to South Carolina in 2001 after 14 years in prison for a kidnapping in Arizona.
Authorities there said the then 15-year-old Kohlhepp forced a 14-year-old neighbor back to his home at gunpoint, tied her up and raped her.
Kohlhepp should have been given the sentence of death.