The man who kept a young woman shackled to a metal storage crate for two months after murdering her boyfriend may have far more victims than previously believed.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Todd Kohlhepp was arrested in August 2016 after investigators traced a cell phone ping connected to a missing couple. On Kohlhepp’s sprawling estate near rural Woodruff, South Carolina, detectives found Kala Brown chained by her neck inside a metal storage crate where she later said Kohlhepp raped her daily.
Kohlhepp has shot and killed her boyfriend, Chris Carver, shortly after the couple arrived to what they thought was a cleaning job.
At the time of his arrest, Kohlhepp led investigators to more burial sites and was ultimately convicted of killing seven people.
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But in a chilling eight-page letter sent to the Herald-Journal last month, Kohlhepp claimed to have many more victims, and claimed authorities were dismissive when he told them there could be exponentially more bodies to be found.
“Yes there is more than seven …I tried to tell investigators and I did tell FBI, but it was blown off. It’s not an addition problem, it’s an multiplication problem. Leaves the state and leaves the country. Thank you private pilot’s license.”
It’s unclear if authorities believe Kohlhepp is telling the truth. An FBI spokesperson declined to comment to the newspaper about Kohlhepp’s body count claims.
We can’t comment specifically on what we’re doing, other than what I’ve said before — that we have a pending investigation,” Don Wood, chief division council with the FBI’s field office in Columbia, told the Herald-Journal.
And Kohlhepp said in the letter he doesn’t plan on sharing many more details at this time.
“At this point, I really don’t see reason to give numbers or locations,” he reportedly wrote.
Kohlhepp had spent 15 years in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl in Arizona, before moving to South Carolina and amassing wealth in the real estate business.
[Feature image: South Carolina Department of Corrections/Todd Kohlhepp]