Kohlhepp confessed he was the shooter who killed four people at a motorcycle shop in Spartanburg County in 2003, Wright said. Kohlhepp also said he was behind a total of at least seven murders
Sheriff Chuck Wright addressing the media said”God is good,”. The community is no longer wondering who’s responsible for the “four people who were brutally murdered.”
Wright says Kohlhepp also showed law enforcement officers Saturday the gravesites of two of his other victims buried on his 95-acre property near Woodruff.
That’s in addition to the body found Friday at the site that was identified as belonging to 32-year-old Charles Carver, Kala Brown’s boyfriend who was declared missing along with Brown on August 31.
The lone survivor. Kala Brown was rescued from Kohlhepp’s ‘slaughter house’, caged and chained like an animal
Wright says “God answered our prayers” in solving the 13-year-old cold case.
The sheriff says it’s possible more bodies will be uncovered.
Kohlhepp is a n ex-con with a long history of sex related offences. At 15 he faced charges he raped a neighbor after forcing her into his home at gunpoint and tying her up.
During the trial, Todd Christopher, Kohlhepp’s father told court officials the only emotion his teen son was capable of showing was anger, and a neighbor called him a “devil on a chain.”
“They’re obviously heartbroken,” he said after talking to Carver’s family. “It’s terrible. I do think this helps with a little bit of closure. .. We prayed for God to show us, and He did.” County coroner, Rusty Clevenger said Carver died of multiple gunshot wounds. An anthropologist helping determine how long Carver was buried, declined to say how many times she had been shot.
Kohlhepp has always been sex-obsessed, since childhood
Realtor, Kohlhepp is charged with kidnap and murder.
It was an abrupt, but perhaps not unexpected turn for a man who spent his 20s in prison but after his release managed to get a private pilot license, build a real estate firm with more than a dozen agents and buy nearly 100 acres of land and erect a fence around it said to have cost $80,000. On that land, dozens of officers continued to search Saturday for any additional bodies after the woman told investigators Kohlhepp claimed to have killed at least four others.
As a teen, Kohlhepp was cold and callous. He went to his 14-year-old rape victim’s house after talking to her parents and making sure they wouldn’t be home. He was smart, angry and felt the world owed him something, his chief probation officer wrote in court papers in Arizona in 1987.
“It is this type of individual, one with little or no conscience, who presents the greatest risk to the community,” the officer wrote.
Kohlhepp remains behind bars. The 45-year-old had to register as a sex offender after his release from prison in Arizona. But that didn’t stop him from becoming an apparently successful real estate agent. Kohlhepp followed the rules and admitted he had a felony conviction when he applied for his real estate license in 2006. But his letter explaining the charge was full of lies. He said he argued with his girlfriend, police were called, he had a gun and was caught up in a crackdown on gun violence.
Police said Kohlhepp had a crush on the 14-year-old girl, who was friendly, but not romantic toward him. After raping her, he said he would kill her 6-year-old and 3-year-old siblings that she was babysitting if she called the police. His first question to officers when he was arrested was how long he was going to have to spend in prison, according to court papers.
In the South Carolina case, the couple disappeared about Aug. 31 when the woman went to do some cleaning on the suspect’s nearly 100-acre property near Woodruff. Her boyfriend accompanied her, said Daniel Herren, a friend who sat with the woman in her hospital room after she was rescued Thursday.
Kohlhepp has a house about 9 miles away in Moore, where neighbor Ron Owen said Kohlhepp was very private, but when they did talk across the fence, he was a “big bragger.”