Family and friends of Kala Brown and Charlie Carver were shocked by their Facebook posts claiming the pair had been married. No one had seen or heard from the couple for days. The posts didn’t even sound like the son or daughter they knew; it almost seemed like they were being written by someone else. Two months later, loved ones would learn that Carver was actually dead the whole time—and Brown was in the company of a serial killer.
Brown was found with chains around her neck and ankles in November 2016. She was inside of a shipping container on real estate agent Todd Kohlhepp’s 95-acre property in South Carolina. When she was rescued by police she told them she witnessed the tall, overweight man shoot Carver to death and bury his body.
The Spartanburg County Police were floored by their discovery, but would quickly learn that Brown’s horrifying ordeal was just a small glimpse at the horrors caused by Kohlhepp over the years.
While Kohlhepp was in police custody, he confessed to what he had done to Brown and Carver, and then told authorities something shocking: there were two more bodies buried on his property. Police recovered the bodies of Leigh McCraw Coxie and Johnny Joe Coxie, a couple missing for over a year. The pair had been shot.
When investigators thought the nightmare couldn’t get any worse, Kohlhepp opened up about another crime—the unsolved Superbike Murders of 2003.
In 2003, bike shop owner Scott Ponder, his mother Beverly Guy, mechanic Chris Sherbert, and service manager Brian Lucas were brutally gunned down inside the shop. The act appeared totally random, and there wasn’t much evidence for police to go on at the time. Various suspects were considered—even Ponder’s then pregnant wife—but all leads went nowhere. The crime remained unsolved for 13 years.
As it turns out, Kohlhepp was a customer at the bike shop back in 2003. He went into the store to purchase a motorcycle; however, he was terrible at riding it. Apparently, the employees at the shop made fun of him for his inexperience, and it embarrassed Kohlhepp. So, he gunned them down in retribution.
While it appears the Superbike murders were Kohlhepp’s first foray into killing, they weren’t his first reported act of violence. When he was 15, he showed up at his 14-year-old neighbor’s house with a gun, forced her back to his place, bound her, and raped her. He spent 14 years in jail.
It was clear that police had a sadistic monster on their hands. They delved deeper into his life and searched everything—including his computer history.
What they found was disturbing.
Between 2014 and 2016, Kohlhepp left multiple Amazon reviews for tactical gear, knife and gun accessories, padlocks and more. In a review for locks he wrote:
“Solid locks…have 5 on a shipping container…won’t stop them..but sure will slow them down til they are too old to care.”
The padlocks were used to keep Brown imprisoned in the dark, cold shipping container like an animal for two months. He wrote reviews so callously, making jokes about confining humans and even stabbing or burying them.
In his 2014 review for knives Kohlhepp wrote:
“havnet (sic) stabbed anyone yet…… yet…. but I am keeping the dream alive and when I do, it will be with a quality tool like this…”
Kohlhepp got off by hurting others. If they said something he didn’t like, angered him, or didn’t like him, he killed them. A self-conscious bully who took things too far, Kohlhepp was only just beginning a lifetime of murder when he was caught. As of right now there are only seven confirmed victims, but it is possible more could be revealed.
As he currently rots in prison, his mother defends her son’s actions and insists he’s not a “bad boy.” She justifies her son locking up Brown by saying he couldn’t let her go, or she would go to the police for killing Carver. As for the 14-year-old he assaulted as a teen—he just had a bad moment. He felt hurt when the bike shop employees laughed at him. Nothing was his fault.
Seven lives were lost at the hands of this “good boy.” They would argue that everything they experienced in the moments before their deaths was indeed Kohlhepp’s fault.