Dramatic video shows rescue of woman chained in container by convicted serial killer
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Newly released video shows the dramatic rescue of a woman held captive by a serial killer in South Carolina back in November.
The video is from the November day when Spartanburg County deputies found 30-year-old Kala Brown while investigating a tip about a sex crime.
They heard banging from inside a metal container on Todd Kohlhepp's property. When they forced it open, they found Brown "chained up like a dog," authorities said at the time.
Kohlhepp was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences for kidnapping Brown and murdering seven other people.
The video - as well as a jailhouse interview tape - are among 254 pieces of evidence shared now that Kohlhepp is facing seven life sentences with no parole.
In an interview done with investigators with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Kohlhepp describes shooting four people at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee in 2003.
Kohlhepp said he bought a motorcycle from them in 2003, and only had it for 14 days before it was stolen from his apartment complex. According to the interview, when Kohlhepp went back to look at another bike, employees were rude about his inability to ride a bike, and implied they had something to do with his bike being stolen.
He told investigators, “I let it slide for the time being, thought about it, got mad about it, kept going back there, I don’t know why.”
He claimed he would sit on different bikes, try them out and listen to the owner and manager, Brian Lucas and Scott Ponder “talk trash.”
He went back one more time with a loaded gun.
“I got there, not everybody was there, went in,” said Kohlhepp. “I looked at a few bikes, did my best to make sure paying customers were not there. This was during the time that wasn’t busy. I did not want to shoot other people.“
Kohlhepp said he didn’t have intentions of shooting Ponder’s mother Beverly Guy, but “she was there.”
He first fired at the mechanic, Chris Sherbert, who was preparing a new bike Kohlhepp said he was interested in.
“He was beneath me. He was down crouched down on the side of the bike,” said Kohlhepp.”I had to lean over the bike and I believe it was two shots.”
Kohlhepp said the three others at the store at the time heard the gunshots and came towards him.
“Mom was the closest and I shot her two to three times in the chest,” said Kohlhepp. “They ran to the door in the process of that, I emptied a few rounds and got one of them in the back. He crumpled in the door, I did a tactical reload, and dropped the other before he got out the door.”
Kohlhepp also discussed investigators finding Kala Bown being found in a metal storage unit on his property with chains on her ankles and around her neck.
Both she and her boyfriend, Charlie Carver were cleaning a home for Kohlhepp. He claims they were using heroin, and planning on selling it with the money he would be paying them.
“I have a problem with people who sell drugs,” Kohlhepp said. “And I will drop them.”
According to interviews investigators did with Kohlhepp, he bought many items from Amazon.com for Brown, including clothing, coloring books, a TV and Walkman.
He also said he bought her Chinese dinner on a few occasions and let her walk around. He claims the two had dinner on the table in the storage container.
“I made it crystal clear on many, many moments that I would not rape her. And when she said no, it was no,” said Kohlhepp. “I bought her three things to make her comfortable, I wasn’t sure what I was doing with her I was buying time thinking what the hell I did.”
Crews used saws and hammers to break into the storage unit. Inside the unit filled with metal shelves, there were plastic drawers with items for her, juice containers, snacks, and Tupperware with food in it.
Some of the first words out of her mouth to investigators were, “Todd Kohlhepp shot Charlie Carver three times in the chest, wrapped him in a blue tarp, put him in a bucket of the tractor, locked me in here, and I never seen him again,” said Brown.
When asked by investigators why he shot Carver and if he made him angry, Kohlhepp said, “I don’t know how to answer that, honestly. I was angry at her. I wasn’t angry at him.”
Brown also told investigators that Kohlhepp told her there were several dead bodies buried on his property as well. She said he had a fascination with couples and also spoke to her about another one he wanted to kidnap and murder for money they owed him.
The bodies of Meagan and Johnny Coxie were also found buried on Kohlhepp’s property.
When asked by investigators about them he said, “You know, I tried not to do some of these things. I tried to help two people who were homeless who were working on the side of the road. I tried to give them a job.”
Kohlhepp also spoke to investigators about his punishment. He said, “I’m not getting out and I know that. You guys are going to go for death row and I’m OK with that. Just don’t drag it out 50 years. Put me on the gurney and put me to sleep, I’m cool with that.”
One of the reasons he wasn't put on death row is because he would join about 40 inmates waiting for South Carolina to obtain the lethal medication necessary for executions.
The victims' families wanted justice sooner, and agreed to his seven life sentences.