Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to the killing of seven people between 2003 and 2016.
(Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
A South Carolina man who admitted to killing seven people earlier this year has claimed to have more victims whose remains have not yet been discovered.
In an eight-page letter to the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, Todd Kohlhepp wrote that he tried to tell investigators about other murders, and the height of the FBI, but he said: “it was blown.”
“At this point, I don’t really see the reason to give numbers or locations,” Kohlhepp also wrote.
Kohlhepp, 46, was arrested last year after police rescued a woman chained to the neck in a container, and the researchers found a body buried in a shallow grave. The woman told investigators that she saw Kohlhepp shooting and killing her boyfriend, the 32-year-old Charles David Carter, who went out with her for a cleaning job at the defendant’s house.
In addition to Carter, Kohlhepp also pleaded guilty last May for the killing of husband and wife Johnny and Meagan Coxie in December 2015, as well as four people at the local motorcycle dealership in 2003. He is currently serving seven consecutive life terms plus 60 years on the kidnapping, assault and other charges. He is not eligible for early release.
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At the time of Kohlhepp conviction, his lawyer told the court there were no other victims. But in his letter to the Herald-Journal, Kohlhepp wrote that the killing trail, “the state and leave the country.”
Kohlhepp moved to South Carolina in 2001, after 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping in Arizona. The authorities there said the then 15-year-old forced a 14-year-old neighbor back to his house in the shot, tied her up and raped her.
Anderson Police Capt. Mike Walters told the newspaper that he does not believe Kholhepp is bound to a more local cases, but suspects he can the victims of the state.
“I’m sure there are many more. I’m just thinking that they are more likely in Florida or elsewhere, ” Walters said. “People like him, they want the police to get the fame. They always go to throw bait often to keep their name.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.