A serial killer from South Carolina, convicted of murdering seven people earlier this year, has written a letter confessing to killing others. Todd Kohlhepp, 46, penned an 8-page letter to a publication in his state, the Herald-Journal, claiming he has killed others.
"Yes there is more than seven," Kohlhepp wrote in the letter. "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."
He also wrote, “At this point, I really don’t see any reason to give numbers or locations.”
Is he telling the truth in the chilling letter? Brad Garrett, an ABC News contributor said that it is common for serial killers to lie about killing more in order to get more publicity because their entire identity is based on body count. Regardless, police are looking into it. Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI’s Columbia office, told the Associated Press an investigation is pending.
Kohlhepp, a former realtor, pleaded guilty in May to killing seven people, including four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003, and was spared the death penalty. He’s serving seven consecutive life sentences instead.
The serial killer was arrested in 2016 after a woman was found chained up inside a shipping container in his backyard.
That woman, Kala Brown, also witnessed Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver, whose body was later found on Kohlhepp’s property. Brown has said that Kohlhepp told her that he has killed close to 100 people.
[Photo: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office]