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Back in November, police rescued Kala Brown from a storage unit on the property of Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, a serial killer who later confessed to four murders and pleaded guilty to much more. Now, the video of both the rescue and the confession are being released by South Carolina prosecutors to the public.
"(It’s) horrific that we have a female that's chained up, sleeping on 2 dog beds in the back of a container. You almost asked yourself, ‘Did I just walk into a movie set in Hollywood?’” Sgt. Brandon Letterman of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office said. “This is something that looked like it would straight come from a Hannibal Lecter movie — a female that's chained and bound in the back of the container living off crackers and peanut butter and cheese and juice … had been back there for two months."
Brown and her boyfriend had gone to the property after being hired for cleaning work by Kohlhepp. Kohlhepp murdered Charles "David" Carver and locked Brown in the unit for months. He admitted to raping her as well.
After the rescue, Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder, four counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime, two counts of kidnapping and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences plus an additional 60 years in prison.
"It was pretty emotional, to say the least," said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. "When she was found, she was chained like a dog -- she had a chain around her neck. It's only by God's grace we found that little girl alive."
Letterman stated that he suspected Brown would have become Kohlhepp's eighth victim had police not been able to discover her. On the confession itself, Letterman added: "He wanted to talk. He wanted to be heard. He's one of these individuals who's proud and boastful of what he did. So I think for 13 years he's wanted to tell somebody. Whenever he was placed under arrest, I think it was a, for lack of a better term, a big sigh of relief for him that he could get it off his chest. He wants an audience. That's the type of person he is. And he got his audience."