Kala Brown has lived through a hell that many of us have only ever seen in horror movies. After being kidnapped by a serial killer, she was kept chained "like a dog" by her captor. Following her rescue by police, Brown is now coming forward with her living nightmare, according to People.
Brown and her boyfriend, Charles Carver, went missing in August after responding to a job posting online. Little did they know, the person behind the advertisement was serial killer and registered sex offender Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, who promptly dispensed of Carver.
"He shot Charlie in the chest three times; he said it was easier to control someone if you took somebody they loved," said Brown in a recent teaser for an episode of Dr. Phil, in which she'll discuss her ordeal at length. "He let me know that if I fought back he would kill me. And then he raped me."
Brown was then locked inside a shipping container, where she was provided with food and water. Chains were placed around her neck and ankles to make escape impossible: “My neck was in one corner and my ankle was in another corner,” she said. But Kohlhepp's objective was never to kill Brown: in fact, he was trying to force her to fall in love with him.
"I did what I had to do to survive," she continued. "No matter what he did to me, he did not break me. He cannot destroy me and I won."
Eventually, Brown was discovered by police after they heard her banging on the walls of the container. Kohlhepp was arrested and confessed to several killings. He was found to have owned a considerable amount of guns and ammunition.
According to CBS, many of Kohlhepp's colleagues were shocked to hear of his evil extracurricular hobbies: “He’s not the kind of person to do something like this,” Cherry Laurens, a former coworker of Kohlhepp's, said. “Working with him he was an excellent boss. He stood up for us whenever we needed him.”
“Todd was --in my opinion -- a likable guy,” Ron Owen, Kohlhepp's neighbor, added.