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Last week, vehicles lined up along the edge of convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp’s 96-acre property near Woodruff, South Carolina — the same location where he'd buried three of his seven murder victims.
It’s also the same property where the former real estate agent chained a woman to the inside of a storage unit for months.
Buyers swarmed to the sordid spot to collect items they'd purchased during a brief online auction, over 550 ghastly relics in all, according to GoUpstate.com, a Spartanburg-based publication.
And now, just 24 hours after picking up their belongings, several of the items are already up for resale online.
Kohlhepp’s former camouflage gun-carrying case, two sets of plastic hand restraints and a skull-face mask are listed as a bundle on eBay.com, available to buy for $250.
Alex Norris, of Greer, who listed the items on eBay, told South Carolina's Greenville News that he plans to donate half of the proceeds to Kohlhepp's surviving victims and their families.
A TKA Real Estate yard sign, which Kohlhepp used when he worked as a realtor, is up for sale on the true-crime memorabilia website supernaught.com. It’s listed at $200. Another of Kohlhepp's old signs is listed on the site for $250.
Will more sales emerge in the aftermath of the auction? There are certainly many more items formerly owned by Kohlhepp items out in the world, now.
Among the items purchased at the auction, according to the Greenville News: A gun safe, an ATV, power tools, a handcuff key, books, rain barrels and gas cans. Buyers also snatched up Kohlhepp's artwork collection, which included a banner featuring skulls, and a motorcycle with green flames coming out of it. One woman paid $21 for three rain barrels.
Norris told the Greenville News that he also purchased a woman’s necklace during the auction — one he doesn’t intend to re-sell because he thinks it could belong to one of the victims.
"I don't believe that one will be sold since I believe that could be tied to one of his victims," Norris said. "It definitely is creepy knowing who it all belonged to and what could have gone on in the same room that this stuff came out of. It hits home that this is right here in our hometown."
All the proceeds from the initial auction will go toward settlement payouts for Kohlhepp's victims and their families. Last month, a judge awarded $6.3 million to Kala Brown, the woman he'd held captive in a shipping container.
Kohlhepp was convicted in 2017 of seven murders, including four slayings at a motorcycle shop in 2003.
He is currently serving seven consecutive life sentences.
Kohlhepp, now 47, was spared the death penalty after pleading guilty to the murders. He had been arrested in 2016 after Brown was found chained up on his property.
Brown was forced to watch in horror as Kohlhepp shot and killed her boyfriend, Charles Carver, whose body was later found on Kohlhepp’s property, along with the bodies of two other victims, Meagan and Johnny Coxie.
Kohlhepp claimed to Brown that he had killed nearly 100 people, she later recalled.
Authorities last week combed a swath of South Carolina woods where Kohlhepp told them he'd buried two other bodies, but did not find human remains in the area.
[Photo: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office]
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