US man con­fesses to seven killings

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: A man who was ar­rested in South Carolina for hold­ing a woman hostage and “chained like a dog” has con­fessed to up to seven killings, a lo­cal sher­iff said.

Spartanburg County sher­iff Chuck Wright told a press con­fer­ence late on Satur­day that war­rants were is­sued charg­ing Todd Christo­pher Kohlhepp ( pix) with a quadru­ple mur­der that baf­fled po­lice and in­ves­ti­ga­tors for 13 years.

Wright said that the sus­pect had also shown au­thor­i­ties two gravesites on his vast prop­erty, in ad­di­tion to one body dug up from a shal­low grave on Fri­day.

“There’s no won­der­ing any­more” about the Novem­ber 2003 killings at the Su­per­bike Mo­tor­sports in the nearby town of Ch­es­nee, Wright told lo­cal me­dia, in­clud­ing lo­cal ABC af­fil­i­ate 13WLOS and The Greenville Times.

“He told us some stuff that no­body else ought to know,” Wright told re­porters.

Kohlhepp, 45, was ar­rested on Thurs­day and charged with kid­nap­ping af­ter the woman that po­lice said was “chained like a dog” in­side a ship­ping con­tainer was res­cued from his prop­erty.

Kala Brown, 30, was dis­cov­ered with chains around her neck and an­kles trapped in­side the pad­locked con­tainer.

Po­lice res­cued her af­ter hear­ing a bang­ing sound when they ar­rived at Kohlhepp’s prop­erty with a search war­rant.

Kohlhepp, who owns a 38ha tract of ru­ral land in the town of Woodruff, north­east of the state cap­i­tal Columbia, is a real-es­tate agent and reg­is­tered sex of­fender.

Brown told of­fi­cers she had been in the con­tainer for two months. She and her boyfriend, Charles Carver, 32, had been miss­ing since Au­gust.

Brown told po­lice that Kohlhepp shot her boyfriend mul­ti­ple times in the chest in front of her. Wright said on Satur­day that au­thor­i­ties iden­ti­fied the body dug up the day be­fore as that of Carver. – AFP

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