Videos Show Rescue of Rape Victim, Serial Killer Confessions - NBC Bay Area
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Videos Show Rescue of Rape Victim, Serial Killer Confessions

The videos show Todd Kohlhepp, in cold and emotionless detail, confessing to killing seven people in South Carolina

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    After hearing a woman's screams inside a large metal container, investigators sawed and pried open the bin, rescuing the woman who had been chained inside for about two months by a serial killer, according to new videos released by prosecutors. (Published Sunday, June 11, 2017)

    Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers.

    After hearing a woman's screams inside a large metal container, investigators sawed and pried open the bin, rescuing the woman who had been chained inside for about two months by a serial killer, according to new videos released by prosecutors.

    The videos also show Todd Kohlhepp, in cold and emotionless detail, confessing to killing seven people in South Carolina. He pleaded guilty two weeks ago to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison. On Friday, prosecutors released several videos, dozens of pictures and hundreds of pages of evidence against him.

    In the rescue video, once the container was opened after the 10-minute operation, officers walked in carefully with their hands on their guns and found a clothed Kala Brown, sitting on the floor with a chain around her neck stretching to the wall.

    President Trump Lays Out US Plans for Afghanistan

    [NATL] President Trump Lays Out US Plans for Afghanistan

    President Trump addressed members of the military and the country as he laid out his plans for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 21, 2017)

    "Do you know where your buddy is?" an officer said.

    "Charlie? He shot him," she said quietly.

    "Who did?"

    "Todd Kohlhepp shot Charlie Carver three times in the chest, wrapped him in a blue tarp, put him in the bucket of the tractor, locked me down here. I've never seen him again. He says he's dead and buried. He says there are several bodies dead and buried out here," she said.

    Investigators found three bodies on the rural Spartanburg County property. They had gone to the land on Nov. 3 to look for Brown and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver. The couple had been missing for two months, and Brown's cellphone indicated she might have been in the area when she vanished.

    Kohlhepp also pleaded guilty to raping Brown. The Associated Press typically doesn't identify victims of sexual assault, but Brown has spoken publicly about her traumatic experience, appearing on Dr. Phil's television show in February.

    Bei Bei the Panda Celebrates 2nd Birthday at National Zoo

    [NATL] Bei Bei the Panda Celebrates 2nd Birthday at National Zoo

    Bei Bei the panda cub celebrated his second birthday at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 22, with an ice cake and some new toys.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017)

    Authorities say on the way to the hospital, Brown told them about how Kohlhepp confessed to killing a married couple before she was captured, and about killing four people at a Spartanburg County motorcycle shop — murders that were unsolved for 13 years.

    After authorities let Kohlhepp talk to his mother and promised to give her money from his accounts, he confessed in several other videos released by prosecutors.

    Kohlhepp bragged in one video about wearing gloves when loading his gun to assure no fingerprints were on the casings. He also told authorities he pulled the gun apart and threw the components into different trash bins, putting the barrel into a bag of used kitty litter.

    Even though it had been 13 years, Kohlhepp detailed each shot he fired at the Superbike shop, including final shots to the forehead of 30-year-old Scott Ponder; 52-year-old Beverly Guy; 30-year-old Brian Lucas; and 26-year-old Chris Sherbert.

    "That was one big building. I cleared that building in under 30 seconds," Kohlhepp said. "I'm sorry, but you guys would have been proud."

    The investigators asked if anyone begged for their lives or said anything to him.

    Chaos at Charlottesville City Council Meeting

    [NATL] Chaos at 1st Charlottesville City Council Meeting Since Violent Rally

    A protest erupted inside the Charlottesville city council chambers on Monday, Aug. 22, as councilors held their first meeting since the deadly rally over the city's Confederate statue on Aug. 12, 2017. The crowd screamed at councilors and eventually took over the meeting, which caused for police intervention.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017)

    "I don't remember any of that. I will tell you that once I engaged, I was engaged. It was almost like a video game. It's not a game — you've been there, sir, you know what I am talking about," Kohlhepp said.

    Kohlhepp also killed 29-year-old Johnny Coxie and 26-year-old Leigh McCraw-Coxie in December 2015. They, like Carver and Brown, were lured to Kohlhepp's land after he promised them work.

    Kohlhepp killed Coxie immediately and tried to keep McCraw-Coxie locked away, but he said he killed her after several days because she tried to burn the container after he gave her cigarettes.

    "She wanted Little Caesar's pizza. I hate that (expletive). It gives me heartburn," Kohlhepp said. "Dr. Pepper, cinnamon rolls and freaking Newports. If you go down to that building, you'll find an unused package of Newports that I bought for her."

    Kohlhepp denied killing anyone else. He did say he shot a man in Arizona when he was 14, but could give few details. Authorities have not charged him with any additional crimes in other states.

    Kohlhepp moved to South Carolina in 2001 after 14 years in prison for a kidnapping in Arizona. Authorities there said the then 15-year-old Kohlhepp forced a 14-year-old neighbor back to his home at gunpoint, tied her up and raped her.

    President Trump Got His Own Super Bowl LI Ring

    [NATL] President Trump Got His Own Super Bowl LI Ring

    The New England Patriots gave President Donald Trump his own ring from Super Bowl LI, a gift from longtime friend, owner Robert Kraft.

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017)