South Carolina police, working on the case of an accused serial killer, say a key part of their investigation involves product reviews on Amazon the killer may have posted. They say 45-year-old Todd Kohlhepp may have used some of those products he purchased through Amazon while carrying out his crimes.
The Greenville News reports: “There are 140 reviews linked to the “me” user with the “Todd Kohlhepp” wish list….They cover tactical vests, carabiners, gun magazine pouches, weapon mounts and emergency medical kits as well as books about rapelling, snipers and emergency war surgery.” For a shovel with a folding handle, the user posted a review suggesting: “Keep in car for when you have to hide the bodies and you left full size shovel at home.”
The user believed to be Kohlhepp also left a review for a knife that read: “haven’t stabbed anyone yet…… yet…. but I am keeping the dream alive and when I do, it will be with a quality tool like this…”
Kohlhepp was arrested last week, after a woman was found chained on his property in Woodruff. Kayla Brown was found “chained up like a dog” in a storage container and stayed alive for two months in “pure hell.” The remains of Brown’s boyfriend were found in a shallow grave on Kohlhepp’s property, police said.
Family members of his other alleged victims say Brown is a hero. If it hadn’t been for her they would have never found out what happened to their loved ones 13 years ago.
Kohlhepp, a broker in charge of a real estate company in Spartanburg, told police he killed 4 people at a motorcycle shop in 2003, including the shop’s owner. Kohlhepp was apparently a disgruntled customer at the motor sports business in Chesnee.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff said Kohlhepp wanted to meet with his mother while he was behind bars. Deputies agreed and Kohlepp later showed them where he had bodies buried on his property.
The man who sold Kohlhepp the nearly 100 secluded acres in 2014 told local media that Kohlhepp indicated he didn’t want neighbors or friends, he just wanted privacy. At around the same time he purchased this property in rural South Carolina, police say he started writing the product reviews online.
30 years ago, when Kohlhepp was 15 years old, he was convicted of kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl in Arizona. CBS News reports, he went to prison for 14 years then moved on to South Carolina where he was a registered sex offender.
He could now be facing the death penalty.
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