FBI: S.C. serial killer illegally obtained guns

Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).
Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).


WOODRUFF, S.C. (WSPA) — The FBI says the man who confessed to killing at least seven people was prohibited from purchasing firearms.

Investigators say they found at least five guns on Todd Kohlepp’s property in rural South Carolina. The stash included at least one assault rifle.

Kohlepp was arrested after authorities found a woman, Kala Brown, chained inside a storage container on his property in Spartanburg County, northwest of Columbia. Brown, 30, and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver, had not been seen since they were reported missing in late August. Carver’s body was later found on Kohlepp’s property.

Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)
Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)

Authorities say their records show Kohlepp never tried to buy a firearm legally. He could have bought the guns from private sellers, straw sales or even individual sellers at gun shows.

The ATF says their job in this case will be to trace every firearm he had on his property, but federal investigators say they have not yet been called to assist in the case.

Court records from Tempe, Arizona revealed that Kohlhepp had been charged for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl when he was 15-years-old. He forced the girl into his home and tied her hands and put tape over her mouth and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.

>>Court records reveal chilling details of Kohlhepp’s past kidnapping case

Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).
Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).

In the judge’s ruling, he stated Kohlhepp “at the age of 9, he was ‘explosive’ and ‘preoccupied with sexual content.’ He has not changed. He has been unabatedly aggressive to others and destructive of property since nursery school.” The judge went on to say, “Twenty-five months of the most intensive and expensive professional intervention, short of God’s, will provide no protection for the public and no rehabilitation of this juvenile.”

>>Solicitor confident murder warrant will be signed on Todd Kohlhepp

The court documents also include a psychiatric evaluation that say Kohlhepp destroyed his room with a hammer, destroyed other children’s projects, bleached a goldfish, shot a dog with a BB gun, was dismissed from the Boy Scouts because he was too disruptive and shredded his own new clothes. The report also says his father made a statement saying the only emotion Kohlhepp was capable of was anger.

>>Body found on property where Kala Brown was rescued in Woodruff


 

This story was originally published on WSPA, WOOD TV8’s sister station in Greenville, South Carolina. 24 Hour News 8 web staff also contributed to this article.