Todd Kohlhepp, convicted of killing seven people after he pleaded guilty earlier this year, wrote that he killed more.
Kohlhepp, 46, admitted to chaining a woman inside a storage shed on his rural property for two months and to a 2003 massacre of four people at a motorbike store, among other crimes, noted Reuters. He pleaded guilty to all charges against him—including the seven murders, kidnapping, and sexual assault—before he was sentenced to seven life terms, avoiding the death penalty.
Now Kohlhepp, in an eight-page letter, wrote that he tried to tell investigators that there were more victims, but “it was blown off,” The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.
“Yes there is more than seven,” he added. “At this point, I really don’t see reason to give numbers or locations,” he said.
The FBI’s Don Wood said the agency is going to investigate.
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“We can’t comment specifically on what we’re doing, other than what I’ve said before—that we have a pending investigation,” Wood, chief division counsel with the bureau’s field office in Columbia, told The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Before his arrest, Kohlhepp, who had a real estate business, reportedly made similar claims to Kala Brown, one of his kidnapping victims. He claimed to her that he was “nearing the triple digits” in killings.
Brown was discovered inside a metal container on Nov. 3, 2016.
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“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,” Brown said, according to prior reporting.
The crimes date back to 2003 and the bodies of several of the people killed by Kohlhepp were found on his property.
During the hearing, several family members of the victims sobbed as they spoke to the judge about their loved ones. Kohlhepp, in shackles, showed no emotion, NBC reported.
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Reuters contributed to this report.
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