Criminal Profiler Believes South Carolina Serial Killer Victim Count Will Grow

More than two months after she went missing, Kala Brown was found locked in a storage container alive but clearly not alright. Detectives found 30-year-old Brown on a 100-acre property in Woodruff, South Carolina after receiving a tip of an alleged sex crime.

After searching the property, investigators found three bodies and have since linked the owner of the property, 45-year-old Todd Kohlhepp to at least seven murders. Criminal profiler John Kelly spoke with PEOPLE magazine and expressed his belief that more bodies will be found. “I guarantee you there are more bodies out there,” said Kelly.

Kelly, who is the president of S.T.A.L.K (System to Apprehend Lethal Killers), has worked as a criminal profiler for more than 20 years and has been worked with law enforcement on more than 100 murder cases.

“These guys always hold some stuff back from the police. They need to have their little secret,” Kelly said in response to Kohlhepp having confessed to seven murders.

Kohlhepp was arrested after Brown was found on his property and it was later revealed that he had been convicted of raping a girl when he was 15-years-old. He spent 15 years in jail for the crime. Kelly explained that not only is Kohlhepp a mass murderer, he is also a sexual predator, adding that he would label him in the same class as the BTK killer from the 1970’s.

Kelly believes that Kohlhepp enjoyed hunting and dominating his female victims. He also explained that Kohlhepp had been diagnosed with “anti-social personality disorder” following his arrest for rape. He suggested that Kohlhepp spent his years in prison building up his fantasies of raping and killing.

Kelly speculates that as authorities continue to interrogate Kohlhepp and additional investigations are carried out, more families will learn the fate of missing loved ones, likely at the hands of Kohlhepp.


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