CRIME

Amazon Reviews From Suspected Killer Todd Kohlhepp Surface Online

The man suspected of killing seven people delivered disturbing critiques tactical gear and other odd items

CRIME
Spartanburg Co Sheriff's office
Nov 08, 2016 at 6:08 PM ET

In disturbing news that sounds almost too on the nose to be true, an Amazon account linked to suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp has surfaced. As it turns out, the reviews of tactical gear and other items sound eerily like the critiques of a serial killer.

According to South Carolina’s NBC affiliate WYFF-4 the account reviews, some of which can be seen here in a gallery at WYFF-4, were left under the name “me” between May of 2014 and August of 2016, but the associated wish list with the account, which includes a pair of night goggles, is under the name Todd Kohlhepp. While some of the products have since been deleted, preserved reviews by news outlets range from a season of “The Walking Dead” to tactical gear like knives, vests, holsters, padlocks, and other items that seem ideal for someone who works as a realtor, as Kohlhepp did.

A review for an entrenching tool is described as great to “keep in the car when you have to hide the bodies and you left the full size shovel at home…. does not come with a midget, which would have been nice.”

Another review for a padlock laments “won’t stop them.. but sure will slow them down til they are too old to care.”

Another, for a chainsaw, is reviewed as “works excellent.. getting the neighbor to stand still while you chase him with it is hard enough without having a easy to use chainsaw….”

Another, for a fixed blade, claims “havnet 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, a registered sex offender who spent 15 years in prison for the rape of a 14-year-old girl, was taken into custody last week after police tracked two cell phone signals to Kohlhepp’s 95-acre property in Greeneville, South Carolina. There, they found 30-year-old Kala Brown alive, locked up and chained by the neck and ankles in a metal storage container. She had been there two months. Kohlhepp’s criminal history unraveled from there, according to reports. Brown told police she watched Kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Carver, multiple times, and they soon located Carver in a shallow grave with the help of cadaver-sniffing dogs. The couple had gone missing on August 31.

Kohlhepp then confessed to murdering four people in 2003 at a motorcylce shop, and took police to two more bodies on the property, bringing the tally to seven murders.

Spartanburg police told WYFF that they aren’t ruling anything out in the investigation, including those Amazon reviews. But it’s not the only online activity included in the investigation. Kohlhepp may have been posting on Facebook under Charles Carver’s account after Brown and Carver went missing.

Someone continued to update Carver’s account with posts about the missing couple, request for prayers, and even messages to his friends and family after their disappearance, including posting the caption “we are fine” to a picture of the couple. But others betrayed the tone of the earlier posts. One asked, “What color ribbon supports the people who can’t keep their nose out of other people’s business?”

Other status updates more closely mimic the Amazon account language Kohlhepp used, and family members told the Daily Beast none of the updates sounded anything like Charles Carver. “Sometimes late at night I dig a hole in the backyard to keep the nosey neighbor’s guessing,” a post on September 24 read. Another read, “End gun violence now! Bring back the sword.”

Most troubling, another update quoted the famous refrain from the Eagles’ song “Hotel California” — “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.’ ” That reference shows up on one of the Kohlhepp Amazon reviews, where a review for a different padlock says, “now my locks have locks… place is hotel california now…”

The reviews and impersonated Carver updates are said to match the language of Kohlhepp’s own Facebook page, which has been taken down since his arrest.

Kohlhepp does not have a lawyer and appears to be representing himself, Greeneville Online reported. He was recently denied bond, and appears in court again on January 19, 2017.