GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Alleged serial killer Todd Kohlhepp killed four people at a motorsports store in 2003 because they embarrassed him, his mother told CBS.
Regina Tague, a Moore, S.C., resident, described her son’s apparent motives – as she says he relayed to her after his arrest last week – during an interview to be broadcast in part during CBS 48 Hours on Saturday night.
“Todd is not a monster,” Tague, told CBS 48 Hours correspondent David Begnaud. “He’s not even close to it. He wasn’t doing it for enjoyment. He was doing it because he was mad and he was hurt.”
Tague said the motorbike shop owner and an employee teased Kohlhepp about not knowing how to ride a motorcycle when he previously shopped at the store.
"Todd was bullied and embarrassed and I think he just held it in long enough," his mother told CNN.
She said Kohlhepp told her that he killed Charles Carver because he was a smart-aleck, and chained Kala Brown and held her captive inside a metal container on a property near Woodruff for two months so she wouldn’t report the crime to police.
It was the discovery of Brown on that property – spurred by a joint missing-persons investigation by police in Anderson and Spartanburg County – that led to the revelations that have emerged in the past week.
Kohlhepp, a 45-year-old registered sex offender and real estate agency owner is also accused of killing Meagan Leigh McCraw Coxie and her husband, Johnny Coxie. Kohlhepp pointed out locations where he buried their remains, as well as Carver’s, after securing three things from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have said.
Those three things were to speak with his mother, to deliver a photograph to his mother and to transfer some money to a friend’s child’s college fund.
Tague told CBS that there are no more victims to be discovered, and the 45-year-old registered sex offender and real-estate agent is expected to plead guilty to seven murders and kidnapping.
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