Case 229

The Killer Realtor

*** Content Warning: gun violence, sexual assault ***

On November 6 2003, a customer entered the Superbike Motorsports dealership in Chesnee, South Carolina. Nothing could prepare them for the grisly scene inside. Four employees had been gunned down in cold blood – Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas, and Chris Sherbert. 

The quadruple homicide was one of the worst crimes Spartanburg County had ever seen. The investigation eventually went cold until a decade later, when two people went missing, and a successful realtor named Todd Kohlhepp took the case in an unexpected direction.



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Superbike murders details released; photos, interviews – WSPA 7News

Serial Killer: Devil Unchained – End of the Line

48 Hours – Buried Truth

People Magazine Investigates – Killing Field

Todd Kohlhepp talks to investigators after his arrest on Nov. 11, 2016 – GoUpstate/Spartanburg Herald-Journal



Cold case: 4 murdered midday in South Carolina motorsports shop – True Crime Daily

South Carolina kidnapping suspect charged with 4 killings in cold case – CNN

The Superbike murders: A senseless crime solved 13 years later – Revzilla

Superbike murders details released –

Mystery over missing couple deepens after creepy Facebook posts –

Serial killer ‘posed as one of his victims with eerie Hotel California Facebook post’ – The Daily Mail

Missing man’s Facebook account suddenly comes alive, terrifying family – The Washington Post

What we know about Todd Kohlhepp’s confession to 2003 murders in South Carolina – ABC News

Mother of suspect in 7 South Carolina killings says he is ‘not a monster – St Louis Post-Dispatch

Todd Kohlhepp confesses murders to his mother after being arrested – IBT

Kohlhepp driven by anger – Greenville News

Todd Kohlhepp pleads guilty to murdering 7 over 13 years – CNN

Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp claims two more South Carolina murders – ID Crimefeed

How did Todd Kohlhepp acquire guns? ‘Good question’ – USA Today

South Carolina ‘serial killer’ Todd Kohlhepp pleads guilty in 7 murders – NBC News

Todd Kohlhepp, suspected S.C. serial killer, faces more murder charges – CBS News

Coroner: Missing Spartanburg husband, wife found buried on Kohlhepp property – Fox Carolina

Todd Kohlhepp: The short fuse of a suspected serial killer – CNN

Todd Kohlhepp, accused of chaining woman, confesses to 2003 murders, sheriff says – CBS News

Successful real estate firm built between grisly crimes – Yahoo News

Man who bought 12 guns for serial killer pleads guilty – Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Todd Kohlhepp’s gun buyer sentenced to more than seven years in prison – GoUpstate

Todd Kohlhepp: South Carolina realtor accused in kidnapping, killings – CNN

Todd Kohlhepp, accused serial killer, met victim at Waffle House, report says – CBS News

Todd Kohlhepp told mom why he kept [victim] alive – WBTW

Missing man’s Facebook account springs to life with cryptic messages – is it him? – TNW

Mothers desperate for information about missing couple – NBC News

Missing South Carolina woman found chained in metal container – CNN

Woman chained inside container fed once per day, shown gravesites – Yahoo News

How police used pings from a cell phone to find [missing woman] – Greenville News

Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp’s assets to be divvied up – Greenville News



Four found dead in motorcycle shop – Anderson Independent-Mail

Police release sketches of witnesses in killings – Anderson Independent-Mail

Friend cannot forget sight – Anderson Independent-Mail

Shooting victims laid to rest – The Greenville News

Still no suspects in bike shop shooting – The Charlotte Observer

No arrests have been made year after bike shop shooting – The Index-Journal

America’s Most Wanted show generates tips – The Gaffney Ledger

10 years on, S.C. bike shop killings remain unsolved – The Times and Democrat

Families come together after their losses in serial killings – Anderson Independent-Mail

Still unanswered questions in the Kohlhepp case – Anderson Independent-Mail

12 years later, motorcycle shop slayings still unsolved – The Item

Families of Kohlhepp victims share anger, memories – The Greenville News

Kohlhepp receives 7 life terms, 60 years – The Greenville News

Captive’s rescue leads to break in grisly slaying of 4 – St Louis Post-Dispatch



The Charley Project – William Dean Ponder

Wikipedia – Todd Kohlhepp

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