Case 229

The Killer Realtor

On Thursday, November 6 2003, a customer was met with a grisly scene at a motorcycle dealership called Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee, South Carolina. Owner Scott Ponder, his mother Beverly Guy, store manager Brian Lucas and mechanic Chris Sherbert had all been gunned down in cold blood.

The quadruple homicide was one of the worst crimes Spartanburg County had ever seen, and would eventually go cold… until a double missing persons case more than a decade later and a successful realtor named Todd Kohlhepp would take the case in an unexpected direction.

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RESOURCES

 

VIDEO

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

 

ARTICLES

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 – WSPA.com

Mystery over missing couple deepens after creepy Facebook posts – News.com.au

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

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES

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

 

WEBSITES

The Charley Project – William Dean Ponder

Wikipedia – Todd Kohlhepp

 

 

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