As everyone else has been following the election coverage and arguing with their friends and family on social media, we’ve been following the developing story of suspected serial killer Todd Kohlhepp.
Approximately a month ago detectives searching for Charlie Carver and Kala Brown received a tip from a sex-crime investigator about a property owned by Kohlhepp. There Kala Brown was found chained inside a shipping container, while Carver was presumed to be dead after Brown told police that Kohlhepp had shot Carver in front of her. This news was later confirmed several days later when remains found on the property were identified as Carver’s.
While the couple had been missing, it is believed that Kohlhepp may have been accessing Carver’s Facebook account in order to send cryptic messages to Carver’s friends and family. The case continued to get weirder when Amazon reviews for an account linked to Kohlhepp were found for various things he may have used for murder, including a shovel and a knife.
In addition to the murder of Charlie Carver, Kohlhepp also confessed to the 2003 murders of four people in a South Carolina high-performance motorcycle shop.
For those of you who are just getting wind of this story, you can read up on Kohlhepp’s other victims more extensively in the other two articles I’ve written: Into Thin Air and The South Carolina Superbike Murders.
Just as we believed that we may have gotten out everything there is to know about Kohlhepp, last night the story broke that the bodies of another young couple, whom Kohlhepp was able to identify by name, were located on his property.
The couple, identified as Meagan Leigh McCraw-Coxie and Johnny Joe Coxie, went missing in December of 2015 after being released from jail. According to reports on Greenville Online, Meagan asked her mother to bond her out of jail because she had a job lined up. Johnny had also been released from county jail around the same time after he was arrested for unauthorized solicitation and providing false information to a police officer. Both she and Johnny were never seen again.
The bodies of the Coxies were unearthed on Kohlhepp’s property on November 9th 2016. Photographs of the couple’s tattoos were used to identify the bodies. Meagan had been shot in the head, while Johnny had been shot in the torso.
Family of the Coxies are in a state of shock about the recent discovery and are uncertain how the couple became associated with Kohlhepp. A neighbor told reporters for Greenville Online, “They were always around this way, so I don’t even know how he could’ve met them … ”
It is still unclear what Kohlhepp’s motive behind the serial slayings were, but some have speculated that drugs may have been the common link behind all of the murders.
Brown had been working with Kohlhepp cleaning real estate properties, but Sheriff Chuck Wright told 106.3 The Word, when asked about how he and other investigators on the case were led to Kohlhepp’s property, “First of all, both of these people had some involvement in some other than legal stuff and that’s about all I’m going to say about it.”
Meagan Leigh McCraw-Coxie had been released from jail after she was charged for using heroin while pregnant prior to her disappearance. Johnny Joe Croxie also had charges related to drug use in the past. According to a police blotter published in September of 2009 on GoUpstate.com, “Johnny Coxie was arrested and cited with child endangerment, driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and open container.”
In the brutal quadruple murder at Superbike Motorsports, there has been speculation that Chris Sherbert may have also been facing charges related to drug activity. Scott Ponder’s stepfather, Terry Guy, told Crime Watch Daily in a February 2016 segment, “From what I gathered, he was looking at a lot of time, and the people that he was with, you know, did they think he was going to turn state’s evidence and tell on them? Chris was the first one shot.”
What role did drugs play in all these murders? Unfortunately, that is a question we do not yet have an answer to. All we know is that currently Todd Kohlhepp has confessed to the murders of seven people, with investigators holding the belief that there may be more.