A few years ago, my family and I were living in Greenville, South Carolina. My husband Ernest was stationed in Afghanistan at the time. It was just me and Jennifer, and we were making the move back to Columbia. Jennifer was going to be attending USC and Ernest was going to be at Fort Jackson.
So I wanted to put the house on the market. I randomly called Weichert Realtors. The lady I spoke with on the phone, was excited to help me. She told me, “I have the perfect realtor for you, he is a beast and a go-getter.” I was extremely excited because I wanted the house to sell quickly. She told me his name was Todd Kohlepp, she gave him my information and assured me that he would be in touch.
Todd called me back within the hour, he was nice enough over the phone. When he came to the house, I was home alone we talked, drank some sweet tea, signed a contract, and we shook hands. What I didn’t know was that this man had already kidnapped and assaulted a young girl. He was given 15 years and was a registered sex offender in another state.
He had moved to South Carolina and was able to become a licensed realtor. He put the lockbox on the house, took pictures of the house, and he also made flyers. Jennifer and I were in that house alone, and he had the key to the house via the lockbox. Also unbeknownst to me, Todd had already murdered four people.
When Todd, finally met Jennifer things changed a bit. He would ask her out and she would always politely decline, but he was persistent. Jennifer told me that he made her feel uneasy, because she didn’t trust a man that didn’t wear undershirts under his dress shirt. He used to sweat so much and he always made her a little feel uncomfortable. He would stop by the house at least three times a week.
I was receiving so many showings, it seemed like he was always around. The house sold in six weeks, and we were so relieved. Even after we moved he kept trying to maintain contact with us. The crazy part is that the house we bought and the house Todd bought a few years later look eerily similar. Our house number is 321 and his house was 123. He found Jennifer on Facebook and tried to communicate with her, but she ended up blocking him. He would always promise that he would come to Columbia and visit us, thank God he didn’t.
Well fast forward to 2016, Jennifer was watching the news and she saw his name and picture. She said “I know that guy, that’s Todd Kohlepp!” It turns out that Todd was a serial killer and had killed seven people and buried some of them on his property. I rushed to get my closing paperwork and sure enough there was his name. In an interview, he stated that he didn’t kill people that were nice to him. I think the only thing that saved Jennifer and I was the fact that we always treated him with kindness. I remember he even said that to me one day, he said “Juliette you guys are always so nice to me and I really appreciate that.”
Well y’all Todd is back in the news as of August 2018. He told investigators that there were more victims, more bodies you can click here for the story. I try not to think of the what if’s.
Y’all I still cannot believe that I had sweet tea with the devil. Todd was a rapist, kidnapping, murdering son of a bitch. Thank you Weichert Realtors, I have no more words.