Todd Kohlhepp Case: Victim Kala Brown Stares Down Serial Killer in Court as She Files Civil Suit

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A brave South Carolina woman stared down the hulking monster who held her captive in a shipping container for 65 terrifying days.

The showdown occurred in a Spartanburg County courtroom where 32-year-old Kala Brown came face to face with convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp for the first time since his 2016 arrest.

Brown was chained up inside the shipping container hidden by dense woods on Kohlhepp's sprawling 95-acre South Carolina ranch after 65 days. 

Brown was found chained up inside the shipping container, hidden by dense woods on Kohlhepp's 95-acre South Carolina ranch on Nov. 3, 2016. Police used bolt cutters to free her.

Her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, was fatally shot by Kohlhepp. His body was found buried on the property.

Kohlhepp later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms.

Brown has filed a civil suit for $363 million. After she testified about her ordeal, the convicted murderer was given the chance to cross examine his victim.

The killer could not bring himself to look at the victim after his council was given a chance to cross-examine her. 

Outside court, Brown thanked the officers who came to her rescue.

“Mostly I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the prayers and all the work you put into looking for me. If it wasn't for everyone out there, I don't think I would be here today," she said. 

Kohlhepp is also being sued by the families of five of his other victims. At one time, he had $1 million in assets. But as one victim put it, no amount of money can make up for their loss.


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