Post by Scumhunter on Feb 11, 2016 10:33:08 GMT -5
Just a heads up that Crime Watch Daily will profile this case on their show today. Their Facebook post advertises as "how a DNA test and a baby reignited the investigation" so it seems there may be new clues today. (They also mention something about a DNA mix-up). Anyway, once Crime Watch Daily as usual uploads the case to their website I will post it.
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 11, 2016 15:24:35 GMT -5
Ok, airing still not on website but I'll provide the updates and then post the link whenever they upload it later. Very good airing, lots of details, although I do have one gripe.
Anyway, here's what was covered by Crime Watch Daily:
-A male and female were seen by the crime scene the day of the murders. They were later identified as drug junkies and an inmate told one family member that the two definitely were involved. The two have been indetified, however, they are being treated by police as witnesses, not suspects.
-The new mechnaic, Chris Sherbert, had possible drug connections and was supposed to go to court the following week. It's been theorized perhaps anyone fearing he may help the state with their evidence against anyone else could be a possible motive.
-Scott Ponder was the owner and Brian Lucas was the service manager. Scott was married to Melissa Ponder. One day, after police see Melissa changing her newborn baby's diaper at the station, they keep it and test it for DNA. They call Melissa in the next month, and tell her that Scott's not the father, Brian is. Melissa denied Brian could be the father, and wondered if she brought the wrong baby home.
Apparently police wondered if there could be a possible love triangle, in addition to everything else, Brian was searching for a home without his wife's knowledge the day of the homicides.
Finally, a year later, police tell Melissa there had been a mix-up and the blood was mislabeled. Scott was the father after all.
(This is where my one gripe comes in. Crime Watch Daily advertised as if this was going to be the key to solving the case, only to pretty much debunk the theory in the actual airing. I understand they have a theme of love crimes this month- but don't advertise "could a love triangle be the reason for murder"- knowing it's pretty much determined not to be a reason for murder). Sorry as I love the show- but since we're fans of crime shows we also discuss what we liked and didn't like- so I was kind of annoyed at that.)
A red car was seen nearby after the Greer triple homicide and a similar red car was seen near the Chesnee Quadruple homicide. In this case, the red car in the Greer homicides was identified as stolen by a man named Emerson Wright. Wright would commit suicide after a police chase in Georgia a few years later. For more info, see this link: www.goupstate.com/article/20070612/NEWS/706120356
This lead to the question, could Emerson Wright be the killer in either of the homicides?
Police don't think the two homicides are connected. The Superbike murders seemed more personal while the Greer murders seemed more of a robbery gone awry.
Scott Ponder's stepfather thinks the Superbike slayings were the result of a hired hit. Scott had attended a Suzuki convention in Las Vegas prior to his homicide and received numerous awards. It's his stepfather's theory that people threatened may have put a hit out...
Thoughts? It would be weird if Emerson Wright is the killer since he's black and all the sketches of possible suspects in the Chesnee slayings had been white. There's plenty of interesting possible theories all around though.
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If Kohlhepp was behind this, that would imply he committed a single-count murder, a double murder, and a quad murder. Does this make him a serial killer, or merely a generic repeat murderer?
I'm assuming by seven murders they're including the Chesnee Superbike victims. I guess if he killed that many people on separate occasions you can say he's a technical serial killer, just not in the traditional sense. I think what's most important now is getting justice rather than debating what classification of killer he is. And also getting the answers as to why this happened, although there never is a good reason why any innocent person is murdered.
Here's an article I was able to find with some of the new details
P.S. It was in the articles but should be stated here too Kohlhepp allegedly kept a woman chained in her house for months and then murdered her boyfriend in front of her- this is apparently what led to the chain of events that revealed him as a suspect.
I'm glad he's now caught but deeply saddened and horrified at how that had to happen.
Todd Kohlhepp's mother is claiming employees at the Superbike shop made fun of Kohlhepp and that's what lead to his rampage. And that's he's "not a monster."
Umm... yeah... even if that were true... you know what you don't do? Go on a rampage and kill everyone. I managed to survive 8 years of middle and high school being made fun of (ok only a few specific years were bad and others weren't but still) without shooting up my schools... and I wasn't even an adult yet.
If a business did that to me, I would just no longer patronize them and let everyone I know not to. And I realize many review sites like Yelp weren't around back then but the internet still was, I'm sure there must have been some outlet, a forum on motoroycles or whatever, for him to take his anger out verbally and not physically.
Then apparently Kohlepp's mother seemed to justify him killing one man for "being nasty and smart-mouthed" with him. Again, even if it were true....
Really sick of people defending monsters. I understand they're family members but still. Unless mental illness is involved, I have no sympathy whatsoever. I recently saw a memorial page for a dead young fugitive who murdered a young girl. Seriously? F him.
Part of me understands the mom might be in denial, and whether any of this is her fault or not, she's wrong. Kohlhepp is a monster based on his alleged confessions. A huge one.
Crime Watch Daily did a 2-part segment on the recovery of Kala Brown which lead to the solving of the Superbike case.
Apparently, the "bullying" is rumored to be just two employees playfully teasing Kohlhepp, who came in to a buy a new bike after his previous one was stolen, "if he was going to get this one stolen too."
They also say at the moment, there is nothing to suggest Kohlhepp is also responsible for the Greer bank robber triple murder.