Serial killer's girlfriend says she had no idea that her partner of 10 years was a murderer
They say that you can never truly know a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes, but you would think that spending 10 years in a relationship with them would be equivalent to that, at least. After all those shared meals, detailed conversations, and intimate moments, you'd expect to at least have a basic idea about somebody's character.
However, it transpires that this is not always the case.
Holly Eudy, a South Carolina resident, was shocked to find out last year that the man she'd been with for a decade was actually a serial killer. Todd Kohlhepp, a real estate broker, had managed to keep his horrific crimes a secret from Eudy (and everybody else) until one of his victims was discovered alive in a shipping container in 2016.
Now, nearly six months after his conviction, she's spoken out about their relationship.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Eudy said: "I knew there was something that didn’t sit right with me about him, but I couldn’t really put my finger on it." She described his murderous actions as "disgusting" and "sickening", but explained that she maintained a 10-year relationship with him because he gave her "a lot of attention," and made her feel "important".
In the time that they were together, Kohlhepp killed three people - Johnny and Megan Coxie, a married couple in their twenties, and Charlie Carver, whose girlfriend Kala Brown survived the ordeal and eventually led to Kohlhepp arrest.
In both instances, Kohlhepp had attacked the couples and buried their bodies on his 95-acre property. In the case of Carver and Brown, though, Kohlhepp had killed the man instantly after the couple went to his property to do some cleaning work. Brown, however, was kept alive in a shipping container by the murderer, who visited regularly to feed and rape her.
Fortunately, she was discovered three months later by police officers who were visiting the site on an unrelated incident. Since then, the 30-year-old has spoken publicly with Dr. Phil about her ordeal. Details that Kohlhepp disclosed to Brown, such as "how many people he had killed, and how good he was at it", eventually led to his conviction.
Even before Eudy and Kohlhepp were together, the real estate broker had murdered four people in a motorcycle shop in 2003: a crime that went unsolved until the gruesome discoveries made last year. He shot dead the victims, aged between 26 and 52, after the manager of the store "made him angry".
As if that wasn't chilling enough, it appears that Kohlhepp was also intent on murdering Eudy at some point, as footage of Brown's rescue shows her saying, "Some girl named Holly, he’s supposedly planning to kill." Apparently, their ten years together meant absolutely nothing to sociopath, and Eudy was just another victim to him.
Astoundingly, Kohlhepp avoided the death penalty in May 2017 after pleading guilty to the murders of seven people, as well as sexual assault against Kala Brown. Instead, he was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 60 years without the chance of parole.