MOORE, S.C. – They were poking fun at Todd Kohlhepp, but he wasn’t enjoying the joke.
Kohlhepp had traveled to Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee, South Carolina, and spoke with the shop owner and another employee.
“He wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle and they laughed at him when he fell over on the bike,” said Kohlhepp’s mother, Regina Kohlhepp. “You know, this is all why people tell kids not to bully. This is what can happen.”
What happened was the November 2003 killing of four employees — including the owner — at the motorcycle shop.
Kohlhepp, who authorities say may be responsible for seven killings, confessed to the quadruple homicide and he’s been charged in the cold case.
“Todd was bullied and embarrassed and I think he just held it in long enough,” his mother said.
The bodies of the shop victims — Ponder, along with his mother, Beverly Guy, and service manager Brian Lucas and employee Chris Sherbert — were found inside the business.
Authorities also have found three bodies on Kohlhepp’s property near Woodruff. They first went on November 3 to search for Kala Brown, 30, who had been missing since August with her boyfriend.
Investigators found her chained by the ankle and neck and screaming for help inside a shipping container.