WARNING: This post includes graphic details and footage, which may be triggering for some readers.
It’s dark and the space is small. There’s a mattress on the floor and, on the mattress, there’s a woman with a chain around her neck and ankles.
It’s November 2016 and a group of police officers have just used a crow bar to break into a shipping container in the backyard of the rural property of South Carolina serial killer Todd Kohlhepp.
The woman chained up is 30-year-old Kala Brown, also from South Carolina, who had been reported missing two months earlier.
Now, prosecutors have released footage of her rescue.
The video shows police officers find Brown, reassure her of her safety, and arrange a bolt cutter to break the chains on her neck and feet. “My neck’s attached to the wall up here,” Brown can be heard telling the officers.
She is then asked about her boyfriend – 32-year-old David ‘Charlie’ Carver – who was reported missing with her.
“He shot him,” Brown told officers, referring to her kidnapper and the man who had raped her twice a day for the past two months, Todd Kohlhepp, 46.