Today’s teaser lede
by Jonathan Kaufman
Little did readers of real-estate brochures know, etc.
Todd Christopher Kohlhepp was a polished Realtor who ran his own successful South Carolina real estate firm upstate. In a company brochure, Kohlhepp portrayed himself as a tech-savvy professional committed to helping people buy and sell homes in Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
“At Todd Kohlhepp & Associates we feel that it’s important for our clients to know a little more about who’s working for them besides a name and number,” read the first part of his bio.
Beneath it was a picture of Kohlhepp dressed in a pinstripe suit, smiling broadly, next to a list of his business qualifications. He boasted that he was a licensed pilot and that his company had “One Focus … Results!”
But all of that omitted disturbing details about the 45-year-old’s past criminal history and why he was a registered sex offender.