Kala Brown, the only known surviving victim of serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, is reacting to a new song from rap artist Eminem, who made an apparent reference to her in his new album.
The song titled “The Ringer” off the album “Kamikaze” includes the line “I’m off the chain like Kala Brown.”
The reference “was a clever line that rhymed and we’d like to leave it at that,” Brown’s spokeswoman, Jenny Dial, wrote in an email to The Greenville News.
Kala Brown walks past Todd Kohlhepp, the serial killer who held her captive in 2016. The hearing, on July 11, 2018, marks the first time that Kohlhepp and Brown will be in the same courtroom since Brown’s rescue on Nov. 3, 2016. JOSH MORGAN/STAFF
Dial said Brown took no offense by the apparent reference.
“Given we fully know and understand Eminem’s style of rap music, it can come off a little unnerving, but she does not want to take offense or feel as if he is attacking her personally,” Dial said.
Brown went missing from Anderson for two months before she was found chained up in a metal shipping container on Kohlhepp’s 96-acre property in Woodruff. Kohlhepp was arrested the same day Brown was found. He is now serving out seven life sentences in prison.
After Brown’s rescue, in an exclusive interview on the Dr. Phil show, she said she was raped “everyday, twice a day” while Kohlhepp tended to his property and bragged about the number of killings he had committed.
Three bodies were found buried on Kohlhepp’s property, including Charles David Carver, who was Brown’s boyfriend. While in custody, Kohlhepp admitted to killing four more people at a motorcycle store in Chesnee in 2003, a case that had gone on unsolved for 13 years, investigators said.
Dial said Eminem’s line may serve as a reminder to others of what took place when Brown was held captive.
“Everyone expresses themselves in their own way, and if anything, people will always feel a flash of Kala’s struggle when hearing that line,”‘ Dial said.