Story of Alex Murdaugh: the macabre and greedy lawyer who staged his own death

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Alex Murdaugh, a greedy and macabre personal injury lawyer, comes from a family of lawyers. His father and grandfathers served as prosecutors for a five-county district while running a powerful private law firm for a century.

Alex Murdaugh was arrested in September 2021 for staging his death and more. He spoke publicly for the first time during his bail hearing in December 2021. So what did he do with it all? Read on to learn the story of a real-life villain who hid behind the veil of the legal system.

Who is Alex Murdaugh?

Alex Murdaugh comes from a prominent legal family in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The family founded a nationally influential civil litigation law firm in Hampton, South Carolina. From 1920 to 2006, three members of this family served as attorneys (i.e. district attorneys), responsible for prosecuting all criminal cases in the state’s 14th Circuit District for the five-county district” Murdaugh Country”.

Alex Murdaugh, aka Richard Alexander, graduated from USC in 1990 and USC School of Law in 1994, and soon joined the Murdaugh family firm while volunteering part-time in the attorney’s office at 14th circuit. He married Margaret Kennedy Branstetter (called Maggie) and had two sons, Richard Alexander Jr. (Buster) and Paul Terry.

Today, Alex Murdaugh is imprisoned in a maximum-security prison cell in Columbia, South Carolina, where he faced 53 charges for a false shooting attempt and defrauding his client. According to the latest sources, Murdaugh could be sentenced to 508 years in prison if convicted on all counts. So what exactly did he do? Well, that’s a story to tell.

What did Alex Murdaugh do?

In June 2021, Alex’s wife Margaret aka Maggie (52) and son Paul (22) were found murdered near their home. The mystery of their deaths still hangs over Alex, who is a person of interest. However, he denies any involvement in said crime.

At the time of his death, Alex’s son Paul was also facing criminal charges stemming from a 2019 incident in which authorities revealed he had caused a boating accident while intoxicated. who had caused the death of a woman. Not only that, but Mr Murdaugh was also shot in early September, a day after he resigned from his family business.

Margaret, Paul and Alex Murdaugh

The controversial lawyer was arrested in September after he ordered his former client Curtis Smith to shoot him in the head in an attempt to let his son collect a $10million life insurance policy. He staged his death just days after Paul and Maggie died.

Not only that, but he began facing several other legal charges soon after the shooting, including charges of money laundering and defrauding millions of customers and associates.

Alex opened up for the first time…

Alex Murdaugh spoke publicly for the first time at his bail hearing on December 13, 2021. He said: “I made a terrible decision that I regret and frankly I’m embarrassed. I’m not in this place now. My head is straighter, I’m thinking more clearly than I have in a long, long time. I want to deal with these accusations appropriately and frontally.

He added, “I want to repair as much of the damage I have caused as possible. I want to repair as many relationships as possible. Here is a list of all charges against Alex Murdaugh:

Source: South Carolina Attorney General’s Office

Not only that, but Alex’s license was suspended and remained a named party in six related lawsuits and at the center of at least seven investigations, one led by the FBI and another exploring possible links to a program. of drug trafficking in the United States which was prosecuted by present-day South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster.

As of January 2021, Murdaugh faces 71 charges of robbing nearly $8.5 million in wrongful death and shipwreck from more than a dozen people after a new round of indictments. Jhe 23 new charges issued by the state grand jury covered new victims but similar schemes.

The current status

Murdaugh was indicted by the South Carolina state grand jury in November 2021, December 2021, January 2022 and March 2022 on 75 counts, including breach of trust with fraudulent intent, money laundering, computer crimes , counterfeiting, obtaining goods by false pretences and criminal conspiracy. .

Gloria Satterfield

In March 2022, attorneys filed a judgment confession in Hampton County, admitting liability for Alex in relation to the claims regarding Gloria Satterfield’s estate and agreeing not to contest the claims in civil court. Satterfield died in February 2018 following what was reported to be a travel and fall accident at Murdaugh’s home in Colleton County, Moselle.

Murdaugh faces criminal charges and a civil suit for the reason that he, in his capacity as a Hampton County attorney, orchestrated a scheme to defraud the Satterfield heirs with insurance settlement funds. wrongful deaths. Murdaugh is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

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