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    Son (Paul Murdaugh, 22) of prominent legal family found murdered with mom (Maggie Murdaugh, 52)

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/12/son-of...murder-target/

    The son of a prominent South Carolina attorney found murdered on his family's property may have been the intended target of the shooting, which also left his mother dead, according to a local report.

    Investigators are probing the possibility that 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh ' who was facing trial in connection with the death of a teenage girl ' may have been the one marked in the attack, The Island Packet reported.

    The University of South Carolina student and his mom, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found shot to death Monday on their sprawling estate in the center of the state.

    Paul had been facing three felony counts of boating under the influence in connection with a 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

    Investigators have theorized that the killer or killers were gunning for him, and his mother was killed by happenstance, according to the Island Packet.

    It remains unclear if the shootings were related to the 2019 tragedy, the report said. No arrests have been made.

    Sources told the newspaper that Paul was shot at least twice with a shotgun, while Maggie was killed with what appears to be an assault rifle.

    The family is connected to one of South Carolina's most prestigious law firms.

    Alex Murdaugh, the husband and father of the victims, works at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick, which was founded by Randolph Murdaugh in 1910.

    Randolph Murdaugh III, 81, died just three days after the family tragedy, the law firm said.

    The late lawyer and his father and grandfather were all longtime elected prosecutors in the Beaufort community.

    The Beach family, which reportedly remains entangled in a civil suit against the Murdaugh family after the criminal case ended with Paul's death, issued a statement of solidarity.

    'Having suffered the devastating loss of their own daughter, the family prays that the Murdaughs can find some level of peace from this tragic loss. They would like the family and the community to know that their thoughts and continued prayers are with the Murdaughs,' the family said in a statement to WTOC 11.

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    Their last name is "Murder"

    Someone wouldn't have been able to get justice because his family would have been able to get him off. So they found another way.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    That is too pretty to be shoved up an ass.

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    The article Trouble posted above is interesting. I need to delve into this more when I have time.

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    Law Enforcement Sources: Alex Murdaugh ‘Person Of Interest’ In South Carolina Double Homicide Investigation

    Sources familiar with the investigation of a brutal double homicide in rural Colleton county, South Carolina say that a family member of the victims is a “person of interest” in their ongoing inquiries. However, they stopped short of calling this person a suspect in the case.

    R. Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh – who discovered the bodies of his wife Maggie Murdaugh and son Paul Murdaugh on Monday evening (June 7, 2021) at around 10:00 p.m. EDT – has nonetheless become a central focus of the probe into their deaths, law enforcement sources confirmed to me early Wednesday.

    Police declined to discuss any details related to their interest in Murdaugh, noting that the investigation is in its early stages.

    “Facts are fluid,” one source told me, adding that things could become considerably clearer “within the next forty-eight hours.”

    As of this writing, no one has been apprehended or charged in connection with this crime. Also, police have not provided any information to the public as to possible suspects. However, local and state law enforcement agencies have gone on the record in the aftermath of the savage slayings saying there is “no danger to the public.”

    Many have interpreted this declaration as an indication investigators know (or believe they know) who committed these shocking murders … which sparked a flood of speculation on Tuesday that had many South Carolinians comparing the saga to a John Grisham novel.

    The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) – which is leading the inquiry – declined to discuss the status of the investigation or its reported interest in Alex Murdaugh.

    “No additional information is available while we are conducting an active investigation,” SLED spokesman Tommy Crosby told me on Wednesday morning.

    A critical item to mention? Alex Murdaugh has reportedly provided investigators with an “ironclad” alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the shootings – which police believe took place sometime between 8:50 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. EDT on Monday evening. Also, his status as a “person of interest” is not all that surprising given that he is the one who discovered the bodies – and given his status as husband and father of the two victims.

    Still, sources familiar with the inquiry told me late Tuesday that there are “credible concerns” related to the timeline of the shootings. They are also probing what one source described as “possible manipulation of the crime scene” – although, again, they declined to provide any details regarding that facet of the inquiry.

    One cryptic detail was provided …

    “In our current age, technology makes it very difficult for people to hide their movements,” a law enforcement source familiar with the inquiry told me.

    Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and her son Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found dead by Alex Murdaugh on Monday night at the family’s 1,700-acre hunting lodge near Islandton, S.C., an unincorporated community located just north of Varnville, South Carolina.

    According to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the crime scene, Paul Murdaugh and Maggie Murdaugh were both killed “execution-style” by a yet-to-be-identified assailant(s) using “multiple firearms.” Police believe the killings were “clearly premeditated,” but have declined to discuss any details related to the victims and their wounds, the weapons and ammunition used in the commission of the crime or the timeline/ narrative of the slayings.
    https://www.fitsnews.com/2021/06/09/...investigation/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewitchingstorm View Post
    I didn't see that one coming ...

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/brothers-p...ry?id=78331487

    Brothers of prominent South Carolina family speak out after 2 relatives found dead-"We need help finding who did this."

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://abcnews.go.com/US/brothers-p...ry?id=78331487

    Brothers of prominent South Carolina family speak out after 2 relatives found dead-"We need help finding who did this."
    I don't know. It sounds like they are building their brother's defense. It could go either way ... husband/Dad or someone else. There were plenty of people who had grievances with the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by up2trouble View Post
    I don't know. It sounds like they are building their brother's defense. It could go either way ... husband/Dad or someone else. There were plenty of people who had grievances with the family.
    That's kind of what I was thinking too.

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    Family says Paul Murdaugh received death threats after fatal boating crash

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/cri...zfa-story.html

    In the aftermath of a boozy boating crash in 2019, Paul Murdaugh, who was arrested and charged in connection with the fatal incident, started getting death threats from strangers online. On June 7, both he and his mother were shot and killed on their sprawling 1,770-acre property in North Carolina.

    At the time of his death, Paul was awaiting trial on one count of boating under the influence (BUI) causing death and two counts of causing great bodily injury in connection with the February 2019 accident that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

    Paul’s uncle, John Marvin Murdaugh, told ABC News in an interview on “Good Morning America” that while Paul began receiving threats after the crash, no one believed them to be serious.

    “I didn’t think it was a credible threat,” he said. “If it was, I would have tried to do something or notify someone.”

    Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh, another uncle, in the same interview added that he did not know anyone who would wish to hurt the family members.

    “You hear all this talk on social media with regard to Paul but I don’t know of anybody who would truly be an enemy or truly want to harm them,” he said.

    “It’s just hard to imagine somebody can be so sick as to do this, intentionally kill people like that,” Randy said. “I mean, we see it in the world. We see it on the news. But you don’t think it’s going to happen in your small community, to your family.”

    Alex Murdaugh, a prominent South Carolina attorney, discovered the bodies of his wife, Margaret Murdaugh, and his 20-year-old son earlier this month near the outdoor dog kennels on the property, the Island Packet reported. More than a week later and the circumstances surrounding the double shooting remain murky.

    Police have not yet made any arrests, nor have they named any suspects or persons of interest at this time.

    “We need help finding who did this,” Randy said. “The person that did this is out there.”

    Anyone with information about the case should call the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division tip line at 803-896-2605.

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    South Carolina lawyer shot three months after wife, son gunned down

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime...own/ar-AAO6zSY

    South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was injured in a roadside shooting Saturday, nearly 12 weeks after his wife and son were fatally gunned down, authorities said.

    Tommy Crosby, spokesman for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, confirmed that Murdaugh had been shot in Hampton County.

    "SLED agents are actively investigating the incident," he said by email.

    The Island Packet first reported the shooting.

    Murdaugh had pulled his vehicle over with a flat tire when a pickup truck passed by, turned around, and approached him, said family friend and lawyer Jim Griffin. Then someone inside opened fire.

    Griffin said he spoke with Alex's brother, Randy, a South Carolina lawyer who works for the family affiliated firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick. He said Randy told him that Alex was able to make a phone call and continued to use his phone from his hospital bed in Charleston.

    The shooting comes after the bodies of Paul, 22, and his mother, Margaret, 52, were found on June 7 near dog kennels on family property in Colleton County. They had been shot to death.

    State investigators classified the case, which remains unsolved, as a double homicide.

    For more than 100 years, the Murdaugh family has practiced law in South Carolina, including serving as top prosecutors for a cluster of counties in an area known as the Lowcountry.

    Griffin said the latest shooting was "very disturbing."

    "It makes you wonder what the hell is going on," he said.

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    Somebody has a vendetta out for this family.

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    South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh ‘conscious and talking’ after being shot, three months after wife and son were killed

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...lmm-story.html

    The patriarch of a South Carolina family embroiled in scandal was shot in the head Saturday when he was pulled over on the side of the road, but is “conscious and talking.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Somebody has a vendetta out for this family.
    That was my first thought. My second thought was that he has a "very supportive family". His brothers were on TV after the murders saying it wasn't him. I'm wondering if this was a "planned" event. How often does someone open fire and shoots a person in the head and they can use their phone the entire time?

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    Murdaugh boat crash: Charges officially dropped against Paul Murdaugh

    https://www.blufftontoday.com/story/...ul/5538233001/

    Two months after his death, charges have been officially dismissed against Paul Murdaugh in connection with a fatal 2019 boat crash in Beaufort County.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...enter-n1278570

    South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh quits law firm, will enter rehab after shootings

    "The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life," Murdaugh said in a statement.

    "I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret," he said without elaborating, adding that he decided he needs to go to rehab "after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders."

    "I am immensely sorry to everyone I've hurt including my family, friends and colleagues," he said. "I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships."

    The statement, his first since he was shot along a rural road in Hampton County, is certain to feed the questions swirling around the mysterious circumstances of the fatal shootings of his wife, Margaret, 52, and their son Paul, 22.

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    South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was ‘pushed out’ of law firm over ‘misappropriated’ money, days before shooting: report

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...5jm-story.html

    Two days after he was shot in the head, Alex Murdaugh announced that he was resigning from his law firm and entering rehab. His law firm paints a different picture, one of a forced resignation and missing funds.

    Murdaugh, 53, was “pushed out” of Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth and Detrick Friday after his bosses confronted him about “misappropriated” money, the New York Times reported late Monday.

    The firm reportedly hired a forensic accounting company to investigate the missing money, although it’s unclear what first alerted them to the problem.

    The missing funds totaled “millions,” a source told the Times.

    The law firm has reported the findings to both the South Carolina Bar and the local police.

    A spokesperson for the firm did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News.

    On Monday, Murdaugh announced his resignation with few details and a statement that only raised more questions.

    “The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life,” he said.

    “I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret. I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated by these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”

    His attorney, Jim Griffin, later clarified to The State that Murdaugh was entering “a drug treatment center to care for his substance abuse.” Griffin did not return multiple emails from The News.

    The twist is just the latest in a messy saga for the prominent South Carolina family, which began unraveling when Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, were shot to death near the dog kennels on their property in June.

    No arrests have been made or suspects identified, but the murders have dredged up two previous scandals, the first a 2019 boating accident during which Paul crashed into a bridge, sending 19-year-old Mallory Beach overboard and killing her, and the second, a 2015 fatal hit-and-run that left 19-year-old Stephen Smith dead.

    Paul and his brother, Buster, were interviewed as persons of interest in Smith’s death, but the investigation never progressed.

    Charges against Paul for the boat crash were dropped after his death.

    On Saturday, Alex Murdaugh was pulled off on the side of a rural road to fix a tire when a pickup truck drove past him, turned around and someone inside shot him, according to police.. He suffered a “superficial” wound to his head.

    No suspects have been identified in this shooting either.

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    Dad is looking very shady at this point.

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    So he was stealing money to support his drug habit? Maybe he had a debt he couldn't pay off and his wife and son were killed.


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    Happy Birthday! I hid a dead body in your backyard to celebrate. Good luck finding it under the cement. You can only use a stick to look for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    So he was stealing money to support his drug habit? Maybe he had a debt he couldn't pay off and his wife and son were killed.
    Winner winner Taco dinner. That's what I think happened too.

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    Well, I didn't see this coming.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...daugh-n1279208

    South Carolina man charged with assisted suicide in shooting of Alex Murdaugh

    Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested in connection with the Sept. 4 shooting, which Murdaugh survived, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said in a statement.
    The state law enforcement division has said that Murdaugh suffered a "superficial" gunshot wound to the head.
    Smith was charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, the law enforcement division, SLED, said Tuesday night.

    It said that Smith, of Colleton County, was also arrested on charges of distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana and that additional charges were expected.

    Smith was being held in jail Tuesday night, officials said. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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    Assisted suicide? Hm...


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    So wait...he paid someone to shoot him/kill him and make it look like a random act of violence? Guess the last remaining son isn't suss after all. Seems like dad was trying to make sure he had some hefty insurance money to live off. Maybe he's the only one NOT involved in shady shit.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/15/us/mu...est/index.html

    Alex Murdaugh arranged for a man to kill him in a conspiracy to collect $10 million in life insurance for his son, authorities say

    Alex Murdaugh, 53, was shot in the head on September 4 but survived. He admitted to the fraud scheme on Monday, according to an affidavit to support charges against the alleged gunman, 61-year-old Curtis Edward Smith.

    Murdaugh, an attorney, is described as a co-defendant in the affidavit, though no charges have been announced against him.

    On NBC's "Today" on Wednesday, Murdaugh's attorney Dick Harpootlian acknowledged the scheme, saying his client was in a "massive depression" due to the deaths of his wife, son and elderly father, as well as his struggles with opioid addiction. Murdaugh contacted authorities to admit to the conspiracy, Harpootlian said.

    In a statement to CNN, attorneys Harpootlian and Jim Griffin said their client "is not without fault" but added "his life has been devastated by an opioid addiction."
    According to the affidavit, Murdaugh allegedly provided Smith, of Colleton County, with a firearm and told Smith to shoot him in the head. The purpose of the scheme was for Smith to kill Murdaugh so that his son could collect the life insurance payout, according to the affidavit.

    Smith admitted Tuesday to being present at the shooting of Murdaugh and to disposing of the firearm, the affidavit said.

    Smith has been charged with assisted suicide; conspiracy to commit insurance fraud; pointing and presenting a firearm; and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or SLED.

    Additional charges are expected in the case, SLED said. Smith has also been charged with the distribution of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, according to SLED.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/...ulate-80190053

    Lawsuits: Murdaugh used attorney friend to manipulate

    A South Carolina lawyer charged with trying to arrange his own death steered the family of a housekeeper who died in his home to use a longtime friend as their attorney without revealing their friendship and then tried to take a $4 million settlement, according to the family's lawyer.

    Alex Murdaugh also tried to convince a friend of his son to use the same lawyer again without revealing their friendship as investigators tried to sort out who was driving a boat in a 2019 fatal crash, according to a lawsuit filed this week. Murdugh's son would eventually be charged.
    Alex Murdaugh remains in out-of-state drug rehab, which he entered shortly before being charged with insurance fraud and filing a false police report for trying to arrange his own death Sept. 4 so his surviving son could collect his $10 million life insurance policy. Authorities said the shot from a hitman only grazed Murdaugh, leaving him able to call 911.

    This week's revelations surrounding Murdaugh involved two lawsuits that said he tried to manipulate the legal system — one to prevent his housekeeper's sons from collecting on her insurance policy and a second to try to prevent criminal trouble for his son in the boat crash.

    The Murdaugh's housekeeper and nanny, Gloria Satterfield, died in February 2018 after tripping over the family dog, a lawyer for the sons told media outlets.

    Murdaugh spoke to the sons at their mother's funeral and convinced them to hire Corey Fleming as their lawyer for a wrongful death settlement with his insurance company. But he did not tell them Fleming was a longtime friend, old college roommate and godfather to at least one of Murdaugh's sons.

    Murdaugh and Fleming arranged a $505,000 settlement in public records almost a year ago, which the sons have not seen a dime of, attorney Eric Bland said.

    But since filing the suit, Bland said he learned of a second $4.3 million settlement with a different insurer that was never revealed to Satterfield's son or placed into the public court docket.

    Bland said he is turning the information over to the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating Satterfield's death after a coroner said the accidental death was never reported to her office.

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