I've bee considering posting about this for awhile but its wildly off topic and there have been more questions than answers. Its come to the point that this story and family is just too crazy not to share. Its happening right now and will certainly be a documentary or Netflix mini series at some point so its interesting to follow and its local to where I live.
Background: The Murdaugh family has been the Solicitor of the 14th Circuit since the 1920's they're certainly one of the most quietly powerful families in South Carolina. In 2006 the family started their own law firm and hand picked their successor Duffy Stone. The main players in the family today are Alex Murdaugh , Maggie Murdaugh (Alex's wife), Paul (younger son) and Buster (older son). They stayed pretty much out of the headlines until 2019 when underaged Paul drunk driving crashed a boat into a bridge killing a passenger on board, Mallory. Then everything from the past starts to unravel.
2015: Steven Smith's body is found in the middle of a road. The police initially rule it a hit and run with almost no evidence that a car struck his body. Highway patrol opens a murder investigation. Buster and Paul are mentioned as likely suspects in many interviews but charges are never filed. His death is ruled
accidental murder case closed as unsolved.
2018: Gloria Satterfield, the families house keeper, dies in the Murdaugh house. They claim she tripped and fell, many stories suggest that Paul pushed her killing her. The Murdaugh's pay out a wrongful death suit but no investigation or charges come of this death.
2019: Paul crashes the boat. Their first call after the crash was to Paul's grandfather. All police statements claim that Paul was extremely intoxicated but he was never given and sobriety tests. Initially it looks like the whole investigation is going to fall flat but after a lot of public outcry charges are finally filed against Paul.
2020: Paul's arraigned after spending 0 days in jail.
2021: Paul's trial is weeks away. He is found dead via a shotgun shot next to his mother Maggie who is dead with apparent rifle wounds. Both found on their hunting property by the father/husband Alex.
Last week: Alex is shot in the head while changing a tire. He's treated at the hospital for superficial gunshot wounds and released the same day. It comes out that he's been embezzling money from his law firm, he resigns and states he's checking into rehab for drug addiction.
Today: Arrest warrants are released. A 61 year old man and friend of Alex is arrested on assisted suicide and insurance fraud charges after the police investigation finds that Alex's own knife stabbed his tire and he admits that he was going to have himself killed so Buster gets the $10M life insurance policy.
Steven Smith's death investigation has been reopened by SLED. SLED is investigating where the $1M Alex took from the law has gone. SLED = South Carolina Law Enforcement Division basically state investigators.
So this is a pretty long TL;DR but its a wild story of coverup and power all coming apart. If you want more detail I highly suggest using FITSNews they've broken just about every part of this story: https://www.fitsnews.com/?s=Murdaugh+Murders they also have a podcast called Murdaugh Murders that is well worth the listen (the ladies voice is annoying but you get used to it)