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Sun Sep 5, 2021, 09:52 AM

Wealthy scion of SC political dynasty shot in head

Has anyone else been following this story?
Alex Murdaugh, the wealthy head of a legal and political dynasty that has ruled over a poor rural South Carolina county for over a century, the other day was shot in the head on a lonely country road while changing a tire. His wife and son were both murdered in June inside their hunting lodge. The son had been involved in a boating accident that resulted in the death of a young girl some time before.
Murdaugh will survive. No arrests but a county full of suspects.
All straight out of Grisham or Faulkner or something.

https://nypost.com/2021/09/04/alex-murdaugh-reportedly-shot-in-south-carolina/

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Reply Wealthy scion of SC political dynasty shot in head (Original post)
Tomconroy Sep 5 OP
Jilly_in_VA Sep 5 #1
Tomconroy Sep 5 #8
Chin music Sep 5 #10
Kittycatkat Sep 5 #13
Dream Girl Sep 5 #12
Jilly_in_VA Sep 5 #14
mahatmakanejeeves Sep 5 #22
Tomconroy Sep 5 #24
Firestorm49 Sep 5 #2
Tomconroy Sep 5 #5
secondwind Sep 5 #3
XanaDUer2 Sep 5 #4
dalton99a Sep 5 #6
XanaDUer2 Sep 5 #7
pwb Sep 5 #9
Tomconroy Sep 5 #11
Jilly_in_VA Sep 5 #15
Tomconroy Sep 5 #18
PatSeg Sep 5 #21
whathehell Sep 5 #20
Tomconroy Sep 5 #26
whathehell Sep 5 #27
pwb Sep 5 #32
Tomconroy Sep 5 #33
pwb Sep 5 #34
mahatmakanejeeves Sep 5 #16
Tomconroy Sep 5 #31
DFW Sep 5 #17
PatSeg Sep 5 #19
Tomconroy Sep 5 #23
dalton99a Sep 5 #25
BComplex Sep 5 #28
Treefrog Sep 5 #30
Treefrog Sep 5 #29

Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 09:58 AM

1. I have

Genuine Southern Fried True Crime. I have my theories about this whole family and they aren't nice at all.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:09 AM

8. Don't leave us hanging! What are the theories?

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Response to Chin music (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:23 AM

13. yes, they took care of things Gotti style

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:17 AM

12. Do tell!

 

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:27 AM

14. Well

There are two. One is obvious---the family of one of the kids who was killed did it. I mean, that one is so obvious nobody will do anything about it.

The other is that the surviving son did it. He wants to get rid of everyone so he can get his hands on the money, and maybe get free of the bullying. Maybe not so obvious, but it might make sense. Unfortunately, Daddy is too hard-headed and might survive after all.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:48 AM

22. If only Truman Capote were still alive. He could turn this into a book. NT

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #22)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:59 AM

24. You have to think there are going to be a lot of books!.I just

Told my wife to write the novel.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:04 AM

2. I'm just curious about the prior murders. Did Murdaugh's kid get a lenient sentence

because of his legacy?

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Response to Firestorm49 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:05 AM

5. He was awaiting trial.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:04 AM

3. Stranger than fiction................

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:04 AM

4. Me nt

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:07 AM

6. Sounds like Ken McElroy redux

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:08 AM

7. Democratic family

the plot thickens...

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:11 AM

9. This is from a Murdoch rag.

Last edited Sun Sep 5, 2021, 01:17 PM - Edit history (1)

Looking for sympathy for the powerful?

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Response to pwb (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:16 AM

11. You can't be near the City and not sometimes look at The Post!

(You probably don't like Whit Stillman movies either.)

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:39 AM

18. Be sure to click on the link about the girl's death in the

Daily Beast story. It just gets more .... I don't know what to say.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #15)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:43 AM

21. And the New York Times

Lawyer Is Shot Months After Unsolved Killing of His Wife and Son

For nearly three months, the question of who killed the wife and son of Alex Murdaugh, a prominent lawyer in rural South Carolina, has gripped the state’s Lowcountry region as harrowing details of the crime emerged but the police made no arrests.

On Saturday, the mystery deepened further when Mr. Murdaugh himself was shot in the head while changing a tire on the side of the road, according to his lawyer, Jim Griffin, who said Mr. Murdaugh was conscious and able to speak on the telephone from his hospital bed.

Mr. Murdaugh told one of his brothers from the hospital that he had pulled over to change the tire when someone in a truck drove past him, then drove back around and shot him, Mr. Griffin said.

Tommy Crosby, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the police agency that is investigating the original double killing, confirmed that Mr. Murdaugh had been shot in Hampton County, a rural county that borders Georgia, but said he could provide no more details.


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/04/us/Alex-Murdaugh-shot-south-carolina.html

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Response to pwb (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:42 AM

20. Did you mean Murdoch "rag"?

The word "rage" in this context makes no sense.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #20)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:11 AM

26. He was filled with rag when he wrote the word 'rage'.

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:23 AM

27. Lol

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 01:19 PM

32. Hey, Your a funny guy.

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Response to pwb (Reply #32)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 01:23 PM

33. You are too. (And it's 'you're').

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Response to Tomconroy (Reply #33)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 01:26 PM

34. We are lucky to have your.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:37 AM

16. No, I have not been following this curious story. Here is the local take on the affair.

Murdaugh father shot in Hampton County, airlifted to Charleston hospital, attorney says

By Steve Garrison sgarrison@postandcourier.com 16 hrs ago



Alex Murdaugh, patriarch of the Murdaugh family, was shot and wounded Sept. 4 in Hampton County. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

awhitaker@postandcourier.com

Alex Murdaugh, whose wife and son were gunned down nearly three months ago in an unsolved case that has received international attention, has been shot and wounded in Hampton County. ... Alex Murdaugh was shot in the head Sept. 4 while changing a tire in Hampton County, according to his attorney, Jim Griffin of the Griffin Davis firm in Columbia. ... Griffin said the shots were fired from a truck that had passed Murdaugh on the road and circled back as he was working on his vehicle.

{snip}

Griffin said the State Law Enforcement Division, which is investigating the slayings of Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son, has been to the scene of the shooting and to the hospital. ... Tommy Crosby, spokesman for the agency, said the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office has requested the agency investigate a shooting in Hampton County. He would not confirm that Alex Murdaugh was the victim.

{snip}

Alex Murdaugh’s law firm, PMPED Law Firm, which was founded by Randolph Murdaugh in 1910, issued a statement to The Post and Courier stating it would not have a comment on Sept. 4. ... In addition to the law firm, three generations of Murdaughs served as the region’s top prosecutor, an office they collectively held for more than eight decades.

Alex Murdaugh called 911 the night of June 7 after finding his wife, Maggie, 52, and son, Paul, 22, dead from multiple gunshot wounds near a kennel outside the family’s residence at 4147 Moselle Road. ... No one has been arrested in the crime, despite the Murdaugh family offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. It was unclear Sept. 4 whether Alex Murdaugh’s shooting was related.

{snip}

Glenn Smith and Jamie Lovegrove in Charleston and in Columbia contributed to this report.

Reach Steve Garrison 843-607-1052. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT.

MORE INFORMATION

Law enforcement missteps in Paul Murdaugh boat crash case captured in new recordings

Steve Garrison
Steve Garrison covers breaking news and public safety. He’s a native of Chicago who previously covered courts and crime in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Indiana. He studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Missouri.

And, because some DUers love that Fox News so much, here is a link to their account:

South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh shot months after wife and son were killed in unsolved case

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #16)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:50 AM

31. OMG. Read the link about police missteps.

The kid tried to toss his phone at the scene of the boating accident. The police saw him do it and never seized it.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:39 AM

17. I saw the headline

But I had never heard of the family before then.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:40 AM

19. What a bizarre story

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 10:55 AM

23. I looked up Hampton County on the map.. It's a bit west of Charleston

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:03 AM

25. "They are the law around here"

https://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article251970618.html
No vigil, no memorials: An unsettled SC town reacts quietly to Murdaugh shootings
By Katherine Kokal and Lucas Smolcic Larson
Updated September 04, 2021 04:06 PM

...

In 2019, a marine crash near Beaufort claimed the life of 19-year-old Mallory Beach. Paul Murdaugh was indicted on three felony charges related to boating under the influence during the crash. He pleaded not guilty and those charges and two lawsuits related to the crash were unresolved prior to Murdaugh’s death.

A lag between the time of the crash and the charges against Murdaugh, as well as the fact that Murdaugh was allowed to remain free and travel in-state while the case was pending, roiled residents who wanted justice. It raised tough questions about power, fairness and accountability.

That’s a lot for a little town of about 2,500 people where people know each other’s birthdays and upcoming medical procedures, so when Tuesday’s news of the double homicide started making the rounds, residents seemed unsure what to say, or whether they should say anything at all about a family that looms so large.

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The law offices of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick at 101 Mulberry Street in Hampton were quiet Tuesday as clients shuffled in and out. A receptionist declined to comment on the recent shooting deaths of two members of the Murdaugh family and said the firm would not release a statement on the incident. Katherine Kokal The Island Packet


Paul Terry Murdaugh prepares to leave the Beaufort County Courthouse in 2019 after having his bond modified for the three felony charges he faced for the Feb. 24 boat crash which killed Mallory Beach. Murdaugh’s defense attorney Jim Griffin asked judge Michael G. Nettles to allow Murdaugh to travel within the state. Nettles ruled that Murdaugh may travel within the state with no other modifications. The state had asked for GPS monitoring as well as alcohol monitoring which was not a condition set by Nettles. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:23 AM

28. The Murdoch family are DEMOCRATS!!!! In South Carolina!!!

So the confederates are now killing democrats. This is definitely war.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #28)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:27 AM

30. I doubt this has a damn thing to do with politics.

And the son who was killed was a clear case of “affluenza”, he was going to get away with his bad actions as he had in the past.

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Response to Tomconroy (Original post)

Sun Sep 5, 2021, 11:24 AM

29. Yeah, this is pure southern gothic.

I hope the other son has relocated!

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