Alex Murdaugh roadside crime scene looked like ‘set-up’, 911 caller told dispatcher

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A caller from a passing car saw South Carolina attorney Alex Murdog covered in blood and begging for help on the side of a rural road, telling a 911 dispatcher not to pull over because the scene was staged .

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“We are on Salkehachi Road and there is a man on the side of the road with blood all around him and waving his hand. He’s fine – he looks fine. But it looks like a set-up so we didn’t stop,” one woman said in the 911 calls issued Friday by the South Carolina law enforcement department from the Sept. 4 incident.

Mr Murdoff, 53, is a “descendant” of a South Carolina legal family that has “ruled the criminal justice system in five boggy counties for 86 years over three generations,” longtime area journalist and editor David Lauderdale told Saturday. was written in the column. Island Packet / Beaufort Gazette.

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But the Murdoff family is now as well known for death and intrigue as it is for its storied Southern past—amidst repeated headlining tragedies in recent years that wouldn’t be out of place in Faulkner’s plot.

Mr Murdog’s bloody appearance on the side of the road last month was the latest in a string of bizarre and violent incidents involving his family. Apart from the suspicious phone call by a passerby, which did not go ahead, the lawyer himself called the authorities and explained in detail how he was strangely attacked.

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“I stopped, I got a flat tire, and I stopped and someone stopped to help me,” Mr. Murdoff says on the tape. “And when I turned my back, they tried to shoot me.”

He says he’s “fine” but “can’t drive” and “is having trouble seeing and I’m bleeding profusely…somewhere on my head.”

When asked about his attacker, he told the dispatcher that it was a “white fellow” who was “much shorter than me” with “really short hair”.

This was a far cry from his first interaction with the police.

In 2018, the family’s homeowner, Gloria Satterfield, died after allegedly tripping over Murdoff dogs at the wealthy clan’s home. The following year, Mr Murdoff’s son, Paul, was charged with an under the influence boating accident that killed a 19-year-old girl and injured at least two others.

Little Murdoff was awaiting trial in June 2021 when he and his mother, 52-year-old Maggie, were shot and killed outside the Colton County estate.

Alex Murdoff – Paul’s father and Maggie’s husband – reportedly found the bodies. Fast-forward three months, and then He A fictional story with bloody and waving strangers on a country road.

It turns out Mr Murdoff – who comes from generations of prosecutors – has a longstanding opioid addiction, he and his legal team told officials. He was booked for treatment and, while he continues to deny involvement in the deaths of his wife and son, faces several other serious charges.

Some of them have even more surprising explanations from eminent lawyers.

He admitted before the authorities that he tried to arrange for his death to pay lakhs in life insurance amount to his surviving son. To do this, he says, he enlisted the help of a friend, Eddie Smith—who refused to shoot Mr. Murdog and supply him with drugs on the day of a September roadside spectacle.

Last week, a judge refused Mr Murdoff’s bond because his “considerable resources and mental instability are too risky for now to allow him to await trial outside prison, as he did for his housekeeper’s sons.” $3.4 million in insurance money was stolen,” the AP reported.

The lawyer reportedly pocketed money set aside for Ms Satterfield’s children, but her former law firm – founded by her great-grandfather – has also accused her of possibly stealing millions of dollars.

The Associated Press wrote after Tuesday’s hearing that “prosecutors indicated … that Murdaugh has transferred all of his cases to his surviving son and sold a boat and property in Beaufort County in recent weeks, which they said That it could be an attempt to hide money from at least three ongoing litigations.

“Among all other cases, state police are investigating whether Murdaugh had links to the 2015 hit-and-run death and whether he or other family members were involved in the investigation of a boat accident involving Paul Murdog. In which a 19-year-old woman was killed in 2019,” the AP reported.

Journalist Lauderdale wrote in his column on Saturday that “Murdow’s madness is like a familiar old South Carolina Lowcountry scene.

“You come into the kitchen in the middle of the night, flip on the light, and the hissing palmetto worms scream for cover of darkness.

“Suddenly, the eyes of the world are focused 24/7 on a long string of sensational horrors – a fatal boat accident, a double murder, a so-called failed suicide, an alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars, two suspected deaths,” he wrote, arguing that Giving that “South Carolina’s flawed version of justice” and classism were being unveiled by the ugly underbelly of an established, well-heeled family.

Mr Lauderdale’s column concluded by noting that South Carolina officials “were now conducting six investigations into Murdoff’s madness.

“Whatever they find will be handed over to the prosecutors, lawyers and judges of the well-to-do. Will be patted on the back. Wrists will be slapped.

“But SLED chief Mark Keel recently said that his agency will continue to ‘work tirelessly on behalf of those who were victimized by Alex Murdog’… Now that the lights are on, we will see. “

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Alex Murdaugh

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