Shortly after the conviction of lawyer Alex Murdaugh on charges he murdered his wife and son, renewed scrutiny is focused on other possible Murdaugh murders.
Three individuals have died on or near Murdaugh’s property since 2015 and their relatives hope investigators will give their cases another look.
Murdaugh insisted before his sentencing he would never ”hurt” his family. The convicted murderer was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for fatally shooting Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, at the Murdaugh estate June 7, 2021.
Not much can be meaningfully added to the former wealthy lawyer’s sentence. Families of the three other deceased members’ deaths, which some of them attribute to Murdaugh, would provide some measure of closure, though.
Stephen Smith, 19, was found deceased close to the 1,700-acre South Carolina property where Murdaugh’s wife and son were gunned down last June. Smith’s body was discovered July 8, 2015, on Sandy Run Road, near Crocketville, according to a Bluffton Today report.
The report noted the Hampton County coroner stated Smith’s death resulted from being struck by the mirror of a large truck. Smith’s mother reportedly does not believe or accept that conclusion, according to the report.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me. He was struck in the head by a truck mirror? I just can’t see that happening, he would have got out of the way. The reports state that he was walking in the middle of the road and was found 2.7 miles away from his car,” declared Sandy Smith, his mother. “The way his body was laying in the road, with his arm dislocated and bent back behind his body, I just don’t believe that he was struck by the mirror of a vehicle.”
Smith further noted the absence of broken glass she said should have been on the road if a mirror hit her son hard enough to kill him.
Another death that may get a second look by investigators is that of Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield. She allegedly got tangled up with the family dogs, tripped and fell, which landed her in a hospital where she lay in coma for three weeks before her February 8, 2018, death, according to a New York Post report.
Finally, the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach by an allegedly impaired Paul Murdaugh in February 2019 may receive further attention. The young lady was reportedly ejected from a boat driven by the younger Murdaugh after he slammed into a piling of the Archers Creek Bridge around 2:20 a.m., according to the Post report.
The convicted lawyer’s 22-year-old son was facing three felony charges when his father fatally shot him last year. In addition to a charge of causing death and bodily injury for Beach’s death, he was charged with two counts of boating under the influence, the report noted.
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