Believe it or not, Alesha’s podcast pick this week is a true crime podcast filled with conspiracy, corruption, and lots of murder. Multiple suspicious deaths in the Murdaugh family as well as a recent stint in the news has reinvigorated the “Murdaugh Murders Podcast.”
Host Mandy Matney of FITSNews.com has been investigating and reporting on the illustrious Murdaugh family of South Carolina since 2019, when a boat crash killed Mallory Beach. Paul Murdaugh, then 19 years old, was indicted on charges of boating under the influence (BUI) and causing Beach’s death as a result of the crash. Shockingly, just two years later, Paul and his mother would be shot to death outside of their home in Islandton, South Carolina.
That was June of 2021. “Murdaugh Murders Podcast” began just after the double homicide. The first episode, befittingly titled “South Carolina’s Chappaquiddick” explains who the Murdaugh’s are and the amount of power they hold in South Carolina. Since 1920, three members of the Murdaugh family have served as the defense attorneys in charge of prosecuting all criminal charges in the 14th circuit district. Locals call this district Murdaugh Country.
Founded in 1910 by Randolph Murdaugh Sr, Peters Murdaugh Parker Eltzroth & Detrick was a one man office. Every succeeding patriarch went on to run the solicitor’s office as well as the family’s private practice. So, to say the Murdaugh family had a chokehold on all legal happenings in their five-county district is an understatement.
“Murdaugh Murders Podcast” brings us through the history and influence of the prominent legal family. Because Mallory Beach, Maggie Murdaugh, and Paul Murdaugh are not the end of the Murdaugh’s murder list. In 2015, Stephen Smith, a high school classmate of the other Murdaugh son, Buster, was murdered on a road in Hampton County. The case went cold despite rumors of a cover-up involving the Murdaughs, but after Paul and Maggie’s death, the case was reopened in connection to the family.
A shocking turn of events
In the midst of this podcast’s recording, on September 3rd, Alex Murdaugh, father to Paul and wife to Maggie, was forced to resign from the Murdaugh Family law firm, after accusations of mishandling funds. One day later, he would be shot in the head while changing a tire on a back road.
Alex somehow lived, suffering only superficial wounds. The case, having captured media attention before, gripped the nation when Alex’s former client, Curtis Edward Smith, was arrested for having conspired with Alex to kill him in a roadside shooting so his living son, Buster, could receive a $10 million payout. On that same day, the division investigating this case announced they were reopening the case of the 2018 death of Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper who worked for the Murdaughs. Her death was reported as a trip and fall, but no coroner was notified of her death and no autopsy was performed. Her death certificate mysteriously says her cause of death was “natural causes.” Her sons have yet to receive any money from their $500,000 settlement.
“Murdaugh Murders Podcast” is following this very real, very raw case as it continues to play out. Mandy Matney takes us through everything we need to know about these connected cases, including court hearings and decisions as they come forward.