Alex Murdaugh, a former South Carolina lawyer, was found guilty of the murders of his wife Maggie, and son Paul last week and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. (Despite the fact that South Carolina is technically a death penalty state, the death penalty was never considered in this case. The most recent execution occurred in 2011.)
True crime fans everywhere — and those who are just curious about the truly bizarre series of events that occurred from 2015 to 2021 — tuned in to both the double homicide trial and the three-part Netflix docuseries, appropriately titled Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal — to learn all about this bizarre case.
Another Murdaugh family member is making headlines right now: Alex’s older brother, Randy Murdaugh.
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Randy is still processing what happened to his family, first with the deaths of his sister-in-law and nephew, and now with the conviction of his younger brother for their murders, according to a new interview with The New York Times.
Randy and Alex appeared to be on the same path from the time they were born until Alex’s world began to unravel; both brothers went to law school and later became partners at their family’s law firm, which their great-grandfather founded.
“Randy Murdaugh said he had no doubt that he was a serial liar and thief,” the Times reported. He also stated that he believed Alex had not told the whole truth about the killings.”
Randy is still unsure whether Alex committed the murders himself. “He knows more than he’s saying,” Randy told the publication.
“In my opinion, he’s not telling the truth about everything there.” Randy was not called to testify during the trial, unlike Alex’s younger brother and surviving son, John Marvin Murdaugh and Buster Murdaugh.
Despite the fact that there was a verdict and not a hung jury in this horrifying case, Randy and the rest of the Murdaugh family are still dealing with “the not knowing,” which Randy describes as “the worst thing there is.”
Sandy Smith, Stephen Smith’s mother, and his family and friends presumably feel the same way about Stephen’s mysterious death in 2015, which has been loosely linked to the Murdaugh family, primarily through Buster Murdaugh. According to People, the 19-year-death old’s “remains a mystery to this day.”
Furthermore, the loved ones of longtime Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield are grappling with the unknown. The 57-year-old mother of two allegedly tripped over the Murdaughs’ dogs and fell down the stairs, dying in 2018 from her injuries.
WJCL reported her body would be exhumed in June 2022, but no further information about it, or if anything new about her death, has been released to the public as of this writing.
Despite the conclusion of the double murder trial, the survivors still have many unanswered questions. Randy is questioning whether he ever truly knew his brother.
He found out a few months after Maggie and Paul were murdered that Alex had allegedly been stealing from the law firm to support his painkiller addiction, which was mentioned during the trial.
Randy and another partner confronted Alex about the embezzlement, according to the Times. Randy “came to see his brother as a deeply flawed man and a liar” as a result of this and Alex’s botched suicide attempt, which Alex initially claimed was an attack by an unknown assailant. They haven’t spoken in almost a year.”
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We may never fully understand everything that occurred during the Murdaugh murders, such as the boat crash that killed Mallory Beach and is linked to the late Paul Murdaugh, how Stephen Smith died, or Gloria’s true cause of death. Randy, on the other hand, can only carry on with his life, raising his two daughters and working in his family’s law firm, even taking on clients his brother used to represent.