Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, a new Netflix true crime documentary series, delves into the controversies surrounding the Murdaugh family, a dynasty of prosecutors in South Carolina, and the events that led up to the brutal deaths of matriarch Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh.
Maggie’s husband, Alex Murdaugh, is on trial for the murders of his wife and son, however, his other son, Buster Murdaugh, has spoken in his father’s defense.
Yet, even before Maggie and Paul were murdered in 2021, the family had been accused of illegal activities. Suspicions were cast on the Murdaughs after a boating accident that resulted in the death of Mallory Beach, whose relatives claimed that Paul’s drunkenness was to blame.
The murder of the Murdaughs’ maid Gloria Satterfield, as well as an unexplained hit-and-run involving one of Buster’s former friends, Stephen Smith, added to the cloud of suspicion that lingered over the family.
Although Alex Murdaugh maintains his innocence in court about the murder charges, backed up by Buster, the video also features interviews with various other family members, including Paul’s ex-girlfriend Morgan Doughty.
Morgan initially met Paul as a junior in high school, soon after moving to South Carolina with her parents from New York. They started dating, and Morgan details in Murdaugh Murders the mental and physical violence she endured throughout their relationship, including kicking, punching, choking, and verbally abusing her while he was drunk.
One such event occurred when Paul insisted on driving Morgan home while inebriated, causing him to smash his vehicle, which his family subsequently hushed up.
“I think our relationship was just something I really held to because when it was good, it was very fantastic,” she admits on the episode. “But, when things got bad, it became very terrible.”
Morgan goes on to say that she knew Mallory Beach, the youngster who died in the boating tragedy and that Mallory even attempted to warn her about Paul’s unpredictable drunken conduct.
Morgan’s family intervened and pushed Morgan to quit her relationship with Paul after Mallory’s death, which her family believes was caused by Paul driving the boat while inebriated.
What happened to Morgan Doughty?
Morgan has subsequently launched a lawsuit against the Murdaugh family. A creditor’s claim for $10 million in order to compensate her for the injuries and scars she incurred in the boating accident.
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While she appears in Murdaugh Murders to tell her tale, she has maintained a low profile in other media—though she is on social media and has uploaded a picture of the “M” tattoo she received in honour of Mallory.