Why Did Alex Murdaugh Murder His Wife and Son? His Reason For Killing Them

The head of a well-known South Carolina family, Alex Murdaugh, appeared to have a devoted wife, two handsome boys, and a prosperous legal career. On June 7, 2021, his wife Maggie and youngest son Paul were shot to death on the Murdaugh family’s estate, shattering his ostensibly blissful façade.

The three-part Netflix documentary series Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal delves deeply into all the mysterious murders connected to Alex Murdaugh. What was Alex’s motivation for carrying out the horrible crime? Alex is currently on trial for the murders of Maggie and Paul.

Buster Murdaugh, Alex’s oldest son, was expelled from the University of South Carolina due to plagiarism, as episode 2 shows. Furthermore, one of the reasons Maggie Murdaugh started to realize that the expenses weren’t being paid was that Alex and Maggie’s marriage had grown tense.

Why Did Alex Murdaugh Murder His Wife and Son
Why Did Alex Murdaugh Murder His Wife and Son

Valerie Bauerlein, a journalist interviewed for the docuseries, alleged that Maggie spoke with a divorce lawyer and hired a forensic accountant to help with their debts.

Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019 after Paul, intoxicated at the time, drove his boat into a piling, adding to the tension. Paul had been charged for his involvement in Mallory Beach’s death. According to the documentary, Mallory was struck in the head with a blunt object before drowning.

Per CBS News, Paul had been charged with “boating under the influence resulting in the death of Mallory Beach and serious bodily injuries to two passengers.” He pled not guilty to all the charges, but was murdered before he could stand trial.

It was a difficult period for the Murdaughs. As was reported in the Netflix series, Alex was forced to retire after his great-law grandfather’s practice discovered that he had been embezzling money from the firm’s clients.

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The family of his late housekeeper Gloria Satterfield was one of those patrons. To acquire money for Gloria’s two sons, Alex sued himself for wrongful death in 2018 after Gloria allegedly slipped and fell on his property while she was working. Gloria’s family supposedly never received a penny from the death settlement; Alex ultimately took home nearly $4 million.

As Netflix Life stated, “Approximately one month before Gloria died on the Moselle property [the Murdaugh’s land], [Alex] took out commercial insurance and then allegedly collected more than $4.3 million from the insurance claim related to her death.”

In an interview for the documentary series, Satterfield family lawyers Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter stated-

“We have evidence that [Alex misappropriated money from other clients of the Murdaugh firm] many times predating [misappropriating money from the Satterfield family].”

Alex has been embezzling millions of dollars since 2015. They called the FBI during their inquiry, and Alex was detained in October 2021 for defrauding the Satterfield family of money. Remember that Alex’s wife and son were brutally murdered around four months before this. Alex was charged with their slayings in July 2022; his homicide trial started in January 2023 and is still ongoing as of this writing.

The murder trial’s prosecution contends that Alex killed his wife and son in an effort to “a desperate attempt to portray himself as a victim and cover up his wrongdoing” because his financial misdeeds “were about to be exposed,” according to The Post and Courier.

The Guardian echoed that theory, reporting, “By murdering his wife and son, prosecutors said, Murdaugh hoped to buy time and sympathy.”

In the documentary, Paul’s former girlfriend Morgan Doughty added-

“I think Mr. Alex, facing all this heat from the media, from the court… He’s about to be exposed from all angles of cheating and lying and stealing. I do believe that Alex Murdaugh would kill Paul and Maggie.”

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