CrimeSpace obtained several phone calls made by Alex Murdaugh to suspected family members following his sentence of life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and son. The calls, which have never been published, mark the most recent communications between the murderous lawyer and his inner-circle since his trial.
“Hey, buddy.” Murdaugh is heard telling the young man at the beginning of the call.
“Hey, I don’t have a whole lot of time. I just boarded a ferry to go back to the Hilton from [inaudible 00:00:52]” the man responds.
Alex tells the man that he’s been trying to call his attorney, Jim Griffin, with no success.
“Yeah, I know. I’ve been trying to call, I was supposed to call you while you were with Jim about this meeting.” Murdaugh says. “But anyway, how about text him and let him know I’m trying to call him.”
“Did he talk to you about that? About the things I told him?”
During the phone call the young man tells Murdaugh he isn’t privy to the “things” and notes he’s having trouble understanding him.
“No. I can’t really understand you either.”
Murdaugh then informs the man that he’ll have a “word” with his lawyer and ask him to “get in touch” with the man regarding the “things.”
“All right. All right. I’m going to leave a word with Jim and he’ll be in touch with you. Love you.” Murdaugh says. “I’m proud of you.”
On March 3, 2023, Alex Murdaugh received a life sentence for the murders of his wife and son, according to the New York Times. The once-influential Southern lawyer was condemned to spend the remainder of his life behind bars. The sentencing followed a high-profile trial that captured national attention, revealing a web of lies and shocking crimes committed to conceal Murdaugh’s embezzlement of millions of dollars from clients and his law firm.
On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh made a phone call to his wife, Maggie, requesting her presence at the Murdaugh family lodge. He proposed that they travel together from there to visit his terminally ill father, Randolph Murdaugh III. Maggie, however, grew suspicious of Alex’s intentions and confided in a friend via text message, expressing her concerns about his behavior. When Maggie arrived at the family’s residence, she discovered their son, Paul, near the dog kennels.
Later that evening, at 10:06 p.m., Alex contacted the police from his cell phone, reporting the discovery of his wife, Maggie, 52, and their younger son, Paul, 22, deceased near the dog kennels on the family’s hunting lodge premises in Islandton, South Carolina. The victims had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, inflicted by different firearms, targeting their heads, wrists, and chests.
Murdaugh claimed to have been in the company of his mother, who suffers from dementia, during the time of the murders. However, cellphone data, including video footage with Alex’s voice, placed him at the scene before the tragic deaths occurred. The evidence cast doubt on his alibi and raised suspicions regarding his involvement in the crime.
The trial of Alex Murdaugh, a former American lawyer, captivated the State of South Carolina as he faced charges for the brutal murder of his wife, Maggie, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, on June 7, 2021.
The trial took place in the fourteenth circuit of the South Carolina Circuit Court, commencing on January 25, 2023, and culminating on March 2 with a unanimous guilty verdict on all four counts. Despite Murdaugh’s initial plea of not guilty, he received two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
The trial garnered significant media attention, being hailed as South Carolina’s “trial of the century” and considered one of the most sensational and high-profile cases in the state’s legal history. In response to the verdict, Murdaugh’s legal team has filed a notice of appeal, indicating their intention to challenge the outcome.