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IMHO, Alex Murdaugh embezzled money at his firm. He killed his wife and son for insurance money to pay back what he had stolen. It did not work out. He then decided to kill himself so that his surviving son could collect his insurance. It did not work out. 
Alex Murdaugh is a man for whom human life is just currency.
Sept. 16, 2021, 12:09 p.m. ET NYTimes

The prominent South Carolina lawyer whose life has unraveled in the months after his wife and son were fatally shot turned himself in to the police on Thursday after admitting that he had tried to stage his own killing earlier this month, but he maintained that he had no involvement in the killing of his family.

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Alex Murdaugh was hit with yet another lawsuit this week — accused of “orchestrating a campaign” to blame an innocent teen for his drunken son’s deadly 2019 boat crash.

The drug-addicted lawyer’s son Paul had been set to face trial for the crash when he was found shot dead alongside mom Maggie Murdaugh, 52, in June of this year.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Connor Cook, one of the individuals on the boat at the time of the crash, claimed Murdaugh tricked him to protect his son — even though he knew he’d been “drunk and traveling at excessive speeds” when the crash killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

Murdaugh — currently in rehab while on bail for orchestrating his own shooting in a doomed life-insurance scam — immediately “sought out all or most of the boat passengers in an attempt to control the narrative of what occurred,” Cook’s lawsuit insisted.

As Cook, 19, was being taken to be X-rayed for a fractured jaw, Murdaugh cornered him and told him to “keep his mouth shut” when asked who was driving the boat, the lawsuit claimed.

Murdaugh then “encouraged and instructed” Cook to retain attorney Cory Fleming, who also ordered him “to decline to be interviewed by law enforcement,” the lawsuit said.

But Murdaugh made no mention of how Fleming was his college roommate, best friend and drunken son’s godfather, the lawsuit said.

Without mentioning the “conflict of interest,” all the advice given “was to the advantage of Paul and [Alex] Murdaugh and against the interests of Fleming’s new client,” Cook, the lawsuit alleged.

It made him an “unwitting … agent of protection for Paul Murdaugh” — instead exposing Cook to “the potential of being charged” and held responsible for the crash, the lawsuit said.

“Murdaugh and others were orchestrating a campaign to have Connor Cook held criminally and civilly responsible for the boat accident,” the court papers alleged.

It included “a ‘whisper campaign” against him — as well as “law enforcement misdirection and possible obstruction of the investigation.”

The lawsuit noted that Murdaugh’s son was not tested for his blood-alcohol levels despite “his obvious state of intoxication” and “the loud and angry statements by at least one of the passengers that Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat” that belonged to his dad.

The lawsuit claimed Paul had the “express permission” of his father to drive his boat despite him knowing that he “would often drink to the point of intoxication” even while driving “family vehicles, including boats.”

The lawsuit also names Buster Murdaugh — the lawyer’s surviving son, for whom he allegedly tried to get $10 million in his assisted suicide plot — for allowing his brother to use his ID to buy the booze. The store and the staffer who sold it to him are also named.

Together, they are “liable for all damages” because of “their negligent, careless, grossly negligent and reckless acts and omissions,” the lawsuit claimed.

A spokeswoman for Alex Murdaugh told the Post and Courier that his lawyers would not be able to comment until they could review the lawsuit with their client, who is in rehab for a reported opioid addiction.

“Right now, they are focused on supporting Alex’s recovery,” spokeswoman Amanda Loveday said.

Fleming could not immediately be reached for comment, the outlet said.

The double slaying of Paul Murdaugh and his mom — whose bodies were found by Alex — have yet to be solved. No suspects have been named.

The same force last week also announced that it was now investigating the suspicious death of Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper at his home, as well as up to $4 million in insurance money that was collected but never forwarded to her family.

Murdaugh is also the subject of a state investigation into allegations he stole money from his family law firm, which booted him and led to him being suspended from practicing law in the state.

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Alex Murdaugh arrested on felony charges after leaving drug rehab in Florida

Murdaugh was busted Thursday in Florida for allegedly scamming millions of dollars from his late housekeeper’s family, officials told The Post.

The 53-year-old drug-addicted lawyer was arrested “upon his release from a drug rehabilitation facility in Orlando,” a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said.

He was taken into custody on two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses tied to the 2018 mysterious death of his longtime housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, SLED said.

Murdaugh has been accused of collecting more than $4 million in insurance — but never giving it to her surviving sons as promised.

Thursday’s arrest came almost a month after he was busted for allegedly trying to get his drug dealer to kill him in a life insurance scam to collect $10 million for Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster.

He was released on $20,000 bail in that case, going to the Orlando rehab for treatment for a 20-year opioid addiction, his lawyer has said.

Murdaugh is being held at Orange County Corrections until an extradition hearing to bring him back to South Carolina, where his family has long been one of the most powerful legal presences.

SLED suggested more charges could come over the once-powerful lawyer who is also a person of interest in the unsolved double slaying of his wife and son in June, his lawyer admitted this week.

Officers are also investigating millions taken from his family’s law firm, as well as Satterfield’s death at his home, which was never reported to the coroner and was “inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident,” as reported at the time.

“Today is merely one more step in a long process for justice for the many victims in these investigations,”SLED Chief Mark Keel said.

Agents “will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those who were victimized by Alex Murdaugh and others,” Keel said.

“We are committed to following the facts wherever they may lead us and we will not stop until justice is served.”

Satterfield’s sons — Brian Harriott and Tony Satterfield — have also sued Murdaugh over the cash, saying he promised them at their mother’s funeral “he was going to take care” of them.

He instead got more than $4 million from his insurers, but only told them about $500,000 — and then never sent them a dime, the lawsuit said.

Their attorneys said Thursday that the Satterfield family is “extremely grateful” that criminal charges have been brought.

“Avarice and betrayal of trust are at the heart of this matter,” lawyers Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter told The Post and Courier in a statement.

“Lawsuits and claims are not vehicles for lawyers, defendants and/or friends to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients.”

One of Murdaugh’s attorneys, Jim Griffin, told the paper that his client has not been able to formally respond to all the allegations against him because of his monthlong stint in rehab.

Asked directly whether Murdaugh stole money meant for Satterfield’s sons, Griffin paused before telling the paper, “That would be for him to answer, not me.”

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