Is prominent South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh a monster?

Mr. Murdaugh walking into court for his bond hearing in Varnville, S.C.
Alex Murdaugh walking into court for his bond hearing in Varnville, S.C.Credit…Mic Smith/Associated Press

A prominent South Carolina attorney, Alex Murdaugh who was arrested in Florida and charged with misappropriating insurance settlement funds after his housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield mysteriously tripped and fell to her death three years ago. Gloria’s heirs say they have “not received the proceeds from a $4.3 million settlement they said was orchestrated in secret by Murdaugh”.

And apparently that is not the only trouble that Murdaugh has gotten into. Attorneys in three different lawsuits against Alex Murdaugh want independent representatives to take control of money and other assets because the South Carolina lawyer is also in the center of a half-dozen state police investigations.

And that is not the end of the story either. Besides the idea that Murdaugh is hiding millions of dollars, a judge in South Carolina denied bond for attorney Alex Murdaugh on the second set of charges he faces since finding his wife and son dead last June. Murdaugh turned his affairs over to his surviving son, prosecutors believe that the court may be able to collect money from unknown accounts and property that has been sold since the transfer of assets.

“Documents show that Murdaugh has a nearly $1 million mortgage property, a boat for sale at the asking  price of $114,000, and a 2-year-old unpaid tax bill that could lead to the auction of Murdaugh’s beach home on Edisto Island”.

The investigation started in June when Murdaugh’s wife and another son were found shot to death in their home. Murdaugh was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Fl where his attorneys say that he spent the past six weeks since claiming he was shot in the head. He is charged with stealing insurance settlements from Gloria Satterfield’s sons.

The other lawyers filing motions claim that “Alex Murdaugh has engaged in repeated dishonesty, deception and fraud. He has shown that he will go to extraordinary lengths to misappropriate, steal, transfer or otherwise dispose of money in a manner that benefits him or his family, with complete disregard for the interests of third persons”.

Two other lawsuits involve a fatal boat crash that resulted in 19-year-old woman being killed back in 2019 where Paul Murdaugh was charged with driving drunk and recklessly. The family of a 19-year-old woman killed and a man on the boat say that the Murdaugh family tried to pin him as the boat’s driver.

Murdaugh is suspected of illegally pocketing nearly $3 million worth of insurance settlements that was supposed to go to Satterfield’s estate. Prosecutors say that “Murdaugh stole the money by diverting it to his accounts. They said he then paid off a $100,000 credit card bill, transferred more than $300,000 to his father and $735,000 to himself”.

In September Murdaugh was accused of trying to arrange his own death so Buster Murdaugh, his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. The lawyers filing the lawsuits said that “While the power of attorney may have some legitimate purposes for someone unable to manage their own finances, the power of attorney also provides a mechanism for Buster Murdaugh to transfer, sell or otherwise handle Alex Murdaugh’s assets in a manner that diverts the assets”. Murdaugh signed the power of attorney over to his son on September 16th and on September 23rd a mortgage from someone who owed nearly $1 million to Alex Murdaugh from 2013 paid the mortgage off.

Investigations continue into the stolen insurance money, whether or not he shot himself in the head before going to rehab, the insurance fraud, the shooting deaths of his wife and one of his sons, millions of missing dollars from Murdaugh’s former law firm, two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, and the hit-and-run boat crash that resulted in a woman’s death.

Alex Murdaugh says that he did not kill his wife and son and that he found them dead when he returned home. No one has been charged for killing them at this point. Murdaugh is in jail with no bond on the charges he stole money from his late housekeeper’s estate. No further action will be taken by the court until Murdaugh’s mental state is assessed.

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