Double Homicide: Paul Murdaugh, 22 & his mother Maggie Murdaugh, 52 - June 2021

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This case is being kept pretty quiet, no major details released to speak of (other than it does say there were two different guns used), but no info regarding who found them, who called 911, very little else.

Of interest, the grandfather died just a few days after these murders and it sounds as if he was ill from various articles so probably not unexpected. I think of the typical motives, did grandpa have a big estate? How big in the overall family of grandpa's on down? They sound like a pretty well known family and a powerful one in their state, more on that in the article.


 
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Mel70

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This case is being kept pretty quiet, no major details released to speak of (other than it does say there were two different guns used), but no info regarding who found them, who called 911, very little else.

Of interest, the grandfather died just a few days after these murders and it sounds as if he was ill from various articles so probably not unexpected. I think of the typical motives, did grandpa have a big estate? How big in the overall family of grandpa's on down? They sound like a pretty well known family and a powerful one in their state, more on that in the article.


Blah. Blah. Blah. My gosh. A little corruption there. Cover ups. Power. On and on.
 

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Yes I think the article I posted says that to, at least most of them do. It's odd though, I had heard trial is pending but tonight Scott Reisch said the criminal charges were dismissed (any power there?) and only a civil trial is pending.
Wrongful death. While it may/may not be connected, Paul's history is definitely questionable, imo. He was shot in the head; rather personal?
 

GrandmaBear

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Wrongful death. While it may/may not be connected, Paul's history is definitely questionable, imo. He was shot in the head; rather personal?
Certainly could be personal, or more execution style if shot in the head? Yes, more than one criminal charge dismissed is certainly something to wonder about. Did someone want revenge o him? A couple of other thoughts are that it sounds like the grandfather was ill so they knew he was dying possibly. He dies just after these two were killed. Was there an estate I imagine? Money is quite a motive and not shariing it. Not naming anyone, it could be an uncle, father, cousin or anyone. Also it is said two different guns were used so is that possibly two perpetrators? Finally, almost all articles refer to this hunting lodge as the mother's property, I never hear it was the parents'. No idea if that means anything or if they were divorced or something or it was just in her name...
 

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noZme

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very interesting - backstory about the boating crash & legal suits
& another mysterious death possibly connected to youngest Murdaugh brothers

South Carolina Murdaugh family confident 'justice will be served' after double murder of mother, son​

Speaking to Fox & Friend’s Ainsley Earhardt on Monday morning, Tangie Peeples Ohmer described how the local community was reeling from the June 7 double murders of 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh.

The mother and son were found fatally shot at their home, the "Moselle" hunting lodge, near Islandton, by Alex Murdaugh, Maggie’s husband and Paul’s father, the Island Packet reported. Alex Murdaugh reportedly said he was not there when the shooting took place.

According to the report, sources are investigating whether Paul Murdaugh was the intended target of the shooting. He suffered wounds to his upper body and head from what appeared to have been a shotgun, while an assault rifle is believed to have been used to kill his mother, the Island Packet reported.

he Murdaughs are one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal families.

Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on a charge of boating under the influence causing death in a February 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. The woman’s body was found seven days after the crash. Since his death, the Daily Mail reported that Paul Murdaugh was said to have turned into a "totally different person" when he drank alcohol.

The wreck led to stories questioning whether his family’s ties to the legal system in the area affected the investigation.

he State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the case and has released few details, including what kind of weapons were used and whether they have any potential suspects. Colleton County deputies turned the case over to state police and their police report said almost nothing other than two people were shot.


Top SC prosecutor still investigating 2019 fatal boat crash despite Murdaugh’s death​

The S.C. Attorney General’s Office said it is still investigating the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach, even though the man accused of driving the boat was killed last week.

Citing the still-open investigation, the agency’s spokesperson justified his office’s refusal to release the case file and has declined to explain further.

The refusal raises questions about whether the Attorney General’s office is still investigating the crash itself or what happened after the crash.

Paul Murdaugh, 20 at the time and from an influential family that ran the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for nearly a century, was indicted on three counts of boating under the influence in April 2019.


Another Murdaugh tragedy. Another reason to lose faith in the criminal justice system​


Paul Murdaugh, whose great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather also were 14th Circuit solicitors, was facing one count of boating under the influence causing death and two counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury from a crash near Parris Island in February 2019.

It was hoped a trial would bring justice and accountability in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

What we don’t know about these cases would fill a thick book. But we do know this: The Murdaugh boy never faced justice in the drunken boat crash that rocked the Lowcountry.

He was killed days after a lengthy, court-ordered mediation session failed to resolve a civil suit stemming from the boat crash.

The shootings are mysterious because the so-called criminal justice system has made them that way.
As of Friday, authorities had released only sketchy, confusing tads of information that did more to confuse than clarify.

Why would law enforcement say the community at-large had nothing to fear after two people were gunned down on their private property? And at the same time, give a phone number for people to call with information, indicating they don’t know who did it and where that suspect or suspects may be.

The list of unknowns is needlessly long, especially when the law demands public information be released to the public, and when that information involves basic public safety.

But one thing we do know about the Murdaugh case is that it has eroded public trust in the criminal justice system.

Paul Murdaugh got special treatment from the first horrific moments in the fatal boat crash case.

The 911 dispatch system proved to be a joke.

The coordination of investigative organizations was abysmal.

The lawyers immediately injecting themselves in the case at the hospital were Paul Murdaugh’s father, Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, a part-time prosecutor with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and his grandfather, Randy Murdaugh, who was the solicitor for two decades.

When the young man finally faced a day in court, his arrest after pleading not guilty proved to be what columnist Liz Farrell, who was there, said was “like a summer intern” version of arrest.


Authorities claimed it was because the charges came in a “direct indictment,” but let’s list all the other suspects we’ve seen who never cross the doorstep of the jail, and whose “mug shot” is taken in street clothes in a courthouse hallway.

Whether powerful insiders can dodge accountability we’ll never know.

In a just world, Paul Murdaugh would already have faced trial and been judged by a jury.

South Carolina puts lost trust on steroids by letting criminal cases dangle unattended for years as memories fade, witnesses die, and evidence disappears.



Mallory Beach's family files wrongful death lawsuit against bar, Parker's, homeowners​

A lawsuit claims Mallory Beach and her underage friends were served alcohol at several Lowcountry locations before the deadly boat crash that claimed her life.

Beaufort County, SC (WJCL) —
A lawsuit has been filed against two businesses and a family in connection with the death of Mallory Beach.

“There were a number of things that happened that were outlined in that lawsuit that shouldn’t have happened. Including the illegal sales of alcohol,” said Mark Tinsley, the family's lawyer.

Beach died in February after the boat she was on crashed in the waters near Parris Island. She was with a group of friends at the time. The suit says the group had gotten their hands on alcohol even though none of them were of legal drinking age.​


The family of Mallory Beach has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Luther’s, a bar and restaurant on Bay Street in Beaufort, the Parker’s 55 convenience store in Ridgeland as well as Beaufort County homeowners Kristy and James Wood.

In the lawsuit, the Beach’s claim that Mallory and her friends started their night by getting alcohol at the Parkers 55 in Ridgeland on February 23.

Later, the wrongful death suit says the group of 18 to 20-year-olds went to the Woods' home to party and had alcohol there as well. The plaintiff claims that the Woods “knew or reasonably should have known” party goers were underage.

It is also alleged the group took a boat from the home and went to Luther’s where some were served alcohol as well. The crew then left Luther’s by boat and eventually crashed into a piling near Archers Creek Bridge.

“Adults are in a position to stop the sale of alcohol to minors. To stop the service of alcohol to minors, and providing them a safe haven, so what they’re hoping is that this doesn’t happen to your daughter, my daughter, or you or me,” said Tinsley.

Mallory was thrown from the boat in that crash. Her body was found about a week later. Five people on that boat were injured. When Port Royal Police got to the crash scene they described those boaters as “grossly intoxicated.”

We reached out to the defendants in this suit. Greg Parker sent the following statement.

"We take the responsibility of selling alcohol very seriously at Parker's and have strict policies and procedures in place to make sure we sell alcohol only to individuals who have proof that they are of legal drinking age. Every member of the Parker's team undergoes alcohol training, and we regularly send mystery shoppers to our stores to make sure team members are carding customers who purchase alcohol".

Luther's and James Wood have no comment to give at this time. None of those boaters were named in the suit.

(Below: 911 call made after Mallory Beach's disappearance)

Depositions released in Mallory Beach wrongful death lawsuit​


hhttps://www.wistv.com/2021/06/08/depositions-released-mallory-beach-wrongful-death-lawsuit/ttps://www.wjcl.com/article/lawsuit-filed-in-connection-to-the-death-of-mallory-beach/26889543

Murdaugh Murders:​

Unanswered Questions About Multiple Suspicious Deaths Connected To Family​


So many unanswered questions surround not only Monday’s shocking slayings, but several other suspicious deaths connected to the Murdaughs — one of the wealthiest, most prominent families in South Carolina. Three generations of Murdaughs served as the S.C. fourteenth judicial circuit solicitor from 1920 through 2006 — and the family exerted additional influence via the powerful law firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED).

As the investigation moves forward and detectives attempt to unravel the complicated ties to the Murdaugh dynasty, several sources who spoke with FITSNews questioned whether this criminal inquiry would be tainted like the others before it.

Stephen Smith’s Death In 2015​

Officials still don’t know who or what killed 19-year-old Stephen Smith six years ago — but his death has been widely associated with the Murdaugh family.

mallory beach

The double homicide of Paul Murdaugh and his mother Maggie Murdaugh in rural Colleton County earlier this week sent shockwaves throughout South Carolina. Now, in the aftermath of their deaths, a cloud of unsettled air hangs above the Lowcountry — where the Murdaugh family’s power has loomed large over law enforcement and local courtrooms for nearly a century.
So many unanswered questions surround not only Monday’s shocking slayings, but several other suspicious deaths connected to the Murdaughs — one of the wealthiest, most prominent families in South Carolina. Three generations of Murdaughs served as the S.C. fourteenth judicial circuit solicitor from 1920 through 2006 — and the family exerted additional influence via the powerful law firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED).
As the investigation moves forward and detectives attempt to unravel the complicated ties to the Murdaugh dynasty, several sources who spoke with FITSNews questioned whether this criminal inquiry would be tainted like the others before it.
the media outlet has been covering Paul Murdaugh since he was first accused in a fatal boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach in February 2019.
Over the years, we’ve spoken to over 100 people about the Murdaugh family – about the power they held over others, about their close ties to law enforcement, about their deep pockets, about their vast tracts of land, and about the disconnect between their private and public personas.
All of this is inextricably tied to the investigation — which is undeniably a murder investigation unlike any other.
Despite what his obituary says, Paul Murdaugh — who was described to FITSNews by several sources as an entitled sociopath with a short fuse — had a history that goes much deeper than the 2019 boat crash that thrust him into the media limelight.
*****

Stephen Smith’s Death In 2015​

Officials still don’t know who or what killed 19-year-old Stephen Smith six years ago — but his death has been widely associated with the Murdaugh family.
Like the probe of the 2019 boat crash, the 2015 investigation into Smith’s death was chaotic from the beginning — clouded by jurisdictional confusion and suspicions of investigative interference.
Smith was found dead just before 4:00 a.m. EDT on July 8, 2015 in the middle of Sandy Run Road in Hampton County, South Carolina.
Crime scene photos obtained by FITSNews are horrific — Stephen’s entire face was covered in blood that cascaded from a 7.25-inch gaping hole on the right side of his forehead. His head was misshapen by blunt force.
Someone just left him in the middle of the road to die …
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Stephen’s massive head wound — along with the lack of other significant injuries on his body — stumped investigators on scene. His right shoulder was partially dislocated. Cuts and bruises dotted his right hand. His shoes were still on and clothes appeared untouched. His phone and keys were still in his pocket.
Investigators found his car three miles away on the side of Bamberg Highway. His wallet was inside the car. SCHP detectives noted that the gas cap was unscrewed and hanging outside of the gas cap door.
Officials couldn’t nail down a cause or manner of death. At first, they thought it was a hit and run. Then, the coroner ruled the death a shooting homicide — forcing investigators to search the rural road carved between a tree line and a corn field.
In their search, investigators from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Hampton County sheriff’s office, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) found virtually no evidence — no bullets, no gunshot residue, no tire marks, no pieces left from a vehicle. Nothing.
Hours later, a MUSC pathologist ruled that Stephen was killed in a hit-and-run accident – a decision that was met with confusion and skepticism by both investigators and those who knew Stephen. Investigators theorized that the mirror o
Like the probe of the 2019 boat crash, the 2015 investigation into Smith’s death was chaotic from the beginning — clouded by jurisdictional confusion and suspicions of investigative interference.

Smith was found dead just before 4:00 a.m. EDT on July 8, 2015 in the middle of Sandy Run Road in Hampton County, South Carolina.

Crime scene photos obtained by FITSNews are horrific — Stephen’s entire face was covered in blood that cascaded from a 7.25-inch gaping hole on the right side of his forehead. His head was misshapen by blunt force.

Someone just left him in the middle of the road to die …

a semi-truck hit Stephen’s head.

“Stephen was not stupid,” Stephen’s friend told FITSNews. “There is no way that would happen to him. He would not let a car, let alone a truck, get close enough to hit him. That did not happen to my friend. He doesn’t deserve that. He doesn’t deserve people to think that.”

Stephen was beloved. He was an openly gay young man in the small town of Hampton, South Carolina, which wasn’t easy, but he made the best of it, his friends told FITSNews. He was bright and determined to make a better life for himself. He was in school for nursing at the time of his death.

This decision to rule his death a hit-and-run appeared to skew the investigation by SCHP’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) – who typically investigate accidents, not murders.

The Murdaugh name was mentioned over 40 times throughout the course of the investigation – which went cold less than a year after Smith was killed. According to SCHP documents, detectives were pursuing Paul Murdaugh and his brother Buster Murdaugh as possible persons of interest in the case

MORE AT LINK BELOW

 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
very interesting - backstory about the boating crash & legal suits
& another mysterious death possibly connected to youngest Murdaugh brothers

South Carolina Murdaugh family confident 'justice will be served' after double murder of mother, son​

Speaking to Fox & Friend’s Ainsley Earhardt on Monday morning, Tangie Peeples Ohmer described how the local community was reeling from the June 7 double murders of 52-year-old Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son, Paul Murdaugh.

The mother and son were found fatally shot at their home, the "Moselle" hunting lodge, near Islandton, by Alex Murdaugh, Maggie’s husband and Paul’s father, the Island Packet reported. Alex Murdaugh reportedly said he was not there when the shooting took place.

According to the report, sources are investigating whether Paul Murdaugh was the intended target of the shooting. He suffered wounds to his upper body and head from what appeared to have been a shotgun, while an assault rifle is believed to have been used to kill his mother, the Island Packet reported.

he Murdaughs are one of South Carolina’s most prominent legal families.

Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial on a charge of boating under the influence causing death in a February 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach. The woman’s body was found seven days after the crash. Since his death, the Daily Mail reported that Paul Murdaugh was said to have turned into a "totally different person" when he drank alcohol.

The wreck led to stories questioning whether his family’s ties to the legal system in the area affected the investigation.

he State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the case and has released few details, including what kind of weapons were used and whether they have any potential suspects. Colleton County deputies turned the case over to state police and their police report said almost nothing other than two people were shot.


Top SC prosecutor still investigating 2019 fatal boat crash despite Murdaugh’s death​

The S.C. Attorney General’s Office said it is still investigating the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach, even though the man accused of driving the boat was killed last week.

Citing the still-open investigation, the agency’s spokesperson justified his office’s refusal to release the case file and has declined to explain further.

The refusal raises questions about whether the Attorney General’s office is still investigating the crash itself or what happened after the crash.

Paul Murdaugh, 20 at the time and from an influential family that ran the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office for nearly a century, was indicted on three counts of boating under the influence in April 2019.


Another Murdaugh tragedy. Another reason to lose faith in the criminal justice system​


Paul Murdaugh, whose great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather also were 14th Circuit solicitors, was facing one count of boating under the influence causing death and two counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury from a crash near Parris Island in February 2019.

It was hoped a trial would bring justice and accountability in the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

What we don’t know about these cases would fill a thick book. But we do know this: The Murdaugh boy never faced justice in the drunken boat crash that rocked the Lowcountry.

He was killed days after a lengthy, court-ordered mediation session failed to resolve a civil suit stemming from the boat crash.

The shootings are mysterious because the so-called criminal justice system has made them that way.
As of Friday, authorities had released only sketchy, confusing tads of information that did more to confuse than clarify.

Why would law enforcement say the community at-large had nothing to fear after two people were gunned down on their private property? And at the same time, give a phone number for people to call with information, indicating they don’t know who did it and where that suspect or suspects may be.

The list of unknowns is needlessly long, especially when the law demands public information be released to the public, and when that information involves basic public safety.

But one thing we do know about the Murdaugh case is that it has eroded public trust in the criminal justice system.

Paul Murdaugh got special treatment from the first horrific moments in the fatal boat crash case.

The 911 dispatch system proved to be a joke.

The coordination of investigative organizations was abysmal.

The lawyers immediately injecting themselves in the case at the hospital were Paul Murdaugh’s father, Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, a part-time prosecutor with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, and his grandfather, Randy Murdaugh, who was the solicitor for two decades.

When the young man finally faced a day in court, his arrest after pleading not guilty proved to be what columnist Liz Farrell, who was there, said was “like a summer intern” version of arrest.


Authorities claimed it was because the charges came in a “direct indictment,” but let’s list all the other suspects we’ve seen who never cross the doorstep of the jail, and whose “mug shot” is taken in street clothes in a courthouse hallway.

Whether powerful insiders can dodge accountability we’ll never know.

In a just world, Paul Murdaugh would already have faced trial and been judged by a jury.

South Carolina puts lost trust on steroids by letting criminal cases dangle unattended for years as memories fade, witnesses die, and evidence disappears.



Mallory Beach's family files wrongful death lawsuit against bar, Parker's, homeowners​

A lawsuit claims Mallory Beach and her underage friends were served alcohol at several Lowcountry locations before the deadly boat crash that claimed her life.​

Beaufort County, SC (WJCL) —​

A lawsuit has been filed against two businesses and a family in connection with the death of Mallory Beach.​

“There were a number of things that happened that were outlined in that lawsuit that shouldn’t have happened. Including the illegal sales of alcohol,” said Mark Tinsley, the family's lawyer.​

Beach died in February after the boat she was on crashed in the waters near Parris Island. She was with a group of friends at the time. The suit says the group had gotten their hands on alcohol even though none of them were of legal drinking age.​


The family of Mallory Beach has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Luther’s, a bar and restaurant on Bay Street in Beaufort, the Parker’s 55 convenience store in Ridgeland as well as Beaufort County homeowners Kristy and James Wood.

In the lawsuit, the Beach’s claim that Mallory and her friends started their night by getting alcohol at the Parkers 55 in Ridgeland on February 23.

Later, the wrongful death suit says the group of 18 to 20-year-olds went to the Woods' home to party and had alcohol there as well. The plaintiff claims that the Woods “knew or reasonably should have known” party goers were underage.

It is also alleged the group took a boat from the home and went to Luther’s where some were served alcohol as well. The crew then left Luther’s by boat and eventually crashed into a piling near Archers Creek Bridge.

“Adults are in a position to stop the sale of alcohol to minors. To stop the service of alcohol to minors, and providing them a safe haven, so what they’re hoping is that this doesn’t happen to your daughter, my daughter, or you or me,” said Tinsley.

Mallory was thrown from the boat in that crash. Her body was found about a week later. Five people on that boat were injured. When Port Royal Police got to the crash scene they described those boaters as “grossly intoxicated.”

We reached out to the defendants in this suit. Greg Parker sent the following statement.

"We take the responsibility of selling alcohol very seriously at Parker's and have strict policies and procedures in place to make sure we sell alcohol only to individuals who have proof that they are of legal drinking age. Every member of the Parker's team undergoes alcohol training, and we regularly send mystery shoppers to our stores to make sure team members are carding customers who purchase alcohol".

Luther's and James Wood have no comment to give at this time. None of those boaters were named in the suit.

(Below: 911 call made after Mallory Beach's disappearance)

Depositions released in Mallory Beach wrongful death lawsuit​


hhttps://www.wistv.com/2021/06/08/depositions-released-mallory-beach-wrongful-death-lawsuit/ttps://www.wjcl.com/article/lawsuit-filed-in-connection-to-the-death-of-mallory-beach/26889543

Murdaugh Murders:​

Unanswered Questions About Multiple Suspicious Deaths Connected To Family​


So many unanswered questions surround not only Monday’s shocking slayings, but several other suspicious deaths connected to the Murdaughs — one of the wealthiest, most prominent families in South Carolina. Three generations of Murdaughs served as the S.C. fourteenth judicial circuit solicitor from 1920 through 2006 — and the family exerted additional influence via the powerful law firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED).

As the investigation moves forward and detectives attempt to unravel the complicated ties to the Murdaugh dynasty, several sources who spoke with FITSNews questioned whether this criminal inquiry would be tainted like the others before it.

Stephen Smith’s Death In 2015​

Officials still don’t know who or what killed 19-year-old Stephen Smith six years ago — but his death has been widely associated with the Murdaugh family.

mallory beach

The double homicide of Paul Murdaugh and his mother Maggie Murdaugh in rural Colleton County earlier this week sent shockwaves throughout South Carolina. Now, in the aftermath of their deaths, a cloud of unsettled air hangs above the Lowcountry — where the Murdaugh family’s power has loomed large over law enforcement and local courtrooms for nearly a century.
So many unanswered questions surround not only Monday’s shocking slayings, but several other suspicious deaths connected to the Murdaughs — one of the wealthiest, most prominent families in South Carolina. Three generations of Murdaughs served as the S.C. fourteenth judicial circuit solicitor from 1920 through 2006 — and the family exerted additional influence via the powerful law firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED).
As the investigation moves forward and detectives attempt to unravel the complicated ties to the Murdaugh dynasty, several sources who spoke with FITSNews questioned whether this criminal inquiry would be tainted like the others before it.
the media outlet has been covering Paul Murdaugh since he was first accused in a fatal boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach in February 2019.
Over the years, we’ve spoken to over 100 people about the Murdaugh family – about the power they held over others, about their close ties to law enforcement, about their deep pockets, about their vast tracts of land, and about the disconnect between their private and public personas.
All of this is inextricably tied to the investigation — which is undeniably a murder investigation unlike any other.
Despite what his obituary says, Paul Murdaugh — who was described to FITSNews by several sources as an entitled sociopath with a short fuse — had a history that goes much deeper than the 2019 boat crash that thrust him into the media limelight.
*****

Stephen Smith’s Death In 2015​

Officials still don’t know who or what killed 19-year-old Stephen Smith six years ago — but his death has been widely associated with the Murdaugh family.
Like the probe of the 2019 boat crash, the 2015 investigation into Smith’s death was chaotic from the beginning — clouded by jurisdictional confusion and suspicions of investigative interference.
Smith was found dead just before 4:00 a.m. EDT on July 8, 2015 in the middle of Sandy Run Road in Hampton County, South Carolina.
Crime scene photos obtained by FITSNews are horrific — Stephen’s entire face was covered in blood that cascaded from a 7.25-inch gaping hole on the right side of his forehead. His head was misshapen by blunt force.
Someone just left him in the middle of the road to die …
Screen-Shot-2021-06-10-at-3.53.06-PM.png

Stephen’s massive head wound — along with the lack of other significant injuries on his body — stumped investigators on scene. His right shoulder was partially dislocated. Cuts and bruises dotted his right hand. His shoes were still on and clothes appeared untouched. His phone and keys were still in his pocket.
Investigators found his car three miles away on the side of Bamberg Highway. His wallet was inside the car. SCHP detectives noted that the gas cap was unscrewed and hanging outside of the gas cap door.
Officials couldn’t nail down a cause or manner of death. At first, they thought it was a hit and run. Then, the coroner ruled the death a shooting homicide — forcing investigators to search the rural road carved between a tree line and a corn field.
In their search, investigators from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Hampton County sheriff’s office, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) found virtually no evidence — no bullets, no gunshot residue, no tire marks, no pieces left from a vehicle. Nothing.
Hours later, a MUSC pathologist ruled that Stephen was killed in a hit-and-run accident – a decision that was met with confusion and skepticism by both investigators and those who knew Stephen. Investigators theorized that the mirror o
Like the probe of the 2019 boat crash, the 2015 investigation into Smith’s death was chaotic from the beginning — clouded by jurisdictional confusion and suspicions of investigative interference.

Smith was found dead just before 4:00 a.m. EDT on July 8, 2015 in the middle of Sandy Run Road in Hampton County, South Carolina.

Crime scene photos obtained by FITSNews are horrific — Stephen’s entire face was covered in blood that cascaded from a 7.25-inch gaping hole on the right side of his forehead. His head was misshapen by blunt force.

Someone just left him in the middle of the road to die …

a semi-truck hit Stephen’s head.

“Stephen was not stupid,” Stephen’s friend told FITSNews. “There is no way that would happen to him. He would not let a car, let alone a truck, get close enough to hit him. That did not happen to my friend. He doesn’t deserve that. He doesn’t deserve people to think that.”

Stephen was beloved. He was an openly gay young man in the small town of Hampton, South Carolina, which wasn’t easy, but he made the best of it, his friends told FITSNews. He was bright and determined to make a better life for himself. He was in school for nursing at the time of his death.

This decision to rule his death a hit-and-run appeared to skew the investigation by SCHP’s Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) – who typically investigate accidents, not murders.

The Murdaugh name was mentioned over 40 times throughout the course of the investigation – which went cold less than a year after Smith was killed. According to SCHP documents, detectives were pursuing Paul Murdaugh and his brother Buster Murdaugh as possible persons of interest in the case

MORE AT LINK BELOW

Wow. There should be more articles like this and coverage. And I don't like how they talk about the past things will never proceed or people will never find out why cases have been handled this way or charges dropped, etc. It sounds like people need to stand up and make it clear enough is enough and the state needs to clean house and some people need to lose jobs or be charged.
 

noZme

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 15, 2021
Contact: Tommy Crosbytcrosby@sled.sc.gov(803) 896-8396

SLED UPDATE ON STATUS OF ONGOING MURDAUGH DOUBLE MURDER INVESTIGATION

On June 7, 2021 at 10:07 PM, Alex Murdaugh called 911. During that call, Murdaugh indicated to the Colleton County Dispatch Center that he had returned to family property located at 4147 Moselle Road in Islandton, South Carolina to find the bodies of his wife Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh and his son Paul Murdaugh shot outside of the residence on the property.Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the location where it appeared that Paul and Maggie had both sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The Sheriff’sOffice secured the scene and contacted SLED at 10:28 PM to request SLED’s assistance in conducting this double murder investigation. SLED Lowcountry Regional agents were dispatched at that time and began arriving on scene at 11:47 PM. SLED agents began working with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office immediately to evaluate the crime scene and take the lead on this investigation. SLED Crime Scene agents began arriving on scene at 12:07 AM. Crime scene personnel worked throughout the morning of June 8 to collect evidence and submitted it to SLED’s forensic lab, which immediately began processing and testing the evidence.SLED agents have been working the case continuously since arriving on scene with the assistance of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and others, and that work continues. We continue to pursue all leads and the investigation is certainly active and ongoing at this time. We will continue to submit all forensic evidence to SLED’s forensic lab.SLED is committed to conducting a professional and thorough criminal investigation to bring justice in the deaths of Paul and Maggie. SLED is further committed to transparency and will release any additional information, including additional information provided during the 911 call, at the appropriate time. However, we cannot and will not do anything that could jeopardize the integrity of this investigation or that would violate the due process afforded to all in our constitutional system of justice.###
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 15, 2021
Contact: Tommy Crosbytcrosby@sled.sc.gov(803) 896-8396

SLED UPDATE ON STATUS OF ONGOING MURDAUGH DOUBLE MURDER INVESTIGATION

On June 7, 2021 at 10:07 PM, Alex Murdaugh called 911. During that call, Murdaugh indicated to the Colleton County Dispatch Center that he had returned to family property located at 4147 Moselle Road in Islandton, South Carolina to find the bodies of his wife Margaret “Maggie” Murdaugh and his son Paul Murdaugh shot outside of the residence on the property.Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies immediately responded to the location where it appeared that Paul and Maggie had both sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The Sheriff’sOffice secured the scene and contacted SLED at 10:28 PM to request SLED’s assistance in conducting this double murder investigation. SLED Lowcountry Regional agents were dispatched at that time and began arriving on scene at 11:47 PM. SLED agents began working with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office immediately to evaluate the crime scene and take the lead on this investigation. SLED Crime Scene agents began arriving on scene at 12:07 AM. Crime scene personnel worked throughout the morning of June 8 to collect evidence and submitted it to SLED’s forensic lab, which immediately began processing and testing the evidence.SLED agents have been working the case continuously since arriving on scene with the assistance of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office deputies and others, and that work continues. We continue to pursue all leads and the investigation is certainly active and ongoing at this time. We will continue to submit all forensic evidence to SLED’s forensic lab.SLED is committed to conducting a professional and thorough criminal investigation to bring justice in the deaths of Paul and Maggie. SLED is further committed to transparency and will release any additional information, including additional information provided during the 911 call, at the appropriate time. However, we cannot and will not do anything that could jeopardize the integrity of this investigation or that would violate the due process afforded to all in our constitutional system of justice.###
Wow. I knew dad found them but was not sure he was at the property or with them at any point prior. This says though he returned to the property as if he had been there earlier. So fortunate he was not home or he may have been murdered as well... Right?

The last sentence, hmm. Since there is much talk about investigations and charge dismissals, etc. re this family in years prior, it sure sounds good but do all get the due process afforded to all...

Not claiming to know, just some things in this that one has to wonder/think about if true...
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
good read

So from what we know of in cases, putting a timeline on both deaths of between 9:30 and 10 is a pretty short window and pretty specific. For an investigation where they share little, surprising the point is made about that. Someone heard the shots, condition/warmth of bodies/blood, etc.? Even then they usually won't say until some expert does...

Dad returns at 10ish so they were just killed basically. First time I heard he was out shooting... Guessing probably on the massive acreage of the property.

Mom in the wrong place at the wrong time suspected or said by a source... Yet allegedly from various articles she was shot by a different gun...

The suspicion it may be tied to the boating accident is hard to figure. One could need to know more. One could understand her family might be mad at the lack of justice for the death of their daughter, however, if a civil case is pending, what would be the motive? I guess maybe he might be worth more dead than alive as to a monetary judgment? But how so? That really makes no sense either unless mom's death was intentional and she had something set for money or assets to go to her sons and then he would have something to take or his estate would...? Justice for the death and money for it at the same time? I am ENTIRELY speculating here.

I think without saying anything, it is probably apparent the way I am leaning though I have a first and a second possible likelihood. Not saying there is enough or I am right or what all the reasons may have been or how deep the reasons/how many reasons but sometimes things seem just a bit too convenient...

Finally, they make the remark if documents were released they would be almost entirely redacted. Why? What is in them? What is in the 911 call? How do they know the specific time of death or darned close to it? And yet they easily share that but not a heavily redacted document or other info... I guess time of death would exclude some people if they were not there or had alibis but why would you tell the public the time frame unless of course you were trying to indicate who it could not be...

Thoughts and speculation is all. Just that, nothing more/jmo/imho.
 
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Whatsnext

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So from what we know of in cases, putting a timeline on both deaths of between 9:30 and 10 is a pretty short window and pretty specific. For an investigation where they share little, surprising the point is made about that. Someone heard the shots, condition/warmth of bodies/blood, etc.? Even then they usually won't say until some expert does...

Dad returns at 10ish so they were just killed basically. First time I heard he was out shooting... Guessing probably on the massive acreage of the property.

Mom in the wrong place at the wrong time suspected or said by a source... Yet allegedly from various articles she was shot by a different gun...

The suspicion it may be tied to the boating accident is hard to figure. One could need to know more. One could understand her family might be mad at the lack of justice for the death of their daughter, however, if a civil case is pending, what would be the motive? I guess maybe he might be worth more alive than dead as to a monetary judgment? But how so? That really makes no sense either unless mom's death was intentional and she had something set to go to her sons...? I am ENTIRELY speculating here.

I think without saying anything, it is probably apparent the way I am leaning. Not saying there is enough or I am right or what all the reasons may have been or how deep but sometimes things seem just a bit too convenient...

Finally, they make the remark if documents were released they would be almost entirely redacted. Why? What is in them? What is in the 911 call? How do they know the specific time of death or darned close to it? And yet they share that but not a heavily redacted document... I guess time of death would exclude some people if they were not there but why would you tell the public the time frame...

Thoughts and speculation is all. Just that, nothing more/jmo.
I'd really like to listen to that 911 call. Nice family.
 

kdg411

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Wow. I knew dad found them but was not sure he was at the property or with them at any point prior. This says though he returned to the property as if he had been there earlier. So fortunate he was not home or he may have been murdered as well... Right?

The last sentence, hmm. Since there is much talk about investigations and charge dismissals, etc. re this family in years prior, it sure sounds good but do all get the due process afforded to all...

Not claiming to know, just some things in this that one has to wonder/think about if true...
He had returned from ... hunting? :rolleyes:
 

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