Richard “Alex” Murdaugh’s double murder trial looms next week. But this southern South Carolina saga began over a year and a half ago.
Murdaugh will face his first charges in a long line of criminal and civil charges on January 23 in the deaths of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, on June 7, 2021. These two deaths were the catalyst for the ruins of the Murdaugh dynasty and the unfolding of a much larger story.
When the news of the deaths of the mother and son began to be known on June 8, 2021, no one knew that it would lead to multiple accusations of Alex Murdaugh and more than 100 accusations and a story that left the media and true crime fans across the country wondering, What’s next?
The Greenville News and The Hampton County Guardian have been there since day one, reporting on the deaths of Maggie and Paul, reporting on accomplices accused of seeing what’s behind the mirror of Lowcountry dynasty.
Here’s everything you need to know before Alex Murdaugh goes to trial on January 23rd.
The Beginning: The Murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, Organized Shooting, and More
Maggie and Paul killed:Murdaughs killed in double homicide in Colleton County
June 2021:Dead Murdaugh Family Members: What We Know
Initial information, rumours:Murdaugh Double Homicide: SLED Addresses Public, Rumors, Surrounding Brutal Crime
Murdaugh Family Funerals:Funeral arrangements set for Murdaugh family homicide victims as investigation continues
Planned death:Police: Lawyer Murdaugh planned his own death, but shot went wide
Alex Murdaugh expelled
SLED Investigation:SLED opens investigation into allegations that Alex Murdaugh embezzled funds
Murdaugh resigns:Accused of embezzling funds, Alex Murdaugh resigns from law firm and goes to rehab
Murdaugh expelled:Alex Murdaugh officially impeached by the South Carolina Supreme Court
The Murdaugh case in depth
Power, prestige and privilege:Inside the rise and fall of the Murdaugh dynasty in South Carolina
Murders, mystery, money:Here’s a timeline of the Murdaugh family murders.
What we know and don’t know:Alex Murdaugh’s crime saga
True crime following series Netflix, HBO Maxx, CNN
Murdaugh Mania: South Carolina murder saga attracts cult-like online following
Netflix documentaries:Netflix announces Murdaugh documentaries investigating saga of crimes and murders in SC
TV specials:CNN and HBO Max to air TV specials exploring Murdaugh murders and alleged crimes
Art imitating life?:Art mimics life in Alex Murdaugh’s Hampton County with a murder-themed masquerade ball
Cases stemming from the Murdaugh saga: Russell Laffitte, lawsuits, more
Paul Murdaugh Accusation:Murdaugh pleads not guilty and is released on bail
The guilty verdict weighs:Murdaugh case: Lawyers, writers weigh guilty verdict of former Palmetto Bank CEO
Judgment of Russell Laffitte:Banker trial sheds light on Murdaugh murders and alleged conspiracy in a small town
Island for sale:Alex Murdaugh’s Private Island and Alleged Drug Dealer for Sale in SC
Murdaugh family dynasty
Famous and unorthodox SC bankers:The cases of Alex Murdaugh and Laffitte increase the reputation of famous and unorthodox bankers in SC
A Litigation Dynasty:Murdaugh dynasty includes history of taking on bankers and federal prosecutors
Terror in Hampton County:‘Buster’ Murdaugh and Baseball Bat Killer Estill
Leading up to the Murdaugh double murder trial
Case of the Murdaugh Murders:SC Says Alex Murdaugh Shouldn’t Be a ‘Special Defendant’
Test date:Murdaugh murders trial set earlier date
Murdaugh murder trial: Lawyers allege altered photos, destroyed evidence and poor testimony
Not seeking the death penalty:Alex Murdaugh murder trial: SC AG Wilson seeks life without parole, not death penalty
Who is who?:Alex Murdaugh murder trial: Meet the SC lawyers, judge who will be in the spotlight
SC crime saga:2022 was a tumultuous year in the sagas of Alex Murdaugh, Russell Laffitte. What to expect in 2023.
Joyce Orlando is an audience specialist for the South Region Audience Team. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.