The trial of Alex Murdaugh for the murder of his wife and son has captivated the nation as it unfolded in the courtroom. The Murdaughs have been a prominent legal family in the South Carolina Lowcountry for over a hundred years, and the case revealed several surprising revelations.
Murdaugh was sentenced on Friday morning to two life sentences in prison, with the sentences running consecutively. Murdaugh’s sentencing comes a day after the 54-year-old was found guilty of the murders of his wife, 52-year-old Maggie, and 22-year-old Paul.
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If you have been keeping up with the updates but want to explore the case in greater depth, several top documentaries dive deeper into the Murdaugh killings.
Netflix: Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal
Released on Netflix in late February, this three-part series focuses on the boat crash, double homicide, and attempted murder/suicide plot. Directed by Julia Willoughby Nason and Jenner Furst, the documentary features captivating interviews with individuals closely tied to the Murdaugh family, highlighting the personal toll of the tragedy and offering their unique perspectives on the events.
HBO MAX: Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty
For those seeking a more comprehensive insight into the Murdaughs’ dominance in the area and its impact on the legal system, the HBO documentary may be the ideal choice. In addition to extensive interviews with Mallory’s boyfriend Anthony Cook and other close witnesses, “Low Country” examines the family’s history of flouting rules and regulations and its impact on the surrounding community.
Peacock: American Greed: “The Decline of a Dynasty” and “A Legacy of Fraud”
This two-part inquiry provides a deeper understanding of the financial concerns that underlie the tragic events. While the use of re-enactments may not suit everyone’s preferences, these two episodes offer unparalleled insight into the 99 financial charges presently against Alex, in connection to the purported theft of $8.8 million.
Discovery +: Murdaugh Murders: Deadly Dynasty
A boat ride turns deadly for three young couples in coastal South Carolina and triggers a shocking series of events that threaten the all-powerful Murdaugh dynasty.— Investigation Discovery (@DiscoveryID) February 1, 2023
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This chronological examination starts with the 2019 boat collision and has never-before-seen footage from that day, including audio that was captured from the immediate police response. The documentary aims to show the “complex labyrinth of corruption” woven by Murdaugh and dives into further specifics about the attempted shooting along the road.
Although the three-part series was released in June 2022, a month before Murdaugh was accused of homicide, the documentary can only tentatively speculate about his involvement in the killings. Nevertheless, it offers a distinct perspective on the events that led up to the tragic deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.