Alex Murdaugh Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Networth, Marriage, Children, Cases and Convictions


Alex Murdaugh in court

Alex Murdaugh Also known by his full name (Richard Alexander Murdaugh), is an American-based district attorney and a member of the Murdaugh family, an American legal family in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. He was one of those who were in charge of criminal cases, especially in the cases in the state’s 14th circuit district.

He was born on the 17th of June 1968 in South Carolina, United States and he is currently 55 years in 2023 as of the time of writing this article and will be 56 in 2024.

He was one of the founders of the nationally recognized civil litigation law firm in Hampton, South Carolina, which specializes in personal injury litigation. Which also includes areas such as product liabilities, trucking cases, and wrongful passing away (death) of people. Alex served as a part-time prosecutor which was formerly run by some of the members of his family (grandfather and great-grandfather) for over a century.

He has been involved in a series of cases and allegations and he later pleaded to be guilty in most of the cases and allegations labeled against him. On the 3rd of March, 2023 Alex was heavily sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted for the murder of both his lawful wife Maggie and child.


Alex Murdaugh was conspicuously a well-educated fellow just like every member of his family. He had his primary and secondary education at Hampton high school where he acquired his high school certificate.. he furthered his education at the University of South Carolina where he bagged a bachelor of Art (BA) degree in political science and also went to the University of South Carolina school of law where he bagged a degree in law making him a certified attorney. He was called to the South Carolina Bar in November 1994 and has been practicing law ever since then. He also earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  


Alex Murdaugh is a certified political scientist and a lawyer by profession but he has been more açtive as a legal practitioner than politics. He was the legal adviser in charge of the Peters Murdaugh Patrick Eltzroth & Detrick, a firm owned by his family. As an attorney, he has been in charge of several cases until the day he was convicted. Before his conviction, he was barred from practicing legally in South Carolina.

Net worth

Alex murdaugh’s net Worth is estimated to be around $1 to $2 million dollars which he made as a legal practitioner.


Alex Murdaugh was married to Maggie Murdaugh. According to records they were said to have dated for a while and then got married to each other. They got married to each other on August 14, 1993, Alex is one year older than her wife Maggie. Before his wife was murdered by gunshot, she gave birth to two boys Paul and burster. She died at the age of 53 years. 


As we’ve pointed out previously Alex has two children paul and burster, paul was murdered alongside his murder in an unknown gun attack which was later said to have been made by his father for a reason best known to him.

Cases and Convictions

For over 9 years, starting from 2014, Alex Murdaugh and other members of his family have been the subject of multiple investigations and Convictions involving a series of felonies pointed against him. 

All the legal issues that were associated with his name include wrongful death, murder, corruption, and other alleged crimes, including insurance fraud, defrauding clients, theft of insurance payouts, and drug and alcohol-related charges.

According to Wiki publications, Alex was under serious investigation and Convictions by the South Carolina law enforcement division for the following cases;

Death of Stephen Smith, a 19-year-old nursing student at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, who was found dead on July 8, 2015, from blunt force trauma on a rural road in Hampton County. Alex later found a cunning way to close the case because his son was directly involved in it. However, the case was later reopened in June 2021 after the death of Alexi’s wife Maggie, and child Peter. 

Death of Gloria Satterfield

Alex was accused of corrupt practices, theft, and fraud in the death of his former housekeeper Gloria Satterfield.

Late Gloria Satterfield was a longtime housekeeper to the Murdaugh family who suffered a severe head injury after falling from a staircase at the Murdaugh family estate on February 2, 2018, and died a few weeks later on February 26, 2018, from some medical complications including stroke. After her death, her two sons were compensated with an insurance settlement of $4.3 million dollars for the death of their dear mother, which according to multiple indictments, was said to have been stolen by Alex Murdaugh through conspiracy with his cohorts; Chad Westendorf, and attorney Cory Fleming. The theft was successfully carried out after diverting the insurance payout to Alex’s bank account, then not informing the Satterfield’s sons that the insurance settlement had occurred. The case was reopened in 2022 after careful investigation.

Death of Mallory Beach

Alex Murdaugh was accused of special treatment for trying to cover up a case associated with his son Paul in a boating accident.

Paul was charged with three counts charges in the death of his friend Mallory Beach over a boating accident and his blood count was found to contain alcohol three times more than the normal limit for operating a machine. Despite the fact that he pleaded to be guilty he wasn’t sentenced to any form of legal punishment. This led to the speculation that paul his younger son had received special treatment by virtue of his family connections

Assisted suicide insurance fraud scheme

One of Alex’s cases lingered till he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the case of assisted suicide insurance fraud scheme.

He connived with his distant relative Curtis Edward Smith to kill him in the roadside shooting so that his remaining son Buster would receive a $10 million life insurance payout. Smith was charged with assisted suicide, aggravated assault and battery, and insurance fraud. He later open up that He was motivated by a mistaken belief that his son Buster would not receive the insurance money if he committed suicide.

Murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh

On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh called police from his cell phone at 10:06 p.m., saying he had discovered the bodies of 22-year-old son Paul and 52-year-old wife Maggie near the dog kennels at the family’s hunting lodge located on a 1,772-acre estate in Islandton, South Carolina.[1] Both had been shot multiple times and with different weapons. Alex initially reported that at the time of the killings (around 9 p.m. it was later determined), he had been with his mother, who has dementia.

At the time of the murders, Maggie was estranged from Alex and living away from him at their beach home on Edisto Island. Investigations revealed that weeks earlier Maggie had consulted a divorce lawyer in Charleston to discuss ending her marriage to Alex.

Police reports indicate that Alex had called Maggie to meet him at the lodge. He also proposed that the two of them would travel together from there to see his father, Randolph, who was terminally ill. Maggie did not want to go to the lodge and suggested they meet at a public place. Maggie texted a friend saying Alex sounded “fishy” and was “up to something”. Nevertheless, at Alex’s insistence, she drove to the lodge. After parking her car at the house, she walked to the dog kennels where she found her son Paul. This was the location where Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s bodies were later found.

In October 2021, it was revealed that SLED had regarded Alex as a person of interest in the homicides since the start of the investigation. A South Carolina lawmaker described SLED chief Mark Keel as a “straight arrow” who wanted to have an airtight case, “He knows he’s up against the good old boys who will bury him if he gets the tiniest thing wrong. He’s not dropping anything until he’s absolutely sure.”[better source needed]

In July 2022, the Colleton County Grand Jury issued an indictment charging Alex Murdaugh with two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the deaths of his wife, Maggie, and his son, Paul. The indictment says Alex shot his wife with a rifle and his son with a shotgun.

Sources close to the investigation said that high-velocity blood spatter on Alex’s clothing, as well as cellphone footage, had placed Murdaugh at the scene when his wife and son were shot dead.[93] Prosecutors suggested a motive where Murdaugh sought a distraction from his financial crimes which were beginning to go public and to garner sympathy. “Ultimately, the murders served as Murdaugh’s means to shift the focus away from himself and buy himself some additional time to try and prevent his financial crimes from being uncovered, which—if revealed—would result in personal, legal, and financial ruin for Murdaugh. Alex pleaded not guilty.

In June 2021, Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son Paul were murdered. Alex was charged with their murders. Alex was also accused of embezzlement from his law firm, from which he resigned in September 2021. After being incarcerated since October 2021, the murder trial of Alex Murdaugh began in January 2023 and Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering his wife and son on March 2, 2023. He was sentenced to two life sentences in prison on March 3, 2023. 

Other charges that were brought against him are as follows;

  • Allegations of embezzlement from the dead
  • Charges, lawsuits, and sanctions
  • Beach wrongful death lawsuit
  • Forge Consulting lawsuit
  • Santis-Cristiani lawsuit
  • Nine criminal charges of tax evasion
  • Three criminal charges murder-for-hire suicide scheme
  • 88 criminal charges for embezzlement and other fraud
  • Asset custody
  • Physical custody
  • Two criminal charges for narcotics distribution


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