- Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of the murders of his wife and youngest son on Thursday.
- The case has brought renewed scrutiny to the Murdaugh family.
- The deaths of three people may have ties to the Murdaughs, including two cases that remain open.
The former South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of the murders of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and youngest son, Paul Murdaugh, on Thursday after a 2 ½-hour jury deliberation.
The trial was six weeks long, garnered international headlines, and spawned a three-part Neflix docuseries.
But the case against the prominent former Hampton County attorney has also brought fresh scrutiny to the Murdaugh family from investigators.
Since the death of Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son on June 7, 2021, authorities are examining a case involving the death of a 19-year-old student and exhumed the body of the family’s longtime housekeeper.
In addition, the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach, who died in a boat crash in 2019 while Paul Murdaugh was at the helm of the vehicle, remains unresolved. The Murdaugh son was expected to stand trial just days before he was killed.
These are the three cases that remain unsolved.
Stephen Smith, 19, July 2015
Stephen Smith, a 19-year-old nursing student at the time, was found dead in the middle of the road on July 8, 2015, Bluffton Today reported.
Detectives initially believed Smith may have been hit on the head by the side-view mirror of a semitruck in a hit-and-run incident. Smith’s death certificate stated that the cause of death was severe blunt-force trauma to the head, the local newspaper reported.
In interviews with the highway patrol, some people began to direct investigators’ attention toward the Murdaughs, ABC News 4 reported, though the Smith family’s attorney, Andy Savage, told the outlet that he does not believe the death is connected to the Murdaughs.
A few weeks after the death of Murdaugh’s wife and son in June 2021, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said that it had reopened an investigation into the Smith’s death “based upon information gathered during the course of the double murder investigation of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh,” People reported.
Gloria Satterfield, February 2018
Gloria Satterfield, 57, served as the Murdaugh family housekeeper and nanny for more than two decades before she died in 2018 following a fall at their home.
Emergency services responded to the home following Satterfield’s fall, but her death was never reported to the coroner and no autopsy was immediately performed, according to WJCL-22.
Michael Satterfield, Gloria’s son, testified during Murdaugh’s trial and said the disgraced attorney never told her family that he had collected more than $4 million in insurance settlements following her death.
In June, South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division said that it would exhume the body of Satterfield to search for more clues, The Greenville News reported.
Mallory Beach, February 2019
Mallory Beach, 19, died in a 2019 boat accident connected to the family. Investigators believe that Alex Murdaugh’s murdered son, Paul Murdaugh, was driving the family boat during a night of partying with friends on Beaufort River.
Law-enforcement officials arrived on the scene and said the underage partiers were crying, saying one of their friends was missing following the crash.
Paul Murdaugh’s blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit, hospital staff said, according to CBS News. He was later charged with several felonies and pleaded not guilty, but he was murdered days before he could stand trial.
Correction: March 3, 2023 — An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the son Alex Murdaugh killed.