Buster Murdaugh, the only surviving son of Alex Murdaugh, who was sentenced to life in jail Friday for murdering his spouse and son, was calm and stoic throughout the trial and when he testified on behalf of his father.
However the 26-year-old has a wilder aspect that was on show simply two months after his household was massacred, in response to somebody who is aware of the household.
The supply informed The Publish that Alex, his brother Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh IV, different members of the PMPED regulation agency and Buster confirmed up on the annual South Carolina Affiliation for Justice conference in Hilton Head in August 2021 and most of them obtained “very drunk.”
Whereas it was beforehand reported that Randy and Buster have been there, the supply stated he noticed Alex, who was president of the group in 2016, there as effectively.
“They confirmed up en masse, and plenty of them obtained very drunk, together with Buster,” the supply stated. “It obtained unhealthy sufficient that a few of us needed to depart and go upstairs to get away from them. We didn’t need to wind up in some brawl below a pile of Murdaughs.”
“It was sort of shocking to see,” he added. “Your complete household has simply been slaughtered and try to be frightened about assassins lurking round each nook however as a substitute you’re whooping it up and ingesting.”
Buster was additionally photographed together with his uncle John Marvin Murdaugh at a playing desk in Las Vegas in October 2021. He later complained to his father in a jailhouse name that his image had been taken, and Alex suggested him to “begin carrying a hat” in public.
Alex Murdaugh, the 54-year-old scion of a robust authorized dynasty, was discovered responsible of killing his spouse, Maggie, and 22-year-old son, Paul, on the household canine kennels at their nation lodge, Moselle, on June 7, 2021.
Buster — aka Richard Alexander Murdaugh Jr., named after his father and great-grandfather — lives together with his lawyer girlfriend, Brooklynn White, in a $180,000 rental that she owns in Hilton Head, SC.
He met White on the College of South Carolina Regulation Faculty, his father’s alma mater. Buster had been a regulation pupil there as effectively till he was expelled, allegedly over a plagiarism incident, the Wall Road Journal reported on the time. Native outlet, The Publish and Courier reported that “the household had paid a well-connected Columbia lawyer, Butch Bowers, some $60,000 to assist safe Buster’s readmittance.”
His future is considered as particularly unsure as a result of many individuals in Hampton County, SC, the place the Murdaughs are from, consider he could know one thing concerning the 2015 dying of Stephen Smith.
“Buster is subsequent … your son is subsequent, Alex!” yelled an onlooker as Alex Murdaugh was led to a police van after his sentencing Friday morning.
The individual seemingly was referring to the continuing South Carolina Regulation Enforcement Division (SLED) investigation and prolonged rumors surrounding Buster’s attainable involvement in Smith’s dying.
Stephen’s physique was discovered on a rural highway in Hampton County, just a few miles from the Murdaugh searching lodge the place Maggie and Paul Murdaugh have been murdered in June 2021.
His cranium was partially crushed, there was a gap in his brow and his shoulder had been dislocated, in response to paperwork within the case and photographs his mom, Sandy Smith, noticed.
Each Smith and former Freeway Patrol investigator Todd Proctor, who oversaw the Smith case, beforehand informed The Publish that they consider Stephen could have been murdered — although the dying was initially dominated a hit-and-run accident.
Smith has lengthy been vocal about her perception that the Murdaugh household, together with Buster, could have had some tie to Stephen’s dying.