Buster Murdaugh rejects any suggestion he supports his father Alex Murdaugh

EXCLUSIVE: Tight-lipped Buster Murdaugh says he rejects any suggestion that he supports his father, legal scion Alex, who faces a total of 98 criminal charges for brutal slayings of his wife and younger son and botched suicide for hire plot

  • DailyMail.com questioned Richard ‘Buster’ Murdaugh, 26, on whether he supports his father Alex 
  • Alex Murdaugh, 54, is currently awaiting trial for the brutal slayings of his wife, Maggie, 52, and younger son, Paul, 22, in June 2021
  • The disgraced former attorney is facing a total of 98 criminal charges – four related to the double murders and others for a botched suicide for hire plot
  • Buster angrily rejected the suggestion that he is supporting his father, and said, ‘I don’t want to see it written anywhere that I’m supporting my father’
  • He is currently living in a modest $180,000 condo on Hilton Head Island with his longtime girlfriend, Brooklyn White
  • Buster was seen walking the couple’s two dogs – golden retriever, Miller, and a black Labrador

Buster Murdaugh has angrily rejected the suggestion that he is ‘supporting his father,’ DailyMail.com can reveal.

Richard ‘Alex’ Murdaugh, 54, is currently awaiting trial for the brutal slayings of his wife, Maggie, 52, and younger son, Paul 22.

The disgraced former attorney is facing a total of 98 criminal charges. Four are related to the murders of his wife and son. Some to a botched ‘suicide for hire plot,’ staged in a bid to see Buster claim is $10million life insurance policy.

The rest are for money laundering, fraud and embezzlement as he allegedly syphoned off $8.5million in unpaid civil settlements as a partner in the family’s Hampton based law firm.

Buster, 26, has remained tight lipped as his once illustrious family’s fortunes have publicly spiraled since his mother and brother were gunned down at the family’s former hunting estate of Moselle, Islandton, on June 7, 2021.

But when approached by DailyMail.com at the home he shares with long-term girlfriend Brooklyn White, also 26, in South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island, this week Murdaugh’s sole surviving heir gave the first glimpse into his mindset.

Responding emotionally to DailyMail.com’s enquiry, ‘Presumably you’re supporting your father?’ he replied, ‘You have no right to presume anything.’

And he was adamant as he said, ‘I don’t want to see it written anywhere that I’m supporting my father.’

Asked if he wished to make any other statement regarding his father’s innocence or guilt he said simply, ‘I have no interest in saying anything. I have no comment,’ before politely returning indoors.

DailyMail.com questioned Richard 'Buster' Murdaugh, 26, on whether he supports his father Alex Murdaugh. He was seen outside of his Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, home

DailyMail.com questioned Richard ‘Buster’ Murdaugh, 26, on whether he supports his father Alex Murdaugh. He was seen outside of his Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, home

Alex Murdaugh, 52, is accused of murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul last June at the family's home. He denies the killings

Alex Murdaugh, 52, is accused of murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul last June at the family’s home. He denies the killings 

Only Buster (right) remains alive and free while his mother and brother are dead, and father is in prison

Only Buster (right) remains alive and free while his mother and brother are dead, and father is in prison 

Buster angrily rejected the suggestion that he is supporting his father when questioned by DailyMail.com, and said, 'I don't want to see it written anywhere that I'm supporting my father'

Buster angrily rejected the suggestion that he is supporting his father when questioned by DailyMail.com, and said, ‘I don’t want to see it written anywhere that I’m supporting my father’

Buster was seen walking the couple's two dogs – golden retriever, Miller, and a black Labrador

Buster was seen walking the couple's two dogs – golden retriever, Miller, and a black Labrador

Buster was seen walking his two dogs – golden retriever, Miller, and a black Labrador

Buster is currently living in a modest $180,000 condo on Hilton Head Island with his longtime girlfriend, Brooklyn White

Buster is currently living in a modest $180,000 condo on Hilton Head Island with his longtime girlfriend, Brooklyn White

Earlier he was seen walking the couple’s two dogs – golden retriever, Miller, and a black Labrador.

The modest one-bedroom condominium in a quiet subdivision of Hilton Head Island with a gym, laundry and swimming pool, is just over an hour’s drive and a world away from the 1,700 acres that Buster and his family used to call home.

Buster's longtime girlfriend Brooklynn White (pictured) bought the property for $180,000 in July 2021, and they live there together with their golden retriever, Miller

Buster’s longtime girlfriend Brooklynn White (pictured) bought the property for $180,000 in July 2021, and they live there together with their golden retriever, Miller

White bought the property in 2021 and though it is not known when Buster moved in she was reportedly there to comfort him at the funerals of his mother and brother.

Today prosecutors claim they have ‘overwhelming evidence that Murdaugh murdered his wife and son with malice aforethought.’

That evidence is believed to include ‘high velocity impact spatter’ on Murdaugh’s clothing and audio and video recovered from Paul’s phone that shows a conversation taking place between his parents at Moselle at 8.44pm on the night of the murders.

Prosecutors have placed the times of death between 8.30pm and 10.06pm – just one minute before Murdaugh placed his apparently frantic 911 call.

It has also emerged that Murdaugh was questioned at his law firm Peters Murdaugh Parker Elztroth & Detrick (PMPED) about financial irregularities the very day the killings took place. (The firm has since rebranded as the Parker Law Group LLC).

It is 17 months since, Murdaugh told police he had ‘found’ the bodies of his youngest son and wife by the hunting estate’s kennels when, he claimed, he returned home from visiting his mother around 10pm.

In audio of the 911 call, placed at 10.07pm, that night he can be heard telling the dispatcher in a high-pitched screech, ‘I need the police and an ambulance immediately. My wife and child were just shot badly.’

Maggie and Paul were found shot dead on the family's property in June 2021. Alex called 911 at around 10pm claiming he'd just found them. Prosecutors say that's a lie

Maggie and Paul were found shot dead on the family’s property in June 2021. Alex called 911 at around 10pm claiming he’d just found them. Prosecutors say that’s a lie 

Maggie and Paul were found shot dead near these dog kennels on the family's home in Islandton, South Carolina

Maggie and Paul were found shot dead near these dog kennels on the family’s home in Islandton, South Carolina 

Paul's body was found partially inside one of the kennels, while his mother was several feet away, leading investigators to believe that she ran from her killer before being felled, sources claim

Paul’s body was found partially inside one of the kennels, while his mother was several feet away, leading investigators to believe that she ran from her killer before being felled, sources claim 

Paul, 22, was shot twice with a shotgun – once in the head and once in the chest. Maggie had been shot multiple times with an assault rifle.

According to several sources, Paul’s body was found partially inside one of the kennels, while his mother was several feet away, leading investigators to believe that she ran from her killer before being felled.

If the dogs barked that night, they did so in vain.

Murdaugh (pictured in his mugshot) waited one hour before calling 911 to report his wife and son dead, prosecutors say

Murdaugh (pictured in his mugshot) waited one hour before calling 911 to report his wife and son dead, prosecutors say

In the immediate aftermath of the horrific discoveries Murdaugh’s family and attorneys were robust in their defense of the man and his marriage.

But one source familiar with the household told DailyMail.com that Maggie and Murdaugh’s marriage was a union in crisis.

Rumors that Murdaugh was having an affair with a fellow attorney have been widely circulated both locally and online.

And according to the source who spoke with DailyMail.com there was ‘no love lost’ between the couple. In fact, the source said, in the months before her violent death, Maggie and Murdaugh had argued heatedly over finances.

Maggie, a stalwart of the South Carolina charity scene, had been socially embarrassed when a check written by her at a charity luncheon bounced. It was just one of many incidents that saw her not only asking questions about the family’s finances but demanding answers.

FITSNews reported that Maggie was living separately from Murdaugh at the family’s home in Edisto Beach and that she had only gone to Moselle on the night of her death ‘reluctantly’ and on Murdaugh’s request.

People magazine reported that she had gone to see a divorce lawyer in the weeks before her murder prompting speculation that she was threatening to call in a forensic accountant.

At the same time Murdaugh was under extreme pressure to cough up his financial records as part of a wrongful death suit being brought against him and his older son ‘Buster’ by the family of Mallory Beach – the teenager killed in an horrific boat crash in 2019.

The disgraced former attorney is facing a total of 98 criminal charges - four related to the double murders and others for a botched suicide for hire plot

The disgraced former attorney is facing a total of 98 criminal charges – four related to the double murders and others for a botched suicide for hire plot 

Paul was drunk and at the wheel of the boat when it slammed into pilings on Archers Creek with six teens – all underage, all drinking heavily – aboard. Beach, 19, was thrown from the vessel and her body found by two fishermen one week later, five miles from the site. Her cause of death was blunt force trauma and drowning. 

Legal documents seen by DailyMail.com show that lawyers for Beach’s family had repeatedly pressed Murdaugh for financial disclosure and a court deadline of June 9 – just two days after Maggie and Paul’s murders – had been set for him to hand over all relevant paperwork.

Back then only Murdaugh knew that he was neck-deep in debts and what, prosecutors allege, was a multi-million-dollar insurance fraud scheme and criminal enterprise.

In the months following Maggie and Paul’s deaths investigators uncovered a litany of crime and insurance fraud that have seen them reopen two suspicious deaths linked to the family – former housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, 56, who fell after a ‘trip and fall’ at Moselle in 2018 and local teen, Stephen Smith, 19.

Satterfield’s sons were defrauded out of a $4.3million wrongful death suit brought against Murdaugh on his own advice and with the promise that they would be taken care of.

Instead, Murdaugh syphoned off the funds for himself, allegedly with the help of Corey Fleming, the former USC roommate and fellow attorney whom he recommended Satterfield’s boys’ use. Fleming has also been charged for his part in the scheme.

SLED has received permission from Satterfield’s family to have her body exhumed after Hampton County Coroner, Angie Topper, asked investigators to look at Satterfield’s death again due to ‘inconsistencies.’

These included the fact that her office was never informed meaning no autopsy was conducted and that the manner of death given on the death certificate – ‘natural’ – was not consistent with a trip and fall.

A South Carolina judge is to hear three separate motions on Friday that have been filed by the Sattersfield sons together with the mother of Mallory Beachm pictured, who was killed in a boat crash in 2019 when a 'highly drunk' Paul Murdaugh - Alex Murdaugh's son - plowed his father's boat into a piling on Archer's Creek resulting in her death

Mallory Beach was one of six teenagers on board Murdaugh’s boat in 2019 when a ‘highly drunk’ Paul Murdaugh – Alex Murdaugh’s son – plowed his father’s boat into a piling on Archer’s Creek resulting in her death 

According to the suit, 'Paul Murdaugh, although a minor, would often drink to the point of intoxication and was known to operate family vehicles, including boats, while under the influence of alcohol'. The Murdaugh's are pictured

According to the suit, ‘Paul Murdaugh, although a minor, would often drink to the point of intoxication and was known to operate family vehicles, including boats, while under the influence of alcohol’. The Murdaugh’s are pictured 

Similarly, the manner of Smith’s death is once again the subject of investigation. The 19-year-old’s body was found on a road in Hampton County in July 2015 with a head wound so devastating that investigators first thought he had been shot. 

DailyMail.com revealed that the incident was in fact initially investigated as a homicide but recategorized as a hit and run in the face of strong opposition from the lead investigator who was one of the first officers on the scene and found no evidence of any vehicular involvement.

Meanwhile Murdaught has publicly flailed claiming addiction to opioids and briefly entering a rehab facility in Florida following his bizarre and failed ‘suicide for hire’ bid.

But a subsequent plea to return to rehab to await trial there did not find favor with the court and Murdaugh is currently being held in Alvin S Glenn detention center in Richland County on a $7million bond.

His trial for the murders of his wife and son is set to begin in Colleton County Court January 23, 2023.

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