Here's Where the Murdaugh Murders Each Take Place
Content warning: This article contains references to murder some may find upsetting. Reader discretion is advised.
By now, Netflix's Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal has probably taken over your FYP. The new three-part docuseries tells the bonkers true crime story of five deaths in a six-year time period that are all connected to the prominent South Carolina family, the Murdaughs.
Only three of the five deaths have had any closure so far: 19-year-old Mallory Beach was killed in a 2019 boating accident when Paul Murdaugh, Alex Murdaugh's youngest son, drunkenly drove his boat that was carrying his friends into a piling. Everyone survived the crash except for Mallory, who suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and then drowned.
Alex's wife and son, Maggie and Paul, were shot to death at their home in 2021, and Alex is currently on trial for their murders.
The families of 19-year-old Stephen Smith who was rumored to be in a secret relationship with Alex's oldest son, Buster, and Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield — are still waiting for answers about their deaths.
All of these events happened in South Carolina, but where exactly did they take place?
The death of Mallory Beach happened in Beaufort, South Carolina, at Archers Creek Bridge. The bridge is about an hour's drive away from where the double homicide of Maggie and Paul took place.
On the docuseries, Miley Altman, one of the survivors of the boat crash, said, "I was looking at this bridge and I was like, 'We're about to hit this.'"
After the collision, Miley's boyfriend, Connor Cook, made the 911 call. The Netflix series played some of that call, including Connor telling the 911 operator he and his friends were "under the only bridge in Archers Creek."
Two years after the boating accident, Paul and Maggie were murdered on June 7, 2021, at their home in Islandton, South Carolina, in Colleton County, address 4147 Moselle Road, as said by Alex Murdaugh in the 911 call he made to authorities when he allegedly "found" the bodies of his wife and son. Netflix also played a part of that recording on Murdaugh Murders.
They were not killed in the house, but rather near the hunting lodge kennels on the family's large property. According to the Daily Mail, two of the Murdaughs' dogs were locked in the kennels when Maggie and Paul were executed.
Interestingly, House Beautiful reported the house on Moselle Road was put on the market in February 2022 and is currently under contract. The Crosby Land Company listed the massive, 1772 acres of property for $3.9 million. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house was custom built in 2011 and is 5,275 square feet. Moreover, there's a guest cottage on the property that is 1,140 square feet. You can also access the river. "The property boasts over 2.5 miles of river frontage, offering freshwater fishing, kayaking, and abundant deer, turkey, and waterfowl populations."
The listing pointed out some interesting highlights that come with the property, including a fully stocked fishpond and rifle shooting range.
What about the other two deaths mentioned on Murdaugh Murders? They both happened in South Carolina as well.
Stephen Smith's body was found on July 8, 2015 "in the middle of a rural highway in Hampton County [a county in South Carolina]," according to journalist Will Folks, who was interviewed for the docuseries. Unfortunately, how Stephen died "remains a mystery to this day," according to People; his murder has never been solved.
Three years after Stephen died, Gloria Satterfield, a housekeeper who had worked for the Murdaughs for over 20 years, was injured while working at the Murdaugh house on Moselle Road — the same place Paul and Maggie would eventually be found shot to death. Gloria later died from her injuries, which were supposedly from a trip and fall. It was reported in June 2022 that her body was going to be exhumed, but no updates on the exhumation are available at this time.
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