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911 call captures moment legal dynasty heir sobs after finding wife & son dead

R. Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh was shaken and falling into crying fits when he dialed 911 after returning to his family’s 1,700-acre hunting home last month to find both his wife and son shot to death.

The affluent South Carolina attorney informed the dispatcher that he came home to find the bullet-riddled bodies of Maggie Murdaugh, 52, their 22-year-old son Paul, lying in one of his kennels.

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On June 7, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, their 22-year-old son Paul, were found shot to death by R. Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh who called 911
South Carolina legal heir R. Alexander "Alex" Murdaugh informed a 911 dispatcher that he came home and found the shot bodies in the kennels

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South Carolina legal heir R. Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh informed a 911 dispatcher that he came home and found the shot bodies in the kennelsCredit: Facebook Maggie Murdaugh

Both were shot multiple times, authorities confirmed at the time. 

“I been up to it now – it’s bad,” a distressed Murdaugh said during the 10:07pm call on June 7 with a Colleton County dispatcher.

He was referring to the horrifying sight of his dead family members.

The footage was first reported by fitsnews.com who filed for the release of the “digitally redacted” 6 1/2-minute by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

Murdaugh’s an attorney and heir to Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Derrick – one of South Carolina’s most affluent legal dynasties and founded by his great-grandfather back in 1910, according to the firm’s website.

His biography details that Murdaugh also serves as a “part-time prosecutor for the 14th district” – which includes Colleton County.

The Murdaugh family was already under duress at the time of the double murders as Paul Murdaugh was facing charges he was under the influence in the 2019 boating death of teenager Mallory Beach.

“Okay and are they breathing?” the dispatcher asked Murdaugh.

“No ma’am,” Murdaugh replied.

“And you said it’s your wife and your son?” Fraser asked.

“It’s my wife and my son,” Murdaugh answered.

While Murdaugh was early on named as a “person of interest” so far no authorities have made no arrests and there haven’t been any suspects identified, fitsnews.com confirmed. 

SLED confirmed the case remains “ongoing.” 

During the recorded call, when Murdaugh was questioned if the bodies were in a car, he explained: “No ma’am they’re on the ground out at my kennels.”

As the echoes of dog barks can be heard in the distance the dispatcher prompted Murdaugh if he knew whether either his wife or son was still alive. 

“No, nobody’s breathing,” he said through tears.

After he gathered some composure, Murdaugh was prompted about what he saw and if anything was out of the ordinary. 

“Okay, did you hear anything,” the dispatcher quizzed the man. “Or did you come home and find them?”

“No ma’am I’ve been gone,” he said, again breaking down. “I just came back.”

“Okay and was anyone else supposed to be at your house?” the dispatcher asked him.

“No ma’am,” Murdaugh told her. “Please hurry.”

The dispatcher urges the patriarch to hold off having any contact with his son and wife. 

“I don’t want you to touch them at all okay,” the dispatcher tells him. “I don’t know if you’ve already touched them but I don’t want you to touch them just in case they can get any kind of evidence, okay?” 

But Murdaugh said he already touched both bodies. 

“I already touched them trying to get a – um – trying to see if they were breathing,” he said. 

“Okay – well I just don’t want you to move anything just in case they can get any kind of evidence, okay?” he was told by the dispatcher.

Murdaugh then abruptly ends the call telling the dispatcher he had other calls to make.

He said: “Ma’am I need to call some of my family.”

Andrew Murdaugh told the dispatcher during the 911 call he touched the bodies of his wife and son to determine if they were still breathing

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Andrew Murdaugh told the dispatcher during the 911 call he touched the bodies of his wife and son to determine if they were still breathingCredit: Facebook Maggie Murdaugh
Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial in the fatal boat crash that killed Mallory Beach

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Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial in the fatal boat crash that killed Mallory BeachCredit: S.C. Attorney General’s Office
The Murdaugh family's Colleton County hunting property where the mother and son were found shot to death

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The Murdaugh family’s Colleton County hunting property where the mother and son were found shot to deathCredit: AP

 



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