Buster Murdaugh told his father Alex he was on luxurious Hilton Head Island in a phone call released after the disgraced legal descendant was jailed for murdering his wife and son.
A jury found Alex Murdaugh guilty of brutally fatally shooting his wife Maggie, 52, and their youngest son Paul, 22, on the family’s 1,800-acre hunting estate in Moselle, South Carolina, last night. on June 7, 2021.
He was sentenced to consecutive life terms for the savage murders.
Now, newly obtained footage of a 42-second phone call made between the jailed father and his surviving son on May 16 has been released.
He told his son Buster that he “loves him” and is “proud of him”, while hinting that he had been talking to his legal counsel while in prison.
Murdaugh killed his 22-year-old son, Paul, and his 52-year-old wife, Maggie (together center), at their Colleton County hunting lodge. The surviving son Buster is seen on the left
Murdaugh, 54, was convicted in March of murdering his own wife and son, and received two life sentences to serve in South Carolina state prison. Now, newly obtained footage of a 42-second phone call made between the jailed father and his surviving son on May 16 has been released.
Alex Murdaugh tells his son in the 5:38 p.m. call, posted by adapts to the news: ‘Hey dude’, to which Buster replies, ‘Hey, I don’t have much time. I just boarded a ferry back to Hilton Head Island from Daufuskie (Island)’.
The father continues: ‘Yeah I know, I’ve been trying to call you, I was supposed to call you while you were with Jim, uh, about this meeting. But anyway. How about you text him and tell him I’m trying to call him?’
Buster replied, ‘Mm-kay.’
‘Did he talk to you about that, about what (line crackles) I told him?’ Murdaugh asked.
‘No, I can’t understand you either,’ said Buster.
“Okay, okay… I’m going to, um, I’m going to leave a message for Jim and he’ll get back to you,” Murdaugh told his son.
Alex Murdaugh told his son, ‘I love you,’ and he replied, ‘Okay, I love you too.’
The father then said: ‘Proud of you’, to which his son replied: ‘Thank you.’ The phone then disconnects.
McCormick Correctional Facility where Alex Murdaugh is being held
Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh speaks to his legal team before being sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the murder of his wife and son.
Buster Murdaugh appears in court
It is understood that the “Jim” being referred to is likely Jim Griffin, Alex Murdaugh’s lead defense attorney at the trial.
Hilton Head Island is an area in South Carolina known for its beautiful beaches and golf courses.
Buster Murdaugh, who lost his mother and brother after their father killed them, will break his silence and speak to Fox Nation in a new exclusive docuseries on September 12.
During his trial, the disgraced Murdaugh, 54, whose family has wielded immense judiciary power in the region for three generations, lied to police officers about his alibi before making the sensational decision to take the stand where he changed his story so that fits the damning evidence. .
Just after 10 p.m. on June 7, 2021, Murdaugh called 911 and said through tears that he had discovered his wife and son shot outside the kennels on his property.
However, Murdaugh fired five shots at his wife with an automatic rifle before shooting his son in the head and chest with a different weapon to make it appear his barbaric murders were an ambush.
When the police arrived at the scene, the lawyer said that he had gone to visit his mother and returned to find that Maggie and Paul were dead.
As video evidence would later reveal, he was lying.
Prosecutors believe Murdaugh killed his wife and son because he feared his years of stealing millions of dollars from his law firm and clients would be exposed and his exalted standing in the community would collapse.
They said they hoped their deaths would make him a sympathetic figure and divert attention from missing money.