I am not a detective nor do I portray one on television. I am, however, somewhat taken with true crime stories and find myself streaming true crime stories on television quite often.
This past week I took it to another level and downloaded the Court TV app because of the Alex Murdaugh trial that is currently going on. I have spent more than a few hours tuned in this past week while I did other things. If you are not aware of who Alex Murdaugh is and what is going on in South Carolina this is it in a nutshell.
Murdaugh, 54, is accused of killing his wife, Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul, at their home in June 2021 where the once-prominent attorney’s career and finances were crumbling right before his eyes. Murdaugh, whose family played a significant role in tiny Hampton County for generations, has denied any role in the fatal shootings.
I have listened to a podcast, Murdaugh Murders Podcast,, from its very first episode simply because this case is so unbelievable. While the “innocent until proven guilty” idea exists in our land, it is also difficult to wrap my head around all of the inconsistencies and out and out lies that seem to surface time and time again in this case.
The murders were grizzly and shocking and if that isn’t enough there are other things that are linked to the family including Murdaugh’s misappropriation of monies as well as being shot himself. Each day there has been more presented that is new evidence and I think that this trial is going to go on for a long time.
I am glad I am not on the jury, that is for sure.
I have so many questions. If he did truly commit these crimes, how on earth could he shoot his own wife and son? If he is innocent, as he states, WHO is responsible? All I know is that two people are dead and this family will never be the same. It’s incredibly sad.
I don’t think my viewing this is unhealthy and maybe obsession is an overstatement but it got your attention, didn’t it?
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Definitely a family with a lot of problems…
Yes, it did. I’m interested in a similar true crime story, this time about the Chillicothe Six, women who were murdered near here many years ago. The author of the book, Betty (incredible, btw), wrote it, and I think the book reads much like poetry. I’m interested to see what she does with it. So much of what I’m seeing these days is what’s being called the Appalachian Gothic (and heck, I’m even writing in that style and didn’t know it!!), so it’s intriguing to me. Right now I’m with the vampires (don’t judge, but I needed some science fiction since reality was getting too weird here with the threat of a prison in our neighborhood!), and who better than Edward Cullen to take me away?! Lol!!!! Enjoy!
My youngest is into true crime stuff as well. I can only stomach it for so long and then have to take a breather. This case is definitely a doozy.
LIke Susi K, I can only stomach true crime for so long. Partly I feel this way because a dear friend’s father was murdered and, well, that makes an emotional impact.
I have been following this trial on the news. It is very sad.
I understand that watching true crime shows is a real thing, there’s a whole following of people. I had no idea, but it came up while we were in DC last September…turns out almost everyone at our table was into it. It’s not my thing…I have trouble listening or watching them.
Beware! When another blogger I follow started watching crime shows, it turned out to be the early stages of a Detective Novel!