Murdaugh mystery deepens as murder cold case with ties to family reopens

The mom of a younger South Carolina man — whose mysterious 2015 death is being newly investigated within the wake of the June 7 double murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh — stated she’s suspicious of how the Murdaugh case is being dealt with.

“I think they’re setting up a fake crime scene just like they did with my son,” Sandy Smith, mom of the late Stephen Smith, instructed The Post from her house in rural South Carolina. “I’m not buying it. I seen how they handled what happened to Stephen.”

Smith was referring to an obvious flurry of exercise on the a part of surviving Murdaugh family members and Hampton, SC, authorities, after legislation enforcement initially went silent within the wake of the double murders, claiming there was no danger to the general public.

Maggie Murdaugh was shot to death close to the canine kennels on the grounds of the family’s hunting lodge. Also gunned down was her 22-year-old son, Paul, who was dealing with felony and civil fees within the boating demise of a 19-year-old lady on the time of his murder.

Paul’s father, Alex, discovered the our bodies round 10 p.m. on June 7. The victims had been shot multiple times, the coroner stated, ruling the deaths a double murder.

In latest days, police and the Murdaughs have arrange a tip line, announced a $100,000 reward for information main to the arrest of the killer — and leaked to native information shops that Maggie’s cellphone was allegedly found on a rural roadway a day after the murders.

“They’re trying to make it seem like it was some outside job,” Smith stated. It stays unclear who was chargeable for the killings and investigations are ongoing.

State Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Tommy Crosby stated it was not true that something within the total investigation is being made up.

Meanwhile, investigators for SLED instructed Smith final week they had been reopening the cold case of her son’s demise, which had been dealt with beforehand by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Smith’s son Stephen, who was homosexual, was discovered useless in the midst of a rural highway outdoors Hampton, SC, early within the morning on July 8, 2015. His cranium was partially crushed, there was a gap in his brow and his shoulder had been dislocated, in accordance to paperwork within the case and photographs his mom noticed.

Moselle — the rural Islandton, South Carolina, hunting lodge — where Paul is said to have been shot multiple times, allegedly with a shotgun.
Moselle — the agricultural Islandton, South Carolina, looking lodge — the place Paul Murdaugh is alleged to have been shot a number of instances, allegedly with a shotgun.
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Based on these discrepancies, Smith believes her son’s physique was intentionally positioned within the highway after he was murdered to make it appear like a hit-and-run accident — and that there could have been a conspiracy amongst native officers and probably the Murdaugh family to cowl up Stephen’s demise.

She additionally drew a comparability to the dealing with of the Murdaugh murders, pointing to the weird revelation about Maggie’s telephone being discovered on the highway.

Both Smith and former Highway Patrol investigator Todd Proctor, who oversaw the Smith case, beforehand instructed The Post that they consider Stephen could have been murdered — although the demise was initially dominated a hit-and-run accident — and that somebody from the Murdaugh family could have been concerned.

Stephen Smith cold case
Stephen Smith’s battered physique was discovered in the midst of a rural highway in Hampton, SC, on July 8, 2015.

Proctor said that he believes the younger man was overwhelmed to demise by somebody who then positioned the physique on the abandoned roadway.

“If you kill someone and put [their body] on the roadway and a car hits the body, you’ve just destroyed the [original] evidence,” Proctor stated. “No one will look any further. Now you get away with it. If you hide a body, there’s always the chance it’ll be found. In this case, though, a car came by but didn’t hit the body. The driver got out to see what it was instead.”

Many locals are loyal to the Murdaughs, particularly Maggie, and really feel her repute has been besmirched as a results of the media frenzy round her and Paul’s murders.

Murder victims Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son Paul.
Murder victims Maggie Murdaugh and her 22-year-old son Paul.

“She is the victim, having lost her son, being part of the slaughter at the farm, and [having] her world turned upside down,” one lady who claimed to know Maggie instructed The Post. “Have [people] ever thought of the terror she faced that night being dragged through the dark to the dog kennels to see the carnage?”

The lady stated it’s not possible to “understand Southern women” in case you are from the North.

“The silent grieving will soon end and there will be an eruption like Mt. Vesuvius … mark my words,” she added.

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