Alex Murdaugh Biography

Alex Murdaugh is an American Lawyer who is currently taking medical treatment after he has been shot in the head. His family has been running their own law firm for a very long time and three months earlier, his wife along with his son was mysteriously killed in a shootout.

After this incident, the Murdaugh Murder case which is still unsolved took a huge twist and probably became the talk of the town as well. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Alex is the main suspect in this incident as he was trying to get an insurance policy amount but he survived the shootout.

Early Life

As per the online records, Alex Murdaugh was born on 17th June 1968 in Hampton County, South Carolina, United States of America. His parents are Randolph Murdaugh and Elizabeth “Libby” Alexander. He also has a brother named Randy Murdaugh and a sister Lynn Murdaugh. At a young age, he enjoyed spending time with his family and also decided to follow the legacy of the family business. Alex completed his high school studies at Wade Hampton High School. Later for his higher studies, he went to the University of South Carolina. Over there he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Alex Murdaugh Career

Alex began his career after studying in the field of law. He started working as a lawyer as he earned a Juris doctorate as well. As he has not shared much of his career details on his LinkedIn profile as well. He serves as a part-time prosecutor for the 14th judicial circuit, which was run by his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. As a lawyer, he represents injured people in all areas of personal injury law. He began working with the Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick Law Firm. We can see that he has worked on many cases lately but recently he faced many family troubles. Due to this, he isn’t seen working much.

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On 24th February 2019, his boat crashed which led to the death of Mallory Beach. His son was allegedly one of the six intoxicated under-aged people on the boat. On 17th June 2021, his wife and son were found dead as they were fatally shot. They were found at their estate in Colleton County, South Carolina. On 6th August 2021, the charges were dropped against Paul related to Beach’s death which was filed due to the boat incident. The same year, on 4th September he was driving to Charleston, South Carolina when he stopped to check for some issues in his car.

When was checking on Salkehatchie Road in Yemassee, South Carolina a truck was passing by and the driver shot him in the head. Recently in the same years, he was also shot in the head but survived and is recovering at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The update about his condition is under the limelight by his lawyer Jim Griffin.

Conviction of killing Maggie Murdaugh

Alex was found guilty of the murder of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and their son, Paul (22), in June 2021. The shocking double murder occurred on June 7, 2021, and Alex was convicted of two weapons charges. Buster testified to support the attorney’s father in February 2023 when Alex pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. The trial was accompanied by widespread media attention and several documentaries, including a three-part series called Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty. 

It premiered on HBO Max in November 2022 and a Netflix true crime docuseries called Murdaugh Murders, which began streaming on February 22, 2023, chronicled the case. PEOPLE said he killed his wife and son Paul in 2021 and had many felonies or changes in his name. Buster Murdaugh (26) is the sole surviving son of Alex and his wife, Maggie. He tore at various points while being testified in court and said his father could never hurt anyone and let the family live alone.

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Alex Murdaugh Wife

The New York Post reported that Maggie Murdaugh’s (52) parents, Terry and Kennedy Branstetter, were high school sweethearts. A childhood friend shared that Maggie was raised in a traditional Southern household where the emphasis was on finding a good husband rather than pursuing an education. The friend recalled their high school days when they had their own groups and engaged in partying and drinking. However, Maggie’s aspirations aligned with what she was taught, which was the Southern dream for a girl – completing college was a possibility. Still, the main goal was to start a family, eventually find a husband, and become a mother.

Alex Murdaugh Biography

Real Name Alex Murdaugh
Birth Date June 17, 1968
Age (as of 2023) 54 Years
Birth Place Hampton County, South Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Profession lawyer
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 4” – in Centimeters – 193 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 89 kg  –  in Pounds –  196 lbs
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Average


Father Randolph Murdaugh
Mother Elizabeth Alexander
Sister Lynn Murdaugh
Brother Randy Murdaugh


School Wade Hampton High School
College University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina School of Law

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Wife Maggie Murdaugh
Children Two (Paul & Buster Murdaugh)

Relationship with his wife

According to the New York Post, Alex killed Maggie even though they were leading very separate lives. Maggie was residing in a cottage in Edisto Beach, S.C. While Alex was staying at a hunting lodge in Islandton. In November 2021, a source close to the family informed the Daily Mail that their marriage was in turmoil. They stated that Alex and Maggie did not behave like a married couple and showed no signs of affection towards each other. The source also mentioned that there was no love between them.

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But Maggie was a committed and affectionate mother to her two sons

Following the alleged crime, a family acquaintance spoke to the New York Post and shared that Maggie’s life revolved around her sons, Paul and Buster. According to Bubba Mixson, who is a close friend of the family, Maggie was deeply committed to her children, attending every school event and prioritizing their well-being above all else. Bubba praised Maggie for her kind and friendly nature, stating that she was a wonderful person who never failed to leave a positive impression on those she met.

Maggie was considering getting a divorce ahead of her murder

According to PEOPLE, it was reported that Maggie had consulted a divorce attorney only six weeks before her unfortunate death. A source familiar with the investigation informed the magazine that she had a single meeting with the attorney and was examining her financial and marital assets in preparation for a potential separation. The insider mentioned that previously she didn’t focus much on the family’s finances or their sources of income, but she was now beginning to investigate them. This was reported in September 2021.

Alex Murdaugh Net Worth

Alex Murdaugh has earned a lot from his life as a lawyer as he lived a lavish lifestyle. His salary was estimated at more than $50,000. According to sources his net worth has been estimated at around $300,000.


  • He grew up in Hampton and holds American nationality.
  • Tommy Crosby a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division took care of the shooting of his wife and son.
  • He is the owner of 17 foot Sea Hunt Centre console boat.
  • His boat crashed in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
  • A Passenger on the boat told the Department of Natural Resources Officer that his son was driving the boat.
  • He pledged a $100,000 reward for the information that led to a conviction against whoever killed his wife and son.

10 thoughts on “Alex Murdaugh Biography”

  1. I must be the only one believing he did not do this. The motive was not strong enough. This was a white lynching. Yes, he did a lot wrong but not enough to kill his wife & son. I feel the murderers are out there laughing now. Some young person who planned this out to get him back for the murder of the girl from the boating accident & his wife got in the way. She could of identifed his murderer because they were his son’s friends.

    • I think you’re wrong. Being addicted to opiates, the over the top paranoia of addicts could have caused him to try and eliminate his perceived problems. A junkie freaking out and killing his family. If Buster had been there he could be dead now too.

    • I am also a believer that this man did not commit the crime he is going to serve time for. The killer or killers are rallying and partying at this poor man’s digrace. God will have the final word. May God bless him as he is punished. I

  2. Today, March 3, 2023, Alex Mardaugh was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted yesterday, March 2, 2023 for the murder of his wife and son. So how does his recent pledge of $100,000 for information leading to the conviction of his wife and son work. Does he still receive that $100,000 from himself or does he not qualify for that pledge since he is family?

    • The reward should go to the son, Paul, that Murdaugh murdered in cold blood. It was Paul’s video at the dog kennel that convinced the jury. So it’s a moot point on the reward.

  3. He is innocent, motive not strong enough to charge him. He shouldn’t have testified and should’ve had a better legal team.
    A paralegal could’ve done a better job. His attorneys were too old and stumbled over words.
    Attorneys are like professional athletes; youth and a sharper, quick minds was needed here.
    His lawyers didn’t object when needed and how did they allow prior bad acts into the record?
    He will die before appellate issues heard.
    Alex get comfy and get a job in the law library asap.

  4. He stored the weapons, He lured his family back to the properties knowing they would not leave there alive. Then he told atrocious lies to coverup his whereabouts at the time they were murdered. He was the only one present for his family and housekeeper’s death. Do the math!

  5. I agree with Patricia, there is no way Alec did this to his wife and son. The money motive was not nearly enough and this was a brutal, violent killing of this family. No way he did this.

  6. IMO his wife was the intended target because of the impending divorce, his son was in the wrong place at the wrong time, he’s guilty. Will we ever know the truth.

  7. He killed his son because his drunken son caused a huge lawsuit against him. Then he killed his wife because she witness it. Remember he killed his son first. His back was already against the wall from all the crimes over the years, and for his son to add this kind of pressure was more than he could bare. Ladies and gentlemen fact is, too much pressure will burst a steal pipe. Now go and relax a bit!!


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