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For nearly 100 years, one family traded influence and held power in the South Carolina lowcountry until a fatal boat crash involving an allegedly intoxicated heir-apparent shed sunlight on a true crime saga like no-other. Award-winning journalist Mandy Matney of FITSNews.com has been investigating the Murdaugh family since that fateful night in 2019. The now-infamous Murdaugh family is surrounded by seven criminal investigations into fraud, obstruction of justice, the 2021 double homicides o ...
 
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The saga of Bowen Turner dominated headlines this week as the accused teen rapist from Orangeburg, South Carolina was arrested (again) – and as victims and their families used his case to push for long-overdue reform of the Palmetto State’s badly broken “justice” system. The victims’ rights rally at the S.C. State House was a shot across the bow of…
 
We received new information from the attorneys and insurance companies who investigated Gloria Satterfield’s death. Not only do these new details raise more questions about what happened at Moselle the day of her alleged “trip and fall,” the new information highlights one of the major problems in this state: lawyers helping lawyers. Also, on Friday…
 
The Good 'Ole Boys had a very bad week in South Carolina. Last Wednesday, the S.C. Attorney General’s Office announced three superseding indictments against Alex Murdaugh, his best friend Cory Fleming, and his banker buddy Russell Laffitte. Attorney Justin Bamberg, who represents the Pinckney family, joins us for episode 44 of the Murdaugh Murders …
 
The ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga marched on this week with new indictments handed down in connection with the financial crimes component of the investigation. Indictments were issued against the former CEO of Palmetto State Bank, Russell Laffitte – the first time he has been criminally charged – while additional indictments were han…
 
As police are still investigating the five deaths that have been tied to the Murdaugh family, we’re trying to answer a big question in this case — what happened to the money? Following the money has led us down some strange, unexpected paths in this story — especially in the last week when it was discovered that Alex paid $110,000 for a funeral hom…
 
It was a big week for news in South Carolina as Mandy Matney, Liz Farrell and Will Folks broke a trio of big exclusives related to the still-unraveling ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga. Will and Liz discussed all of these new developments in depth in our increasingly popular ‘Week in Review’ segment … which recaps the big stories we bro…
 
Multiple sources have told FITSNews that high-velocity impact spatter was present on the shirt Alex Murdaugh was wearing the night of the murders and that this evidence has been independently analyzed and confirmed by multiple forensic experts — including by at least one out-of-state laboratory. In this special breaking episode of the Murdaugh Murd…
 
It was another busy week at FITSNews. And while there was plenty of news, not much of it was new – our crony-capitalist governor saw his Carolina Panthers deal go up in flames and a suspect in the Columbiana Mall mass-shooting was granted bond. Sound familiar? The Palmetto State is no stranger to crony capitalism and judicial leniency. Liz Farrell …
 
This episode is about so much more than jailhouse phone calls right now. This is about the future of the justice system in our state. Will we continue to stand by and let Good Ole Boys like Dick Harpootlian and Brad Hutto run our courts? Or is it finally time for a change? In this episode, Liz, Mandy and David take you through every bit of Dick and…
 
It was another tremendously busy week at FITSNews, which made for yet another jam-packed edition of our increasingly popular ‘Week in Review’ segment. We kicked off this week with more coverage of the still-unfolding Bowen Turner saga, which has sparked a national uproar and additional attention on South Carolina’s “Injustice” system. Stay tuned fo…
 
19-year-old Bowen Turner is accused of raping three women between 2018-2019. One of those victims, Dallas Stoller, died in November of 2021. In this special episode of the Murdaugh Murders Podcast, you’ll hear from Dallas’ sister and father, who were in the courtroom last week when Turner got a shocking sweetheart deal of just five years probation.…
 
While there was a lot of news related to the Murdaugh saga in the last week, this episode will focus on 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone and why his involvement in this case matters. We still have questions that need to be answered and, as residents who live in the 14th Circuit, we are concerned about our solicitor and justice system in the Lowc…
 
On this week’s episode, our brilliant researcher Jennifer Wood emerged from the Louisiana bayou to grace the Columbia crew with the latest Murdaugh malfeasance, while Morgan Kiser shared with our views the harrowing tale of her family’s experience in a boat crash caused by a drunk boater. In the week’s big news, Will took a shot at S.C. fourteenth …
 
Are the Murdaugh’s in the middle of PR push? And what happened to all of the money? In episode 38, Mandy Matney, and Liz Farrell unpack a ton of information that came out about the Murdaugh family in the last week. We talk about possible tampering with evidence at the double homicide scene. And a mysterious check from Alex to a local police chief. …
 
In this week’s expansive show, Will waxed extensively on core functions of government in the aftermath of a recent knife attack at a South Carolina courthouse. He also covered congressional candidate Katie Arrington being accused of satanism and attempted vehicular homicide (yes, you read that right) and threw a few well-chosen jabs at the Universi…
 
There is A LOT to unpack about Cory Fleming. So much, that it doesn’t all fit into one episode. But this week, we received a shocking document showing Fleming’s apparent defense — and it includes a letter and text messages between Alex and Cory as Alex sat in both a Florida rehab facility and a SC jail respectively. In episode 37, Mandy, Liz and Er…
 
Suspended attorney Cory Fleming was indicted on 18 charges related to the Gloria Satterfield case. While we wait for his bond hearing, Mandy Matney, Liz Farrell and attorney Eric Bland unpack the latest indictments and what it means for the justice system. While Fleming was finally indicted, so many others who allegedly participated in this scheme …
 
In this week’s episode, Will discusses the very latest on the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga – including a recap of one of the first leaked depositions related to this case as well as an update on the legal battle over disgraced former attorney Alex Murdaugh’s jail house telephone calls. We also tease an interview we conducted with a …
 
A recently released deposition has revealed troubling accusations about a powerful judge who is at the helm of criminal and civil procedures in the Lowcountry. If her involvement in the Gloria Satterfield case was as intentional as the depositions say, then the South Carolina justice system – where judges are pretty much untouchable – has a huge pr…
 
In this week’s episode, Will sat down with executive editor Liz Farrell to discuss the latest on the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ crime and corruption saga – including the legal battle over the release of disgraced former attorney Alex Murdaugh’s jail house telephone call and the latest developments in the quest for accountability over the Palmetto State’s c…
 
On Monday, Alex Murdaugh’s attorneys Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to block Richland County from releasing more jailhouse calls through the Freedom of Information Act. In today’s episode, we tell you exactly why this case isn’t a typical true crime story and why Alex isn’t your typical (alleged) criminal. In…
 
Get a rare inside look into the Murdaugh family dynamic and Alex Murdaugh’s manipulations from behind bars. In this episode, Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell share recordings of Alex Murdaugh’s jailhouse phone calls to his son Buster, brothers John Marvin and Randy, sister Lynn and sister-in-law Liz. These gripping calls reveal a supportive family that…
 
The FITSNews.com team learned more about Alex Murdaugh’s ties to an alleged drug smuggler and it led us to... jellyfish? In this episode, Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell walk you through complicated property transactions that could suggest there is more to them than meets the eye. Considering the players involved, the millions of dollars missing, and …
 
This week’s edition kicked off with a recap of my appearance on the ‘Murdaugh Murders’ podcast with news director Mandy Matney and executive editor Liz Farrell – as well as a recap of my visit to Bourbon in the Back Room, a Palmetto political podcast hosted by former state senators Vincent Sheheen and Joel Lourie.…
 
Some of the biggest questions in this case revolve around the money — what happened to it? Why was Alex Murdaugh (allegedly) stealing it in the first place? Does it have anything to do with the murders? To understand Alex Murdaugh’s ties to drug trafficking and find answers to the money questions— we need to look at a man who was a good friend of t…
 
You asked, we answered. Our followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram submitted hundreds of questions about the case in the last week. A lot of you asked questions about the Murdaugh’s family history – who Maggie was... Who buster is... What was in Paul’s criminal past? What was in Alex’s criminal past? How did these people with so much wealth, …
 
After Friday’s indictments, Alex Murdaugh now stands accused of stealing at least $8.4 million and faces 74 charges. If the latest indictments told us anything, it’s that Alex did not do this alone - but how many people will go down for this? And how bad will this get? In this episode, Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell walk you through every detail of A…
 
Hakeem Pinckney was an inspiration. He spent his whole life overcoming the odds. His hearing started deteriorating at a young age, but he never complained. In fact, he won a national championship in football when he was a senior at the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. But when he was 19, he was in a horrific crash with three other family members t…
 
For the fourth time in five months, Alex Murdaugh appeared before a judge for a bond hearing on Monday, January 10, 2022. In this episode, Mandy Matney and Liz Farrell will unpack every detail of the intense hearing. You’ll hear from attorneys Justin Bamberg and Eric Bland speak on behalf of their clients, alleged victims of Alex Murdaugh,. You’ll …
 
For nearly 100 years, one family traded influence and held power in the South Carolina lowcountry until a fatal boat crash involving an allegedly intoxicated heir-apparent shed sunlight on a true crime saga like no-other. Award-winning journalist Mandy Matney of FITSNews.com has been investigating the Murdaugh family since that fateful night in 201…
 
Almost seven months after Paul Murdaugh and Maggie Murdaugh were murdered in Colleton County, South Carolina, multiple sources close to the investigation told FITSNews that physical evidence directly ties Alex Murdaugh to the double homicide. We've been told that this evidence is substantial, serious and directly links Alex to this gruesome crime. …
 
“The law firm dropped the ball here…” Previously on the Murdaugh Murders Podcast, we told you about how Alex Murdaugh is accused of stealing more than ​​$6.2 million in alleged schemes related to his fake FORGE accounts at Bank of America dating back to 2016. He’s accused of stealing millions of dollars from clients while he was a partner at the la…
 
After years of fighting for justice in her son Stephen Smith’s case, Sandy Smith has a renewed sense of hope that her son’s killer will be found. After she felt blindsided by her former attorney Andy Savage, Sandy Smith has hired Mike Hemlepp, Jr. as her new attorney. Hemlepp believes this case will absolutely be solved. If you know any information…
 
On Monday, December 13, Alex Murdaugh appeared in virtual court for a bond hearing. The disgraced South Carolina attorney stood before Judge Alison Lee to learn his bond requirements for his 48 state Grand Jury charges. Despite some press restrictions, which we will discuss in this episode, Liz Farrell and Mandy Matney of FITSNews.com covered the h…
 
The disgraced South Carolina attorney, Alex Murdaugh, was hit with 21 new felonies from the state Grand Jury. His bond hearing — which was surrounded by skeptism — was postponed and that is a very big deal. In this episode, we discuss each one of the seven new indictments involving Alex’s alleged scheme and his new bond hearing which was mysterious…
 
Alex Murdaugh‘s “bulldog” defense attorneys, Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, have apparently launched a war on Satterfield family attorney Eric Bland. While this might seem like a giant distraction to some, it’s important to take a deeper look at these recent moves by Dick and Jim to figure out what exactly is going on here. Are they really tryin…
 
On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, SLED released the 911 recording from February 2, 2018 - the day that Gloria Satterfield allegedly fell at the Moselle property and later died in the hospital. On this tragic call, you can hear Maggie Murdaugh & Paul Murdaugh describe Gloria's condition as the 911 operator battles to glean information from each. Mandy …
 
On Friday, November 19th, we learned that prosecutors issued 27 additional felony charges against Alex Murdaugh bringing the total possible jail time to over a hundreds years and our sources believe that could be just the beginning. In this special edition we'll review the 27 new counts and expand on the implications as we introduce our new partner…
 
There are currently seven criminal investigations related to Alex Murdaugh and we'll review the salient points in each to capture a bird's eye view of this heinous saga. The Murdaugh name appears repeatedly in police interviews during the investigation of Stephen Smith's murder, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. In this episode, we'll revie…
 
While a lot of the recent Murdaugh Murders news has focused on Alex Murdaugh, his insurance fraud schemes, and "assisted suicide" plot, we want to make this episode 17 about Stephen Smith. Because his life mattered too. In this episode, we’ll revisit the December 7, 2015 anonymous tip to South Carolina Highway Patrol, examine the December 9, 2015 a…
 
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Judge Daniel Hall ordered an injunction and appointed receivers to manage and recover funds that could pay alleged victims currently suing disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh. Hall made his decision four days after attorney Mark Tinsley presented his arguments to appoint two outside parties — attorney John T. Lay Jr. and f…
 
Alex Murdaugh was allegedly shot in a botched "Assisted Suicide Plot" on Saturday, September 4th, 2021. In this breaking news episode, we analyze the three calls made to 911 on that fateful day, the charges pending against Alex and the charges pending against the man Alex alleges shot him, Curtis "Eddie" Smith. We also hear from Eddie Smith's attor…
 
On Tuesday, October 19, South Carolina Judge Clifton Newman made a shocking decision in denying Alex Murdaugh bond. Murdaugh was arrested in Orlando, Florida Thursday and charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses related to the Gloria Satterfield case, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). In…
 
On Thursday, October 14, Alex Murdaugh was arrested on two felony charges related to the Gloria Satterfield Case. In episode 13 of The Murdaugh Murders Podcast, we speak with Eric Bland about what the charges mean for his clients — the victims — and what is next for Alex Murdaugh. Will he be able to get out of this? Donate to the Stephen Smith Go F…
 
Gloria Satterfield died suspiciously in 2018 following an alleged “trip-and-fall” incident while working at one of the Murdaugh family homes. In this episode we explore the new developments brought about by attorney Eric Bland and his righteous pursuit for justice. The question in this case now is who will be held accountable. Listen as the case de…
 
Alex Murdaugh was allegedly shot in a botched "Assisted Suicide Plot" on Saturday, September 4th, 2021. According to arrest warrants, Alex Murdaugh concocted a scheme to commit suicide with the help of Curtis "Eddie" Smith so his son Buster Murdaugh would receive a $10,000,000 insurance payout. Smith's attorney Jarrett Bouchette rejects this assert…
 
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