THE mystery surrounding the Murdaugh family is deepened when the body of their housekeeper is exhumed for an inquest into her death.
South Carolina authorities announced Friday that they will exhume the body of the Murdaugh family’s former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, to further investigate her death.
Satterfield died in 2018 after allegedly stumbling and falling at the Murdaugh home. According to Fox News, she had worked there for two decades.
Last year, South Carolina law enforcement announced it would open a criminal investigation into her death.
Hampton County called for further investigations after the coroner found inconsistencies in the conclusion of Satterfield’s cause of death and information found during the agency’s ongoing investigation into father Alex Murdaugh’s wrongdoing.
“The death of the deceased has not been reported to the coroner at this time, nor has an autopsy been performed,” the coroner’s query to SLED said at the time. “The death certificate listed the manner of death as ‘natural’ which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.”
According to court documents, Alex, an attorney, told Satterfield’s sons that he was personally responsible for the fall and that he would “sue himself” so that they would be financially settled.
Three years later, the family said they never received any money from Alex. In September, Satterfield’s sons filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him.
Alex made headlines after his wife and son were shot dead in June 2021.
He was back in the news just three months later after it was confirmed on September 4 that he had been shot in the head.
Murdaugh told police he was shot and killed while changing a tire on a road in rural Hampton County, South Carolina.
But a day before the shooting, it emerged that Murdaugh had been forced out of his law practice for “millions of missing funds.”
Murdaugh admitted to authorities on September 13 that he orchestrated and conspired with a man to kill him as part of the plan.
He was arrested on September 16 in connection with an insurance fraud that court documents say he arranged to kill himself so his surviving son could collect life insurance payouts.
He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report, according to a statement from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
The case is being followed up by the public prosecutor’s office.
In a statement prior to his arrest that did not address the shooting, Murdaugh said: “The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life.
“I’ve made a lot of decisions that I really regret.
“I am infinitely sorry for everyone I have hurt including my family, friends and colleagues.
“I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”
Satterfield’s family gave law enforcement officials permission to conduct the exhumation.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5494193/murdaughs-housekeeper-exhumed-mystery-death-probe-murder/ The body of Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper is exhumed years after the mysterious death as cops investigate the murder of her boss’s family