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New audio emerges of the moments after a fatal South Carolina boating crash involving Paul Murdaugh 


Anthony Murdaugh, 22, was facing charges in connection with a fatal boating crash in 2019 before he was shot dead in June 

Newly released audio reveals the tense moment where the son in a prominent South Carolina family is told to ‘rot in f*****g hell’ after he caused a boat crash that killed a woman.   

Paul Murdaugh, 22, was accused of driving a boat recklessly while drunk when it smashed into Archer’s Creek Bridge in Beaufort County in February 2019. 

There were six friends on board, including Mallory Beach, 19, who died when she was thrown from the vessel. Her body was found on in the water by a fisherman a week later. 

Murdaugh was later charged with three felony counts, including causing Beach’s death. He was awaiting trial when he and his mother, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, were found gunned down on their hunting estate in Islandton in June. Their murders remain a mystery. 

In police dashcam footage on the night of the 2019 accident, posted on YouTube by the Murdaugh Murders Podcast, one of his friends can be heard yelling: ‘Paul, you smiling like it’s f*****g funny! My f*****g girlfriend is gone. 

The video does not show who’s talking – but it picks up a male voice – possibly that of Anthony Cook, who was Beach’s boyfriend – cursing at Murdaugh and telling him to ‘rot in f*****g hell.’ 

According to legal documents seen by DailyMail.com Paul was ‘highly intoxicated,’ ‘drunk’, and ‘belligerent,’ after spending an evening drinking before he and his friends got on the boat.   

WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE 

Buster, Margaret, Paul and Richard Alex Murdaugh (left to right). Margaret, 52, and Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot to death South Carolina on Monday

Buster, Margaret, Paul and Richard Alex Murdaugh (left to right). Margaret, 52, and Paul Murdaugh, 22, were found shot to death South Carolina on Monday

The Murdaugh family ruled over the South Carolina courts for generations

The Murdaugh family ruled over the South Carolina courts for generations 

Paul was awaiting trial in the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach, 19 (pictured above)

Paul was awaiting trial in the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach, 19 (pictured above)

In the dashcam video, a person can be heard telling police that everyone on the boat, including Murdaugh, had been drinking.  

When the officer asks if they were speeding, the person tells him: ‘I don’t even know. I finally got to the point where I grabbed my girlfriend and put her in my lap in the bottom of the boat and was holding on with my eyes closed. 

‘Next thing I know, I’m in the f*****g water.’  

At the 11:57 minute marker in the video, the person asks the officer if he knows the name Alex Murdaugh. The officer says he’s heard of him. 

‘That’s his son,’ the man tells the officer. 

The officer responds:’That’s who was driving the boat?’

‘Yea. Good luck,’ he says. ‘He was the last one driving before I got down to the floor of the boat.’

In the video, the man can also be heard saying: ‘That motherf****r needs to rot in f*****g prison. He ain’t gonna get in no f*****g trouble.’

Several police officers have been accused of trying to diminish Murdaugh’s role in the crash, according to The Daily Beast. That includes one who filed a report suggesting it was not clear who was driving the boat.   

(From left) Paul, Margaret, Richard Alex and Buster. The bodies were reportedly found by Richard Alex. Their deaths have been ruled a double murder and there's still no suspect

(From left) Paul, Margaret, Richard Alex and Buster. The bodies were reportedly found by Richard Alex. Their deaths have been ruled a double murder and there’s still no suspect

The Murdaugh family home, where the two bodies were found, is expansive; sitting on nearly two acres of land

The Murdaugh family home, where the two bodies were found, is expansive; sitting on nearly two acres of land

In interviews after the crash, Cook said Murdaugh had a drunk alter ego named ‘Timmy’, and he often stripped down to his underwear when he had a lot to drink.  

‘Paul for some reason acted like he was on drugs or something. He started taking his clothes off during one of the arguments, and it is 40 degrees outside,’ Cook said in his testimony. 

‘I’ve seen him do it a few times when gets drinks. I don’t know why he does that.’  

The person in the audio from the dashcam footage tells the officer he wanted to fight Murdaugh because he wasn’t listening to the group who kept urging him to go home. 

On July 22, police released the heartbreaking 911 call placed by Murdaugh’s father, Alex Murdaugh, after he found his wife and his son shot dead on their rural estate. They were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7. 

The murders remain a mystery with no arrests, suspects or persons of interest named by authorities – and no one also formally ruled out of the investigation. 

In the 911 call, Alex Murdaugh, 53, is heard sobbing and gasping in distress as he tells the dispatcher ‘my wife and child have been shot badly’ and repeatedly pleads with them to ‘please hurry’. 

He says neither his son Paul nor wife Maggie were breathing when he found them by the kennels of their estate and that he has not seen anyone else in the area or noticed anything out of place.  

Alex and Margaret Murdaugh also have another son named Buster. 

Alex Murdaugh placed the distraught 911 call at 10.07pm after he said he had returned to the home from visiting his sick father. Maggie and Paul’s time of death was placed between 9pm and 9.30pm. 

In the six-minutes of audio obtained by DailyMail.com, Murdaugh can be heard whimpering and wailing as he calls in the gruesome discovery. 

‘This is Alex Murdaugh at 4147 Moselle Road,’ he tells the dispatcher. 

‘I need the police and an ambulance immediately. My wife and child have been shot badly.’  

The bodies were said to be found near a dog kennel on the family's property on June 7

The bodies were said to be found near a dog kennel on the family’s property on June 7

To date, police have given little away about the investigation into the murders that have rocked the small South Carolina community.

Heavily redacted police reports and the 911 call were released only after The Post and Courier newspaper sued the SLED, saying the agency was breaking the state’s open records law.  

Murdaugh was interviewed by officers on June 10, three days after the murders.

Sources close to him state that he has a ‘cast iron alibi’ for the night of the killings and that he was merely co-operating with the investigation to clear himself. 

One theory that investigators are understood to have considered is that Paul was the target of the killing and his mother’s presence was ‘unfortunate happenstance.’ 

The Murdaugh family has loomed large over the small county seat of Hampton where their legal dynasty has dominated for the better part of a century.

Three generations of the family have held the title of solicitor, with sway over the fate of criminal cases in South Carolina’s 14th Judicial Circuit and the name carries a legacy of power and influence. 

In addition to dominating the 14th Circuit solicitor’s office, Randolph Murdaugh, the great grandfather of Richard Murdaugh, also founded law firm Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick in 1910.



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