Understand Murdaugh

By The Post and Courier

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Understand Murdaugh is a podcast from The Post and Courier, South Carolina’s largest newspaper. Our award-winning reporters have spent more than a year digging into the Murdaugh saga to bring you the latest news and in-depth analysis as we cover this story of drugs, deceit and death in South Carolina’s rural Lowcountry.

Episode Date
Family friends identify Alex Murdaugh's voice in video shot before murders
00:12:12

 

 

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak and Eric Russell. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Feb 02, 2023
Debate over whether Alex Murdaugh confessed continues
00:11:43

Alex Murdaugh's defense attorneys got a chance to cross examine SLED agent Jeff Croft, leading to a back-and-forth over whether Alex confessed to killing Paul and Maggie during his second interview with the agency.

In this daily update episode hosts Jocelyn Grzeszczak and Eric Russell dive into the debate surrounding Alex's wording and the discussion of firearms and phone records on Tuesday.

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak and Eric Russell. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Feb 01, 2023
Paul Murdaugh's final texts revealed and Alex's second SLED interview
00:11:10

Alex Murdaugh's defense attorneys got a chance to cross examine SLED agent Melinda Worley. The Jury also heard from SLED agent Jeff Croft, who testified about an interview he had with Alex three days after the murders.

In this daily update episode hosts Jocelyn Grzeszczak and Eric Russell discusses the Monday's testimony and the recording of Alex's interview played in the courtroom.

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak and Eric Russell. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 31, 2023
Understand Murdaugh: Footage from Alex Murdaugh's first interview with investigators
00:07:55

Two investigators testified Friday about their initial encounter with Alex Murdaugh and the crime scene on the night Paul and Maggie Murdaugh were murdered.

In this daily update episode reporter Jocelyn Grzeszczak discusses the new details revealed during the second day of testimony in Alex Murdaugh's murder trial.

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 28, 2023
Food trucks pop up in Walterboro as Murdaugh trial begins
00:04:03

Our award-winning reporters have spent more than a year digging into the Murdaugh saga to bring you the latest news and in-depth analysis as we cover this story of drugs, deceit and death in South Carolina’s rural Lowcountry.

But because this story involves so many people – including the folks in Walterboro, who’ve ended up hosting the state’s so-called trial of the century – we’re also covering what’s going on outside the courthouse. 

And on January twenty-third, a lot of what was going on was Southern cooking. 

Written by Kelly Jean Kelly. Hosted by Nathan Stevens. Produced by Eric Russell. Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 27, 2023
Understand Murdaugh: First witnesses in Alex Murdaugh murder trial take the stand
00:07:58

The prosecution called its first witnesses in Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial on Thursday.

In this episode, reporter Jocelyn Grzeszczak discusses some of the main points the witnesses highlighted in their testimony on day four of the double murder trial.

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 27, 2023
Murder trial officially begins with opening statements
00:08:37

Alex Murdaugh's murder trial officially began Wednesday afternoon as the prosecution and the defense delivered opening statements to conclude the third day in the courtroom.

 

Reporter Jocelyn Grzeszczak joins this daily update episode to discuss the conclusion of jury selection and the key points from the opening statements.

 

Hosted by Jocelyn Grzeszczak.  

Produced by Eric Russell.

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 26, 2023
Alex Murdaugh’s defense attorneys: Who are Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin
00:31:33

Hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks discuss Wilks’ recent profile of Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, the seasoned Columbia trial attorneys who are leading Alex Murdaugh’s defense. Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks. Produced by Nathan Stevens. Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 25, 2023
Revelations about a potential murder weapon, and jury selection continues
00:03:57

The second day of Alex Murdaugh's double murder trial included the continuation of jury selection as well as Judge Clifton Newman ruling on several motions. Also, the prosecution made a major revelation regarding the potential murder weapon.

In this trial update episode, reporter Thad Moore recaps day two of the trial and discusses some of the key moments from inside the courtroom.

Hosted by Thad Moore. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 25, 2023
Beyond The Headlines: Alex Murdaugh goes to trial (Bonus)
00:45:41

This bonus episode of Understand Murdaugh features audio from the most recent Beyond the Headlines event hosted by the Post and Courier.

Moderated by Watchdog/Public Service Editor Glenn Smith, reporters Avery Wilks, Thad Moore and Jocelyn Grzeszczak discuss where things stand with the Alex Murdaugh double murder case, including the evidence against Murdaugh, his alleged motive and the legal strategies at play. They also answer a few questions submitted by the audience.

Jan 23, 2023
Meet Judge Clifton Newman, who will oversee Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial
00:22:03

In this episode, investigative reporters Jennifer Berry Hawes and Avery Wilks discuss her profile of Circuit Judge Clifton Newman, who will preside over the Jan. 23 Alex Murdaugh murder trial.

Hosted by Avery Wilks and Jennifer Berry Hawes. Produced by Nathan Stevens. Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 20, 2023
Who is Curtis Smith? What role might he play in the Alex Murdaugh murder trial?
00:23:34

In this episode, hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks their recent story on Curtis “Cousin Eddie” Smith, including the revelation that the Walterboro trucker has been subpoenaed as a witness in Alex Murdaugh’s Jan. 23 double murder trial.

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 17, 2023
The Murdaughs' estate and its mysterious buyer
00:10:55

As Alex Murdaugh sits in jail awaiting trial, the Murdaughs’ estate – often referred to as Moselle – where the alleged murder of his wife and son took place may soon change hands.

Just months after it was listed for $3.9 million in February, a mysterious buyer emerged to place the property under contract.

Post and Courier reporter Kelly Jean Kelly joins host Nathan Stevens to discuss the property and its place in the Murdaugh murder saga.

Hosted by Nathan Stevens and Kelly Jean Kelly. 

Produced by Nathan Stevens. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 10, 2023
Murdaugh catchup: Tax evasion, death penalty, Laffitte appeal, and no federal charges for Murdaugh?
00:29:00

Hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks discuss the latest in the Murdaugh saga, including recent twists in the double murder case, Murdaugh’s indictment on tax evasion charges and prosecutors’ decision not to seek the death penalty.

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks. 

Produced by Nathan Stevens. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Jan 03, 2023
The Jailhouse Tapes
00:15:02

Alex Murdaugh's jailhouse tapes were a fount of insight into the disgraced attorney's life behind bars, his relationships with his closest relatives and his outlook on the sprawling criminal investigations that have accelerated his personal unraveling. But why have they run out, and what impact did they have on the Murdaugh saga? Join host Glenn Smith as he untangles the threads of the tapes. 

Hosted by Glenn Smith

Produced by Nathan Stevens

Music provided by Lexin Music

Dec 27, 2022
Creighton Waters, the Murdaugh prosecutor who toppled a South Carolina legal dynasty
00:22:56

In this episode, hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks discuss Wilks’ recent profile of Creighton Waters, the state grand jury chief prosecutor who has led the state criminal investigations into Alex Murdaugh and will try his double murder case in Colleton County in January.

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks. 

Produced by Nathan Stevens. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Dec 22, 2022
Murdaugh country: Crime and redemption in Hampton, SC
00:17:52

Hampton, a small, sleepy town in rural South Carolina, is upended by one of the largest criminal scandals in Lowcountry history. The town is now known worldwide as the backdrop for the Alex Murdaugh saga, a tale of drugs, deceit and death. But what was Hampton like before a pair of murders in the Murdaugh family cast an unwelcome light on the town and the very public unraveling of a Lowcountry legal dynasty? How is Hampton trying to shake off that dark cloud and reclaim its downhome charm? Join host Nathan Stevens and reporter Kelly Jean Kelly as they look at the past and future of Hampton, SC. 

 

Hosted by Nathan Stevens and Kelly Jean Kelly 

 

Produced by Nathan Stevens

 

Music by Lexin Music

Dec 20, 2022
Blood spatter and murder motive: Latest Murdaugh hearing produces fireworks
00:26:10

In this bonus episode, hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks dig into the Dec. 9 motions hearing in the Alex Murdaugh double murder case, including new revelations about the disgraced former lawyer’s alleged motive for the slayings and possible problems with a key piece of evidence in the state’s case.

Want more in-depth analysis of the Murdaugh saga? Subscribe to the Post and Courier's Murdaugh Newsletter. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/3UDCuZT

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks. 

Produced by Eric Russell. 

Music by Lexin Music.

 

Dec 14, 2022
Understand Murdaugh: Reader Mailbag
00:13:10

Avery Wilks joins  Nathan Stevens to answer a couple of reader questions about the Murdaugh Saga.  Listeners can submit questions to be answered in future mailbag episodes by emailing murdaugh@postandcourier.com. 

Hosted by Nathan Stevens and Avery Wilks. 

Produced by Nathan Stevens. 

Music by Lexin Music.

Dec 06, 2022
What’s next after trial of Murdaugh accomplice, Hampton banker Russell Laffitte?
00:13:53

The first criminal trial in South Carolina’s sprawling Murdaugh saga ended in a resounding defeat for Russell Laffitte, the Hampton banker charged with helping disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh steal nearly $2 million from their mutual clients. Hosts Nathan Stevens and Avery Wilks preview what’s next for Laffitte’s case and the federal Murdaugh investigation.

Hosted by Nathan Stevens and Avery Wilks. Produced by Nathan Stevens. Music by Lexin Music.

Nov 29, 2022
Catching up on the Murdaugh saga: Part 2
00:19:28

Hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks catch you up on major twists and turns of South Carolina's Murdaugh saga so far, from the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach to the recent federal trial of ex-Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte.

 

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks

 

Produced by Nathan Stevens

 

Music by Lexin Music

Nov 23, 2022
Catching up on the Murdaugh saga: Part 1
00:19:04

Hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks catch you up on major twists and turns of South Carolina's Murdaugh saga so far, from the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach to the recent federal trial of ex-Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte.

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks

Produced by Nathan Stevens

Music by Lexin Music

Nov 22, 2022
Understand Murdaugh: A decision on the death penalty looms large
00:16:33

Host Nathan Stevens and investigative reporter Avery Wilks discuss one of the major decisions Attorney General Alan Wilson must make in the Alex Murdaugh double-murder case: whether to seek the death penalty for the disbarred lawyer, who is charged with killing his wife, Maggie, and son Paul.

Avery outlines the factors and intricacies which could potentially weigh into Wilson's decision and what his choice could mean for Murdaugh's upcoming trial.

Want more in-depth analysis of the Murdaugh saga? Subscribe to the Post and Courier's Murdaugh Newsletter. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/3UDCuZT

 

Hosted by Avery Wilks and Nathan Stevens

Produced by Nathan Stevens

Music by Lexin Music

Nov 15, 2022
Follow the money: Murdaugh banker Russell Laffitte goes to trial
00:10:03

Host Nathan Stevens and investigative reporter Thad Moore sit down to discuss the federal trial of ex-Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte, the Lowcountry banker accusing of helping Alex Murdaugh plunder the accounts of their mutual clients. The trial begins November 8, and this episode will serve as a primer on Laffitte's alleged crimes and his connection to the Murdaugh saga.

Hosted by Thad Moore and Nathan Stevens

Produced by Nathan Stevens

Music by Lexin Music

Nov 07, 2022
Introducing: Understand Murdaugh
00:05:31

Welcome to Understand Murdaugh, a podcast from The Post and Courier, South Carolina’s largest newspaper. Our award-winning reporters have spent more than a year digging into the Murdaugh saga to bring you the latest news and in-depth analysis as we cover this story of drugs, deceit and death in South Carolina’s rural Lowcountry. Hosts Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks discuss the launching of Understand Murdaugh, the complex through lines of the case and what comes next.

Hosted by Glenn Smith and Avery Wilks

Produced by Nathan Stevens

Music by Lexin Music

 

Nov 02, 2022