A heckler outside the courthouse directed a direct threat to Buster Murdaugh as Alex Murdaugh walked towards the police vehicle that would take him to jail. Murdaugh was sentenced for murdering his wife and son.
“Buster is up next…” “Your son is next, Alex!” screamed a bystander to Alex Murdaugh outside court last Friday.
Who is Buster Murdaugh?Buster – aka Richard Alexander Murdaugh Jr., named after his father and great-grandfather — lives in a $180,000 apartment owned by his lawyer girlfriend, Brooklynn White, on Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The New York Post reports that he met White at the University of South Carolina Law School. Buster was also a law student there until he was dismissed, allegedly for plagiarism, according to the Wall Street Journal at the time. According to The Post and Courier, “the family had hired a well-connected Columbia lawyer, Butch Bowers, almost $60,000 to assist secure Buster’s readmission.”
Buster graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 2018. His present occupation is unknown, although previous to Alex’s incarceration, he worked at his father’s former legal company.
The young Murdaugh was seen recently walking a couple of dogs with his girlfriend in Hilton Head, SC. The morning after his father was sentenced.
Why are people threatening Buster Murdaugh?
Several people in Hampton County, SC, where the Murdaughs are from, believe he knows something about Stephen Smith’s death in 2015.
Stephen Smith, a 19-year-old South Carolina male, died on a remote road on July 8, 2015, and his death is being probed afresh by state law enforcement officials in the aftermath of the Alex Murdaugh inquiry.
Smith’s corpse was discovered along a remote Hampton County road “in the early morning hours of July 8, 2015,” according to Greenville News.
The trial, as well as documentaries about the Murdaugh Murders on Netflix and HBO Max, have reignited interest in Smith’s death. According to FITSNews, the name Murdaugh occurs in various police records.
According to Greenville News, the hashtag #StandingForStephen was created in early September 2021 to gather funds for a headstone for Smith, legal bills for his family, and a scholarship in Smith’s name. A GoFundMe page set up for the cause garnered more than $21,000. Standing For Stephen is a Facebook page as well.
Stephen Smith, according to FITSNews, was “beloved. He was a small-town openly homosexual young guy.” Smith “was brilliant and driven to build a better life for himself,” according to the website. At the time of his death, he was enrolled in nursing school.”
The FITSNews report cites State Patrol papers, saying “detectives were pursuing Paul Murdaugh and his brother Buster Murdaugh as possible persons of interest in the case,” they were never called suspects, and authorities were also looking into other people.
The site states that “rumors” linked Buster Murdaugh to Stephen Smith, but that detectives weren’t able to verify this connection. The name Murdaugh “was invoked at least 40 times over the course of the study,” also according to the report.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol investigative files obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, witnesses interviewed as part of the original investigation into Smith’s death repeatedly implicated Alex Murdaugh’s surviving son, Buster, as having been involved in a relationship with Stephen and potentially connected to Smith’s death.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesperson Tommy Crosby told Bluffton Today on June 23, 2021, “SLED has opened an investigation into the death of Stephen Smith based upon information gathered during the course of the double murder investigation of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.”
This information was not made public.
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Escritor independiente. Consultor en marketing y comunicaciones de políticos, artistas, figuras públicas y marcas por más de 10 años. Contacto: @alejandrosbasso (Twitter)