Where Is Buster Murdaugh From Murdaugh Murders Now?


Netflix's latest true crime docuseries is Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, the story of the Murdaughs, a wealthy South Carolina family. Murdaugh Murders explores the multiple incidents that the family of litigators have been linked to, including a boating accident in which somebody died, and the events that preceded the deaths of matriarch Margaret "Maggie" Murdaugh and her son Paul in the summer of 2021.

The series also partially covers the ongoing trial of Alex Murdaugh, Maggie's husband and Paul's father, who was charged with their murders but has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty. A fourth member of the Murdaugh family, Maggie and Alex's other son Buster, is also included in the documentary.

Richard Alex Murdaugh, nicknamed Buster, was previously working at his father's legal practice and attending law school at the University of South Carolina—something of a family tradition—before the murder of his mother and brother. However, he was eventually kicked out over an incident involving plagiarism.


According to local paper The Post and Courier, Buster's family paid $60,000 in order to ensure that he would be readmitted to the college in order to complete his law degree. However, he has yet to recommence his studies. "He has put his desire to go to law school on hold for now," the Murdaugh's lawyer, Butch Bowers, said. "There is no plan for him to start school in the fall or in the spring."

Where is Buster Murdaugh now?

Buster currently lives with his girlfriend, lawyer Brooklynn White, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It is not clear what he does for a living. In February of this year, he testified in his father's trial as a first witness for the defense—in other words, he testified on his father's behalf, and said that Alex was "heartbroken" by the deaths of Maggie and Paul.

Buster has attended the entirety of his father's trial, and according to Law & Crime, Buster has been shaken and put his head in his hands throughout the trial as the attorneys go through the grisly details of the double murder. On March 2nd, Buster's father was found guilty for both murders, and on March 3rd, the judge sentenced his father to two consecutive life terms in prison.

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Where was Buster during the murders?

On June 7, 2021, Alex Murdaugh claims that he arrived home to find Maggie and Paul had both been shot dead near the dog kennels on their property. He called 911, and also called Buster.

"He sounded odd, and then he told me that my mom and my brother had been shot," Buster said during the trial. According to his testimony, Buster was over 200 miles away when the murders took place, at his girlfriend's house in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After hearing what had happened, he immediately made the journey to the Murdaugh home.

What was Buster's reaction to the verdict?

On Friday March 3, 2023, a judge sentenced Alex Murdaugh to two consecutive life terms for the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

A source who was present at the Colleton County Courthouse during the sentencing told the New York Post: "Buster held up pretty well until the cameras were off him, but then he collapsed... He was crying uncontrollably. The uncles finally got him into a car."


Buster has been linked to two other deaths

One of the incidents documented in Murdaugh Murders was the boating accident that resulted in the death of Mallory Beach. The Beach family have claimed that Paul Murdaugh was drunk at the time, but have since agreed to a settlement that removes Buster's name from the case, along with that of his mother.

The documentary also includes mention of the hit-and-run death of Stephen Smith, a former friend and classmate of Buster's, which remains unsolved.

FromEsquire US

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