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Overruling his own lawyers, Alex Murdaugh bravely took the stand to testify in his own defense. After all, innocent people have nothing to fear. He wanted to prove a point.

A point mind you that of course backwater South Carolina police detectives got it wrong — he’s innocent. He never shot in cold blood his wife Maggie and their son Paw Paw (the nickname he used for his murdered son, Paul!) He never meant to mislead detectives. He never meant to lie. He was so high on drugs that his mind was fogged and the truth seemed like an obscure, abstract idea he couldn’t comprehend. 

After all the sorries he could stuff in a sentence Alex Murdaugh cued in the tears. Big tears! Feel sorry for me tears. I didn’t do it can’t you see tears! You get the point? 

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The New York Post

Despite what someone might classify as a stellar performance on the stand, Alex Murdaugh should have taken his defense advice and stay quiet. Nothing positive or good came out of him defending himself. It backfired. 

His admission of feeling terrible over the double murder of his family members made the skin on the rest of us crawl. He really believes he has us all fooled. 

During the several hours he spoke, the ‘now fallen from grace legal scion‘ explained to a room full of cameras how he napped while the shootings went on. Startled, he awoke in a haze, stumbled to the dog kennels to discover their bodies. Checked Paul or Paw Paw for pulse. Checked Maggie, but couldn’t recall where. That’s how the blood got on his clothes and his fingers. No CPR, performed. Again, blame the drugs. He has an addiction. Are you already feeling sorry for him? 

There’s more. So much more. It seems every time Alex Murdaugh does something — it’s mucked in fifty shades of lies. 

For instance, he started a group chat soon after he claimed he found his dead family. Spoke to his two brothers. Surf the web, looking up a local restaurant — Whaley’s. We get it Alex, the late night munchies were hitting you hard. 

After his testimony bombed, Twitter exploded with it’s own take on Alex Murdaugh. 

The general consensus has been he acted like a lawyer. He was one. His tears were fake. 

Defiant, he told us, “I didn’t shoot my wife and son, anytime. Ever.” 

The trial goes on. Cross examination’s up today. Maybe prosecution will be able to extract the truth from him. Doubtful, Alex Murdaugh can’t recognize the truth even if the truth came and introduce itself to him. 

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By Jolene Grace

Jolene Grace was a journalist for ten years, interning for CBS evening news, working as a beat report for Oklahoma Public radio, and eventually transitioning into managing digital content for a radio corporation. Currently, she writes crime fiction full time and blogs for the Crime Room. Jolene is fortunate enough to be able to tell the stories of those who no longer can. She’s passionate to write about cold cases being solved. You can read her blogs on or listen to The Crime Room Podcast wherever in the world you happened to be. Let’s Talk Crime.

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