- Alex Murdaugh, 54, found guilty of 2021 murder of his wife and son after a six week trial.
- Murdaughs have spawned rival HBO and Netflix programmes documenting their rarefied world.
- Tragic accident in 2019 set in motion the events leading to the murder.
- Murdaughs have enormous sway as they are like royalty in Hampton.
- Alex Murdaugh allegedly killed his wife and son to cover up his OxyContin addiction.
The Murdaugh trial: a southern gothic tale that gripped the nation
Alex Murdaugh, 54, was found guilty of the 2021 murder of his wife and son in Hampton County, South Carolina. The trial has attracted OJ Simpson-level hysteria and revealed the Murdaughs as a feudal dynasty with great sway in the county. Alex Murdaugh allegedly killed his wife and son to cover up hi