Murdaugh Family Murder’s To Be Examined in HBO Max Documentary

by Taylor Cunningham
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A new HBO documentary will investigate the unsolved murders of two prominent South Carolina family members. According to Deadline, HBO Max and Campfire Studios are teaming up to create the docu-series Murdaugh Family Mysteries.

For over three months, Islandton, SC, Police have been trying to solve the mystery surrounding the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.

On June 7th, 2021, Alex Murdaugh found his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, brutally killed at one of their three family estates. 52-year-old Maggie was the college sweetheart of the personal injury attorney. Her friends remember her as a bubbly and happy staple in the community. 22-year-old Paul, however, had a troubled past. He was out on bond after a local family accused him of killing their 19-year-old daughter in a boating accident. Paul faced charges of boating under the influence.

The family has since created a 24-hour tipline and has begged anyone with information to come forward. In an interview with ABC, Paul’s two older brothers, Randy and John, claimed someone made threats before Paul and Maggie were shot at the family’s 1,770-acre hunting lodge. But they did not know if the Murdaugh family had enemies. After the interview, the brothers announced a $100,00 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

On September 4th, a passerby shot Alex Murdaugh in the head while he was changing a flat tire on the side of the road. He survived the attack, but his law license was suspended after allegations of embezzlement came to light. On Monday (September 6th), Alex officially resigned from his law firm and checked himself into a rehabilitation facility.

HBO Hopes to Unravel the Mystery Surrounding the Murdaugh Family

HBO and Campfire Studios will tackle the questions that surround the murders. Campfire Studios worked with HBO to create Max’s Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults. The Wheelhouse-backed company also produced the Netflix true-crime series The Innocent Man, Hulu’s WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47B Unicorn, and FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal Of All.

The Studio’s work on The Innocent Man has recently led to the pending release of Tommy Ward. The state of Oklahoma convicted Ward and a co-defendant of murdering Denice Haraway in 1984. The docu-series, inspired by a John Grisham novel of the same name, found evidence of his innocence. The OK Court of Appeals believes the proof may be enough to overturn the murder charges. 

Murdaugh Family Mysteries will follow the twisted and mysterious chain of events that led to and followed the murder. Those who know the family have made countless allegations and speculations about the now cold case. And Campfire Studios will work with local sources within the poverty-stricken South Carolina community.

Campfire CEO Ross Dinerstein will be the executive producer of the series. Rebecca Evans and Ross Girard will serve as co-executive producers.