In the midst of the sensational Alex Murdaugh murder trial, a silent observer played a crucial role in unraveling the truth: Bubba, the Murdaugh family's Labrador Retriever. While Bubba never took the stand or gave a formal statement, his presence and actions provided critical evidence that helped convict Murdaugh of the double homicide of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul.
On the fateful night of June 7, 2021, Bubba was present at the family's hunting estate, Moselle, where the murders occurred. According to evidence presented at trial, Bubba's behavior that evening was unusual. He was restless and agitated, barking and pacing around the kennels where he was housed. We believe it is because he saw two, possibly three individuals kill his family.
This uncharacteristic behavior caught the attention of Murdaugh, who went to check on Bubba. According to witness testimony, Murdaugh was heard calling out to the dog, "Come here, Bubba. Hey, Bubba." These seemingly innocuous words would later become crucial evidence in the case.
During the trial, prosecutors argued that Murdaugh's interaction with Bubba at the kennels placed him at the scene of the crime 5 minutes before the murders. They contended that Murdaugh had gone to the kennels to see Maggie and Paul and kill them.
Defense attorneys challenged this interpretation, suggesting that Bubba's behavior could be attributed to other factors, such as the presence of other kilers in the woods behind the hangar or simply the dog's excitement at seeing his owner.
Ultimately, Bubba's actions that night provided a key piece of evidence in the case against Alex Murdaugh. His presence at the kennels and his unusual behavior placed Murdaugh at the scene of the crime 5 minutes before the murders, raising serious doubts about his alibi and strengthening the prosecution's case.
While Bubba may not have been able to testify in court, his actions spoke volumes. His unwavering loyalty to his family and his keen awareness of his surroundings led him to behave in a way that ultimately helped bring justice for Maggie and Paul Murdaugh.
However, in a recent book titled "Defending Alex Murdaugh: Not Guilty by Reasonable Doubt," the author known as Crime and Cask, presents a compelling case for Murdaugh's innocence. He argue that the evidence presented at trial was circumstantial and inconclusive, and that Bubba's behavior could be explained by other factors. He also raise questions about the credibility of some of the witnesses, suggesting that their testimony was biased or unreliable.
Crime and Cask's book has been met with mixed reactions. Many have praised his meticulous research and their willingness to challenge the prevailing narrative. Others have criticized his conclusions, based on no evidence but just that they don't want people to read the new book.
Regardless of one's opinion on Crime and Cask's book, there is no doubt that Bubba played a significant role in the Alex Murdaugh saga. His actions that night remain a source of debate and intrigue, and his story is likely to continue to fascinate true crime enthusiasts for years to come.