NBC Dateline Review | Alex Murdaugh

NBC Dateline Review | Alex Murdaugh

Considered a significant development in the Alex Murdaugh case, lead investigators from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) have revealed for the first time on TV that their newly discovered video evidence placing Murdaugh at the scene of the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul just six minutes before the crimes took place was the tipping point in their investigation

This revelation, which has not been previously disclosed on TV, cast doubt on Murdaugh's alibi about only being at the house. SLED Agent David Owen, who played a key role in the investigation, expressed his excitement upon uncovering the video evidence, stating, "I was really excited because I can prove that Alex was lying to me." This revelation, Owen believes, was a pivotal moment in the case, marking a turning point in the investigation.

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However, a closer examination of the timeline presented by SLED raises concerns about the strength of their case. While the video evidence places Murdaugh at the crime scene at 8:44 pm, the prosecution asserts that Maggie and Paul were both shot around 8:50 pm, just six minutes later.

This narrow timeframe raises questions about Murdaugh's ability to commit the murders within such a short period, especially considering the lack of physical evidence linking him to the crime scene.

Moreover, the prosecution's narrative of Murdaugh as a calculating mastermind contrasts sharply with SLED Agent Ryan Kelly's description of Alex's seemingly inept attempt to stage his own suicide. Agent Kelly's account of the Mercedes SUV used in the incident, with its barely deflated tires and lack of visible obstructions, suggests a level of carelessness that is inconsistent with a meticulously planned murderer they described in Alex.

In light of these inconsistencies, the Dateline episode featuring interviews with SLED agents and Murdaugh's housekeeper Blanca Simpson appears to favor the prosecution's narrative, presenting Alex Murdaugh as a cunning killer, driven by financial motives.

However, the episode also includes Simpson's account of her interaction with Murdaugh regarding his clothes worn on the day of the murders. This interaction, which occurred on August 11, 2021, coincides with the day SLED Agent David Owen confronted Murdaugh about his clothing, leaving him unable to recall.

This sequence suggests that Murdaugh's inquiry about his clothes was likely prompted by Owen's questioning, rather than being a premeditated act to cover up his tracks.

While SLED investigators have undoubtedly conducted a thorough investigation, the emerging evidence raises questions about the strength of their case against Alex Murdaugh. The prosecution's narrative of a meticulously planned murder seems at odds with the inconsistencies in the timeline and the lack of physical evidence.

Alternative Theory

In addition to the inconsistencies in the prosecution's case, there are also alternative theories about the murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. One theory suggests that Paul was hunted down and executed with his own guns to silence him about his involvement in a local unsolved murder. This theory is based on the fact that Paul was facing criminal charges in connection with Beach's death and that he was reportedly about to cooperate with investigators about the unsolved case.

Who is the person who was really close to the Murdaughs that connects the Murdaughs to the real killers? Who would also have a close relationship with Mallory Beach that would be hateful towards Paul? Connect these dots, and you have yourself the alleged killers of Paul and Maggie Murdaugh.

Because no one trades some financial crimes for a murder charge. But a clear motive to kill Paul would be to silence him to cover up a previous murder. That's a risk worth taking.

Look at how sloppy the murders were. Any good detective will tell you that Paul's shooting was from someone who was close to him but was extremely angry at Paul. They'll go on to tell you that Maggie's killing was wildly sloppy, and the shooter or shooters were taken by surprise by Maggie. Almost as if they thought Maggie went back to the house on the golf cart with Alex, just like Alex said he did under oath.

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For those now intrigued by my assertions and clues, I urge you to go read my new book, Defending Alex Murdaugh: Not Guilty by Reasonable Doubt, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It's rated 4.6 on Amazon and Goodreads because it was well-investigated, thought-out, and well-written. I use the prosecution's own evidence to prove to my readers that Alex Murdaugh not only did not commit these crimes, but in many cases, science and math prove he could not have even come close to doing it.


The murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh remain a complex and puzzling case. While SLED investigators have made significant progress in their investigation, there are still many unanswered questions. Further investigation is needed to uncover the truth behind these murders and ensure that justice is served in a second trial of Alex Murdaugh.

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