Before organizing a bungled suicide-by-hire scheme, Alex Murdaugh made a shocking confession.

The disturbing occurrence was depicted in Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal, a Netflix documentary series on the disgraced South Carolina attorney.

The show continues to chronicle the various twists and turns of Murdaugh’s murder trial when the second season airs.

The 55-year-old was convicted earlier this year of murdering his wife, Maggie, and their youngest son, Paul.

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Prosecutors alleged Murdaugh did this to divert attention away from his numerous financial offenses; the former attorney was also charged with money laundering.

In the Netflix series, his cousin Curtis ‘Eddie’ Smith claimed that Murdaugh sought to hire a hitman in 2021 so that he could orchestrate his own death.

He stated Murdaugh did this so that his surviving son, Buster, might benefit from $10 million (£8.1 million) in life insurance.

According to Smith, the attorney was aware that the authorities were closing in on him and made the bombshell statement while plotting his strategy.

When questioned why he wanted his cousin to shoot him, Murdaugh allegedly said, “Because they’ll be able to prove that I was responsible for Maggie and Paul.”

In September 2021, the 55-year-old reported being shot by someone in a pick-up truck.

He only received minor injuries, and Smith denies shooting his cousin during the incident.

He recalled firing at Murdaugh in a frantic attempt to ‘knock some sense into him’.

“….I pulled up there, rolled down the window, and he came up to my window with a gun,” he explained.

“I imagined I’d make him think. And I shot it into the air. All 6-foot-5 or -6 of him landed on the asphalt like that…”

Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, violence, insurance fraud, and aided suicide following the shooting.

In an interview with Today in 2021, he stated, “I didn’t shoot him…I’m not guilty. He’d be dead if I’d shot him. He’s still living.”

Murdaugh, meantime, is serving two life terms for his role in the deaths of his wife and son.

In addition, the former attorney is facing 22 charges related to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.

If convicted, he may face a 30-year prison sentence and millions of dollars in fines.

The investigation is still ongoing.


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