Tangled vines : power, privilege, and the Murdaugh family murders / John Glatt.
"In Tangled Vines, bestselling true crime author John Glatt reconstructs the rise of the prestigious Murdaugh family and the shocking double murder that led to the downfall of its patriarch, Alex Murdaugh. Among the lush, tree-lined waterways of South Carolina low country, the Murdaugh name means power. A century-old, multimillion-dollar law practice has catapulted the family into incredible wealth and local celebrity-but it was an unimaginable tragedy that would thrust them into the national spotlight. On June 7th, 2021, prominent attorney Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies of his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, on the grounds of their thousand-acre hunting lodge. The mystery deepened only months later when Alex himself was discovered shot in the head on a local roadside. But as authorities scrambled for clues and the community reeled from the loss and media attention, dark secrets about this Southern legal dynasty came to light. The Murdaughs, it turned out, were feared as much as they were loved. And they wouldn't hesitate to wield their influence to protect one of their own; two years before he was killed, a highly intoxicated Paul Murdaugh was at the helm of a boat when it crashed and killed a teenage girl, and his light treatment by police led to speculation that privilege had come into play. As bombshells of financial fraud were revealed and more suspicious deaths were linked to the Murdaughs, a new portrait of Alex Murdaugh emerged: a desperate man on the brink of ruin who would do anything, even plan his own death, to save his family's reputation"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9781250283481
- ISBN: 1250283485
- Physical Description: viii, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Part I. Early days -- Buster ; Trials and tribulations ; The cock of the walk ; Trouble in paradise ; Growing up a Murdaugh ; Big red ; Succession ; "The house that CSX built" ; The buddy system ; Part II. The seeds of destruction -- The next century ; Timmy ; Stephen Smith ; The prime suspect ; The cover-up ; The high life ; Gloria Satterfield ; "We have so much to be thankful for!!!" ; Part III. The boat crash -- "Do y'all know Alex Murdaugh?" ; "He's as drunk as Cooter Brown!" ; The search ; "The Murdaughs are out to pin it on him" ; The arrest ; The smoking gun ; Part IV. "My wife and child have been shot badly!" ; "There is no danger to the public" ; "We're just regular people" ; "You can't make this stuff up" ; "This is a pretty unbelievable story" ; A tremendous fall from grace ; "The Murdaugh Citadel is going to fall!" ; "Alex Murdaugh needs to get comfortable getting uncomfortable" ; "A danger to himself and the community" ; "I was in the throes of withdrawal" ; "He stole every dime I had" ; "The scope of Murdaugh's depravity is without precedent" ; "It all came back to Alex Murdaugh" ; The trial ; "What a tangled web we weave".
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