SC - Paul Murdaugh, 22 and mom Margaret, 52, found shot to death, Islandton, 7 June 2021 #3

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  1. Ray_of_hope

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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    I'm with you in your theory.
     
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  2. genuineusa77

    genuineusa77 Well-Known Member

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    When Paul was drunkenly driving that boat and MB said she was scared, why didn't two people restrain him and someone else take over driving!? Guessing they were too young to think of that?! Or afaid because it was his boat and afraid of "Timmy"!?
     
  3. MassGuy

    MassGuy The Monsters Aren’t The Ones Beneath The Bed

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    SLED releases redacted 911 calls from night of Murdaugh family double homicide | WCBD News 2

    COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Thursday evening released redacted audio of the 911 calls made by a distraught Alex Murdaugh minutes after he found his son, Paul, and wife, Margaret Murdaugh shot to death at their family home in Colleton County.

    In the June 7 call, Alex is audibly shaken as he tells the dispatcher “I need the police and an ambulance immediately. My wife and child have been shot badly.”

    The Hampton County Dispatcher connects him with the Colleton County dispatcher, who tries to get more information from Alex as they send units to his home.

    He says that he found the bodies up by their kennel, and that neither Paul nor Maggie are breathing.

    The dispatcher asks if Alex saw anyone in the area, if anyone else was supposed to be at his home, or if anything seemed out of place. Alex says no to all three.
     
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    swedeheart Well-Known Member

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    *2 points of interest, in my opinion only:

    1.

    911: "Did you hear anything or did you come home and find them?"

    AM: "I've been gone, I just came back."

    2.

    911: "I don't want you to touch them at all..."

    AM: "I already touched them to see if they were breathing."

    ETA: How did AM know immediately they had been shot? Would that have been crystal clear the second he saw them, lifeless on the ground? Not only was it dark, but would he have been able to see gunshots? Or just lots of blood?
     
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  6. MassGuy

    MassGuy The Monsters Aren’t The Ones Beneath The Bed

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    It was haunting listening to the initial emotion, especially with that echo in the background.

    He managed to pull it together as the call went on.
     
  7. shefner

    shefner Member Since 2008

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    I notice Alex says, "My wife and child," instead of, "My wife and son."
    I realize part of this call is redacted so something may be left out...but it seems in sequence when the Hampton County operator connects with the Colleton operator and repeats, "his wife and child have been shot," and yet the Colleton operator makes the distinction, asking Alex, "So it's your wife and your son?" Perhaps this operator knew of the Murdaughs.
     
  8. shefner

    shefner Member Since 2008

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    "They're on the ground out at my kennel."
     
  9. sunshineray

    sunshineray Well-Known Member

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    I don't think the other males were afraid of "Timmy". They probably could have taken him in hand easy enough. I think it was the repercussions they feared. It wasn't even PM's boat.
     
  10. Diddian

    Diddian Well-Known Member

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    Beyond what others have already posted about the call:

    Alex appears to be making the call at some distance from the kennels because later in the call he tells the dispatcher he is going to head back out there. (So, he doesn't appear to be alert to or concerned about a continuing threat in the vicinity of the bodies or in his path to them.)

    The dispatcher has told Alex that units are on their way and asks him to turn on his emergency flashers so that police can see where he is once they arrive. He does so and tells her he has done so. Then, he tells her he wants to make calls to family members.

    So, he wants to end the 911 call so he can make a call to family members.

    I personally find that odd.
     
  11. sunshineray

    sunshineray Well-Known Member

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    Heartbreaking, wrenching, just horrible...I think AM had his phone on speaker and I think it's possible someone else might have already been there with him.

    At 2:59 -3:01 on the audio, right after she asked him what his phone number is, AM says very softly and calmly "What?". It doesn't sound like he said it in answer to her question or to himself. To my ears it sounded like he was saying it to someone next to him.
    AJMO and perception.
     
  12. sunshineray

    sunshineray Well-Known Member

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    I think he did that because someone was already there, JMO.
     
  13. Diddian

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    Just to clarify, do you mean that you think officers had already arrived when he told the dispatcher he wanted to make a call to family members?
     
  14. sunshineray

    sunshineray Well-Known Member

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    No, a family member or someone else.
     
  15. shefner

    shefner Member Since 2008

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    I felt like someone was already there too.
    I meant to add above that I find the word, "child," to be one of distancing.
    Also, the dispatcher had to ask for the victims' names several minutes into the call. The names of the victims were not offered until then. Paul's age was never offered either. The dispatcher asked Paul's age the last few seconds of the call.
     
  16. Ray_of_hope

    Ray_of_hope Verified registered nurse

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    I agree with you and think that the two perps would expect that their crime would be attributed to revenge from the boating accident, etc
     
  17. MajorHoople

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    I guess I have watched too many episodes of Forensic Files and The New Detectives, but I have heard quite a few 911 calls from a frantic husband who says his wife has just been murdered.

    The episode usually end with the husband being charged, tried and convicted of the murder.
     
  18. BOSCOE

    BOSCOE Well-Known Member

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    Me too @MajorHoople

    In fact I could have just moved along without hearing it.

    MOO
     
  19. shefner

    shefner Member Since 2008

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    If someone tells me, "My wife and child have been shot," my mind immediately jumps to a child who is underage. Because of that, one of my first questions would be, "How old is your child?"
    Also, when a person has more than one son, he would be expected to instinctively say the name of that son in an emergency in order to differentiate between the sons. I would expect to hear, "my wife and my son...my son Paul." Because even though the dispatcher may be clueless about a family's members, a parent's mind will subconsciously create the distinction.
     
  20. Sustained

    Sustained Justice for Stacy

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    I don't, LE was already on the way and he wanted to call his brothers to get them out there.
     
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