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Cops launch investigation into the 2018 ‘trip-and-fall’ death of Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper

Cops launch investigation into 2018 ‘trip-and-fall’ death of South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper – one week after his failed attempt to arrange his own murder

  • SLED announced Wednesday it is investigating the death of Gloria Satterfield and the handling of her estate
  • Satterfield, 57, was the Murdaugh housekeeper for around 25 years before she died February 2018 after a fall  
  • No autopsy was carried out, her death was not reported to the coroner and the cause was listed as ‘natural’
  • Alex Murdaugh settled a wrongful death claim with her family in 2018 saying she died as a ‘result of injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident, in Hampton County’  
  • Satterfield is the third mystery death connected to the Murdaugh family: Paul was awaiting trial for the 2019 boating death of Mallory Beach, 19, while the SLED reopened the case into the 2015 death of Stephen Smith 
  • Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and son Paul were shot dead back at the family hunting lodge on June 7
  • On September 4, Murdaugh was shot in the head but survived and checked himself into rehab days later 
  • He resigned from his law firm as it emerged he was being investigated for allegedly misappropriating millions 
  • Cops said Tuesday Murdaugh had paid a former client to kill him so his surviving son Buster could collect a $10 million life insurance payment 

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Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 2018 ‘trip-and-fall’ death of Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper Gloria Satterfield (pictured)

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the 2018 ‘trip-and-fall’ death of Alex Murdaugh’s housekeeper – one day after investigators said the legal scion had paid a hitman to kill him following the double murder of his wife and son.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced Wednesday it is now investigating the death of Gloria Satterfield and the subsequent handling of her estate.

Satterfield, 57, had been the Murdaugh housekeeper and nanny for around 25 years when she suffered a fatal brain injury following a mystery fall inside the Murdaugh home. She died several weeks later on February 26 2018.

Murdaugh settled a wrongful death claim with her family that year for $500,000. 

Satterfield’s family sued Murdaugh Wednesday claiming he had not paid out a ‘one single dime’ of the settlement. 

The investigation marks the latest twist in the Murdaugh family saga which began when Murdaugh’s wife Maggie and son Paul were shot dead back at the family hunting lodge on June 7. 

Three months on, their deaths remain a mystery with no arrests made and no suspects or persons of interest named.    

Then, on September 4, Murdaugh was shot in the head and rushed to hospital where he survived. 

He checked himself into rehab days later for opioid addiction and resigned from his law firm as it emerged he was being investigated for allegedly misappropriating millions of dollars of funds.

Investigators revealed Tuesday Murdaugh had in fact orchestrated the shooting, paying a former client to kill him so that his surviving son Buster could collect a $10 million life insurance payment. 

Satterfield is also the third mystery death connected to the Murdaugh family which has come under closer scrutiny following the double murder of Paul and Maggie.   

At the time of his murder, Paul was awaiting trial for the 2019 death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach during a boat crash that the younger Murdaugh was driving.  

The family have also been tied to the 2015 death of gay teen Stephen Smith which was ruled a hit-and-run. 

SLED has also reopened the investigation into Smith’s death following Paul and Maggie’s murders. 

Buster, Margaret 'Maggie', Paul and Richard Alex 'Alec' Murdaugh (left to right). Paul and Maggie were shot dead at the family hunting lodge June 7

Buster, Margaret ‘Maggie’, Paul and Richard Alex ‘Alec’ Murdaugh (left to right). Paul and Maggie were shot dead at the family hunting lodge June 7 

Spokesman Tommy Crosby said the SLED was opening the investigation into Satterfield’s death at the request of the Hampton County Coroner ‘as well as information gathered during the course of our other ongoing investigations involving Alex Murdaugh.’ 

Hampton County Coroner Angela Topper sent a letter to the department saying the 57-year-old’s death was not reported to the coroner at the time and no autopsy was carried out.

The death certificate cites the manner of death as ‘natural’, wrote Topper – something that ‘is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fail accident’ and that does not match the information documented in the wrongful death suit. 

In the petition for approval of a wrongful death settlement, Satterfield is listed as dying as a ‘result of injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident, in Hampton County’, writes Topper. 

Alex Murdaugh is listed as the defendant.  

‘In light of the inconsistencies noted above, I feel that it is prudent to pursue an investigation into Gloria Satterfield’s death,’ she wrote.  

An attorney for Satterfield’s estate filed a lawsuit against Murdaugh Wednesday claiming he had failed to pay out any of the settlement in the almost three years since it was reached. 

‘My client has not been paid one single dime since this was settled in 2020,’ said Eric Bland, according to WTOC.

‘My job is to get information and find out why these boys didn’t get any money when there was a settlement.’ 

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