Disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh and his wife Maggie made a frantic 911 call after their housekeeper fell down stairs at their home, telling the dispatcher to ‘stop asking so many questions’.
The call released by the South Carolina Police on Tuesday begins with wife Maggie Murdaugh asking for an ambulance for her housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, 57, after she tripped and fell going up eight steps outside the family’s Colleton County home in 2018.
A flustered Maggie, who was murdered in 2020, told the dispatcher: ‘My housekeeper has fallen and her head is bleeding. I cannot get her up.’
When the dispatcher asks where she fell from, Maggie says: ‘She fell going up the steps. The brick steps.’
As the dispatcher tries to clarify whether or not the housekeeper is conscious, Maggie tells her that she is not really conscious but awake before saying: ‘She is on the ground. She is on the ground. She is on the ground.’
Maggie grows agitated on the call as the dispatcher keeps trying to ascertain what Sutterfield’s state is and tells her: ‘Ma’am, I’ve already got them on the way – me asking questions does not slow them down. Knowing if she’s conscious does not slow them down.’
When Maggie says that the housekeeper is ‘mumbling’, the dispatcher says, ‘okay, so she is somewhat conscious’.
The dispatcher then continues to question whether Maggie is able to control the housekeeper’s bleeding and to take the cellphone down to her so that she can speak to Sutterfield.
At that point, a male, thought to be Alex Murdaugh, gets on the phone and snaps at her: ‘Can you ask the patient what kind of pain she is having? Ma’am she can’t talk. She’s cracked her head and there’s blood on the concrete and she’s bleeding out of her left ear’.
But as the dispatcher continues to ask questions, he again snaps: ‘Ma’am can you stop asking so many questions?’
The South Caroline Law Enforcement Division, who released the call, opened an investigation into Satterfield’s death in September while Murdaugh, 53, also faces a lawsuit from her children after discovering he had stolen $4 million from their mother’s wrongful death payout.
The South Caroline Law Enforcement Division released a call from the estate of disgraced South Carolina Legal scion Alex Murdaugh (right). Maggie Murdaugh (left) had called about their housekeepers fall that left her bloodied and unconscious
Gloria Satterfield, 57, died after following down eight steps in the Murdaugh home in 2018. Murdaugh allegedly told her sons to sue him and then stole their settlement
Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot had secured $4 million a lawsuit against Murdaugh, but the sons never received the money, instead, Murdaugh allegedly redirected the checks to his own personal account from his legal insurance.
Murdaugh had allegedly directed the men to sue him for wrongful death of their mother in order to get a settlement from his insurance.
In a statement, South Carolina police said Sattterfield’s ‘death was not reported to the [Hampton County] Coroner at the time, nor was an autopsy performed. On the death certificate, the manner of death was ruled ‘Natural,’ which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall accident.’
Murdaugh was arrested in October and charged with two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses related to the missing payout for Satterfield’s sons.
The brothers had filed a new lawsuit against him this year, but Murdaugh filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month, arguing that they had already recouped their losses after they won $6 million through settlements from Murdaugh’s associates, Cory Fleming and Chad Westendorf, who helped secure the original payout, the Greenville News reported.
Murdaugh, who was arrested following a botched suicide attempt as an insurance payout scam in September, also stands trial for a slew of financial crimes and thefts in the months after his wife and son were murdered inside their home in June.
Murdaugh admitted to trying to stage his own murder so that his surviving son, Buster, would win a $63 million life insurance payout, but has denied having any role in his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul’s, murder.
Murdaugh and alleged hitman Curtis Smith were charged with presenting a false claim for payment, while Murdaugh faced further indictments for conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, along with filing a false police report.
He remains in custody awaiting his next court date on the charges.
Murdaugh stands trial for a slew of financial crimes. He was pictured at a bond hearing on October 19 in connection to the Satterfield case
Murdaugh, 53, allegedly hired Smith and provided him with a gun to shoot him in the head so that Murdaugh’s son, Buster, could inherit a $10million life insurance policy. The incident took place on September 4
Meanwhile, circuit judge Daniel Hall sided with an attorney suing Murdaugh on behalf of the family of Mallory Beach, a 19-year-old woman killed in a crash on Murdaugh’s boat which prosecutors said his late son, Paul, was driving.
Paul was charged after the boat incident in 2019 because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night. He was released on bond.
Beach died after Murdaugh’s boat hit a Beaufort County bridge and her body was found seven days later.
The family’s lawsuit claimed Murdaugh is trying to hide millions of dollars they could possibly collect in their lawsuit and that he could shift money between unknown accounts and potentially sell off property and a boat after he turned all his affairs over to his surviving son, Buster.
Witnesses who were in the boat the night that Beach died have said they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’.
Murdaugh claimed the suicide attempt was staged to look like a murder to give his son Buster, far right, his insurance payout. Murdaugh claims his alleged criminal actions are not linked to the fatal shooting of his son Paul and wife Maggie in June 2021
A lawyer for Murdaugh argued that he has not been found responsible in any civil suits since his wife and son were killed and has insurance to cover if he is required to pay damages.
There have also been reports that Murdaugh is being investigated by the FBI for alleged financial crimes.
Murdaugh, who resigned from the firm of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick (PMPED) about two months ago after allegedly stealing from them, is said to have used the firm’s stationary in a plan to steal $4.3 million that was owed to the family of Satterfield, who died in his home in 2018.
The suggestion of a possible FBI investigation was made by Eric Bland, one of the attorneys representing the sons of the housekeeper.
The FBI’s Columbia Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina have not confirmed or denied the existence of an investigation.
Murdaugh faces more than 27 criminal charges, including seven counts of money laundering; four counts of breach of trust; seven counts of obtaining signature or property by false pretenses; eight counts of computer crimes; and one count of forgery.
All 27 counts are felonies and if convicted of all the charges in just one of the plots, he would face more than 100 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Family murders, deaths, drug addictions, thefts and arrests: The riddles facing investigators who’ve now charged Alex Murdaugh
2015: Teenager Stephen Smith dies
Smith was found on the side of the road.
Cops investigating the double murder have also reopened the case into a 2015 hit-and-run of teen Stephen Smith
Police officially rule his death a hit-and-run but he had suffered blunt force trauma to the head
His mother has since shared her belief that she thinks he was killed in a hate-crime because he was gay
Case notes obtained by DailyMail.com revealed Paul’s older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation.
Police wanted to know more about his relationship with Stephen
Stephen’s mother said he had been having a ‘fling’.
In a deposition years later, one of Paul’s friends said the family had ‘covered’ other killings up.
He mentioned Smith’s death.
2018: Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield dies
Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Sattlerfield dies
Gloria died after ‘falling’ down the stairs in the family house
The family gave her family $500.000 in a wrongful death settlement but it’s unclear why her death was ruled to be their fault.
Alex Murdaugh was listed as the defendant in the lawsuit.
Satterfield was only 57 when she died.
She left behind a husband and children.
Her death was also mentioned in the deposition by Paul Murdaugh’s friend.
2019: Mallory Beach dies being thrown from boat driven by Paul Murdaugh
Mallory Beach, 19, died in February 2019
Paul was charged afterwards because he’d been drinking and was behaving ‘belligerently’ that night.
He had been released on bond.
Other kids were on the boat but were unharmed.
One testified that they were scared to speak about the Murdaugh family because they knew how to ‘cover things up’.
That boy named Stephen Smith and the housekeeper, and claimed Paul pushed her
June 7 2021: Paul and Maggie are murdered
The mom and son were found shot dead at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina.
Alex Murdaugh says he found them at the home.
The medical examiner said the pair had been dead for an hour at most when he discovered them.
Alex’s son Paul, 22, (left) and wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on June 7 at the family hunting lodge
Alex’s father Randolph Murdaugh III died ‘peacefully’ at home three days after Maggie and Paul were found shot dead
June 10 2021: Alex’s 81-year-old father Randolph Murdaugh III dies ‘naturally’ and ‘peacefully’ at home
September 3: Alex resigns from his law firm amid claims he misused funds
The firm has hired a forensic investigator to go through the accounts
September 4: Alex calls 911 claiming he’s been shot in the head in a drive-by.
He only had ‘surface’ wounds and was also able to call his brother
September 6: Alex resigns from his law firm
The South Carolina legal scion releases a statement confirming his resignation from the firm and announcing he has entered rehab
He said: ‘I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders.’
September 16: Alex turns himself into police over insurance fraud scheme
Murdaugh handed himself over to cops in connection to insurance fraud scheme where he arranged his own killing so that his surviving son could collect $10 million payout.
He faces charges of insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report.