Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal Season 1 Review – a devastating story

By Ricky Valero
Published: February 20, 2023 (Last updated: March 13, 2024)
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Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal Season 1 Review
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Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal feeds the crime junkies and provides an insightful look at this rugged case of whodunnit.

True crime junkies unite as Netflix dives deep into the Murdaugh Family with the three-part docuseries Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal.

The Murdaughs were South Carolina’s most prominent family until it all came unraveling after the death of a teenager in a boating accident. The series provides first-hand accounts of what happened that night, including an interview with Paul Murdaugh‘s longtime girlfriend, Morgan Doughty.

Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal Season 1 Review

When diving into this three-part docuseries, I wasn’t familiar with the story of the Murdaughs, or the night that led to the death of Maggie and Paul. So the first episode dives deep into the background of Paul, who he was, how he became who he was, and where his massive larger-than-life persona came from.

I loved the layout here because, for people like me, we are getting the entire behind-the-scenes look, but for those who are aware, you are getting the first-hand account from those who were part of it all for the first time.

Every story has two sides, but we’ve all been around long enough to watch these stories unfold. Paul Murdaugh came from a wealthy family, and once that accident happened, money played a huge part in why Paul could easily walk away without jail time. Even with eyewitnesses putting him behind the boat wheel, Paul had the charges dropped against him.

The story takes a wild twist when we discover that Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were shot and killed on the Murdaugh family estate. Hearing the 911 call of Alex reporting finding his wife and son was bone-chilling and heartbreaking. Wildly enough, this wasn’t the last twist of the story.

Typically when you see docuseries, they tend to overstay their welcome with far too many episodes, but having three parts was perfect. With Alex on trial for the murders of Maggie and Paul, you can see the door is left open for even more aspects of this story in the future.

The editing here was magnificent, blending the reenactments with the interviews. The reenactments weren’t overly dramatic, but the tense situation was felt.

Is Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal worth watching?

The story behind this series might not be new to you. However, hearing the stories from the people who lived it for the first time might alter some of your perspectives on the things that unfolded over these last few years.

I was brand new to this story, and I found myself doing so much research after watching that I was so caught up in seeing more.

Overall, Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal is a perfectly constructed crime series that provides some insight into these dramatic and downright scary moments in these people’s lives.

What did you think of Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal Season 1? Comment below.

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