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Swamp kings : the story of the Murdaugh family of South Carolina & a century of backwoods power / Jason Ryan.


"The stranger-than-fiction story of the now-notorious Lowcountry clan, in all its Southern Gothic intensity--by an author with unparalleled access to and knowledge of the players, the history, and the place. The most famous man in South Carolina lives in prison. He stands convicted of a staggering amount of wrongdoing--more than 100 crimes and counting. Once a high-flying, smooth-talking, pedigreed Southern lawyer, Alex Murdaugh is now disbarred and disgraced. For more than a decade, prosecutors asserted that Alex was secretly a fraud, a thief, a drug trafficker, and an all-around phony. On the night of June 7, 2021, they claimed, he also became a killer, shooting dead his wife and son in a desperate bid to escape accountability. The many crimes of Alex Murdaugh, exposed piecemeal over the last two years, have appalled the general public. Yet his implosion--the spectacular manner in which he has turned his vaunted family name to mud--has also proved mesmerizing. With every revelation, Alex Murdaugh has been shown to be a man without bottom, though he insists he never harmed his family. Remarkably, all of his misdeeds have precedent. In Swamp Kings, Jason Ryan reveals Alex's evil actions are only the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to the Murdaugh family of Hampton County, history has a way of repeating itself. For every alleged, headline-grabbing crime associated with Alex Murdaugh, mirror-image incidents have played out within his family's past, including parallel instances of fraud, theft, illicit trafficking of babies and booze, calamitous boat crashes, and even alleged murder. There were some crimes committed by Alex's kin that even he would not dare mimic. Covering a century of depravity in an impoverished and isolated stretch of the Deep South, Swamp Kings weaves together the jaw-dropping narratives of generations of Murdaughs before culminating in the telling of a murder trial for the ages. Page after page the family's legacy is laid bare as a spotlight is finally trained on the Murdaugh men who have long lorded over the South Carolina Lowcountry. "-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 1639365672
  • ISBN: 9781639365678
  • Physical Description: 448 pages, unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-445).
Subject: Murdaugh family.
Murdaugh, Randolph, Sr., 1887-1940 > Family.
Murdaugh, Alex (Richard Alexander), 1968-
Hampton County (S.C.) > Social life and customs > 20th century.
Hampton County (S.C.) > History > 20th century.
Hampton County (S.C.) > History > 21st century.
Lawyers > South Carolina > Hampton County > Biography.
Murder > South Carolina > History.
Hampton County (S.C.) > Biography.

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