On September 4, 2021, Alex Murdaugh asked Curtis “Cousin Eddie” Smith to kill him. At least, that’s what Smith says in Season 2 of the Netflix series “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal,” TODAY reports. On June 7 that year, Murdaugh’s wife and son, Maggie and Paul, were murdered, and Murdaugh was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison for those crimes. The conversation Smith and Murdaugh had on the morning of September 4 was just one of many ways Smith is intertwined with the case.
According to Smith, he met Murdaugh decades earlier and worked odd jobs for the Murdaugh family, owners of a prominent family law firm in the area. He also knew Alex Murdaugh’s father, Randolph. So why would Murdaugh make such a gruesome request of his close family friend and distant cousin? According to Smith, Murdaugh said, “Because they’re gonna be able to prove that I’m responsible for Maggie and Paul.”
Smith said he then asked Murdaugh what really happened that night on the expansive rural South Carolina Murdaugh family estate where Maggie and Paul died. “Things just got all f***** up,” Murdaugh allegedly responded.