Body of Alex Murdaugh’s ex-housekeeper to be exhumed for re-examination

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Body of Alex Murdaugh's ex-housekeeper to be exhumed for re-examination

The body of scandalized South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh’s former housekeeper will be exhumed as part of a new investigation into her mysterious death, officials have announced.

Gloria Satterfield, 57, — who died in February 2018 at the home of Murdaugh — will be disinterred with the permission of her family, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Friday.

“This is a complex process that will take weeks, not days,” SLED spokesperson Renee Wunderlich told news station WLTX-TV.

Murdaugh, who currently faces a litany of fraud charges — including faking his own murder to provide his son with a $10 million insurance payout, claimed that Satterfield died after falling over a family dog and sustaining serious injuries.

Her death triggered a $4.3 million life insurance windfall that Murdaugh is accused of stealing away from her two sons with the aid of another lawyer.

Alex Murdaugh faces a litany of fraud charges -- including faking his own murder.
Alex Murdaugh faces a litany of fraud charges — including faking his own murder.
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Murdaugh seen at his bond hearing on Sept. 16, 2021.
Murdaugh seen at his bond hearing on Sept. 16, 2021.
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Officials are now delving into the circumstances around Satterfield’s death, noting that a local coroner was never alerted to the accident.

Murdaugh, an attorney, has since been indicted for defrauding her heirs and stealing settlement money from clients he represented in other cases.

Murdaugh’s wife and one of his sons were found shot dead on the family estate in June 2021 and no arrests have been made or charges filed in relation to those murders.

Murdaugh claims Satterfield, above, died after tripping over the family dog and suffering fatal injuries.
Murdaugh claims Gloria Satterfield, above, died after tripping over the family dog and suffering fatal injuries.
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Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, center, were found shot in their home in June 2021.
Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, center, were found shot in their home in June 2021.
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Two months later, Murdaugh was busted for scheming to have himself fatally shot so that his surviving son could land a $10 million insurance payout.

He was arrested after the man he hired only managed to graze him with a bullet rather than finish him off.

The botched plot unfolded just a day after Murdaugh was accused of stealing funds from the firm established by his great-grandfather.

The gates leading to the Murdaugh's South Carolina home.
The gates leading to the Murdaugh’s South Carolina home.
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Murdaugh with his wife and two sons prior to the mysterious 2021 murders.
Murdaugh with his wife and two sons prior to the mysterious 2021 murders.
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Murdaugh is currently charged with stealing more than $8 million from former clients.

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