As the trial of Alex Murdaugh continues, the new docuseries “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” has recently landed on Netflix. While the series has timely subject matter, it falls short in terms of its overall quality. The production, which spans three episodes, relies heavily on the personal accounts of those involved and lacks a cohesive narrative structure. This gives the series a disjointed and hurried feel, with the younger participants being particularly ineffective in telling the story.
Given the scattered nature of the series, it would have benefited from a narrator to provide more coherence. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and the audience is left to listen to the group of friends who were affected by the tragic boat accident that led to the death of 19-year-old Mallory Beach. Their accounts are accompanied by blurry reenactments that look like they were taken from a low-budget horror movie.
Although the title of the series references the murder of Paul Murdaugh and his mother, Maggie, which led to the trial of Alex, this is not the main focus of the first two episodes. Instead, the series focuses on the details surrounding the boat crash. Those who were present describe how Paul, who was known to drink excessively, was driving the boat, and how Alex and his wealthy family allegedly used their influence to shield him from the consequences of his actions.
As more information comes to light, it seems there are other allegations and inconsistencies surrounding the Murdaugh family’s history of evading scrutiny in suspicious events. One such event is the death of Gloria Satterfield, their housekeeper and nanny. The family claimed she was seriously injured after falling down a flight of stairs due to their dog.
The documentary series “Murdaugh Murders” includes interviews with several important people involved in the case, such as Paul’s girlfriend, Morgan Doughty, Mallory Beach’s friends Miley Altman and Connor Cook, and Mallory’s boyfriend, Anthony Cook. However, the most revealing information comes from Mark Tinsley, an attorney representing Beach’s family. Tinsley presents evidence of occasions when the Murdaughs allegedly received preferential treatment from the authorities, which goes beyond Paul escaping consequences for the fatal boating accident.
In conclusion, while “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” has the potential to be an engaging true-crime docuseries, it ultimately falls short due to its lack of structure and reliance on inexperienced narrators. Despite its timely subject matter, viewers may find themselves disappointed with the final product.