On May 16, Murdaugh made a phone call to his 26-year-old son from a high-security correctional facility — the sibling and parent of whom Murdaugh has been found guilty of murdering.
Despite his inability to obtain a sufficiently speedy phone, Buster’s father consistently supported him throughout the trial, as evidenced by his appearances in their calls.
According to the audio obtained by local outlet FITSNews, opened a brief chat with Buster, greeting him by saying “Hey, buddy.”
Buster promptly replied, “Hey, I’m quite pressed for time. I just embarked on a ferry to return to Hilton Head Island from Daufuskie [Island].”
Murdaugh expressed, seemingly indicating his lawyer Jim Griffin, “Yes, I understand, I — I have been attempting to reach out. It was expected of me to contact you while you were with Jim, um, regarding this gathering.” “Nevertheless. Why don’t [you] send him a text and inform him that I am attempting to reach out to him?”.
“Okay,” Buster responded.
“Did he speak to you about that? About the matter, about [inaudible],” Murdaugh said as the line crackled.
“No, I also can’t comprehend you,” Buster replied.
“You, adore you,” Murdaugh stated to his son. “With Jim and he will contact you, inform him that I am planning to, um, I am gonna, okay, okay.”
“Okay. I also love you,” Buster said in a flat and speedy manner after a touching pause.
“So extremely proud of you,” Murdaugh added.
“Thank you,” Buster said before ending the call.
The entire dialogue between the father and son lasted only 42 seconds.
Sources familiar with the call informed FITSNews that the heated conversation potentially occurred during the period when Buster was recording an exclusive interview for the forthcoming documentary on the Murdaugh family saga, which will be aired on FOX Nation.
The three-episode series was produced on Daufuskie, indicating that Buster was possibly returning from the shoot when he spoke to his dad.
In June 2021, on the extensive Moselle property owned by the family, Murdaugh was found guilty of fatally shooting his wife, Maggie, and younger son, Paul, in the dog enclosures.
He is currently serving two consecutive life sentences at Institutional Correctional McCormick for a series of alleged financial crimes, while awaiting additional proceedings.
Prosecutors claimed earlier this year, during the bombshell trial, that Murdaugh used funds from his troubled family to cover up the deaths of his son and wife.
To date, he has been charged with numerous financial wrongdoings – including multiple instances of tax avoidance – across at least 19 indictments.
In May, Cory Fleming, the college mate of the former successful lawyer, confessed that he assisted the resident of Low Country in embezzling more than $4 million from a settlement for the wrongful death of the housekeeper of the Murdaugh family estate, who passed away while working in 2018.
Murdaugh pleaded not guilty to 22 charges of deceitful actions, which included the arrangement plot, towards the conclusion of May.
In 2019, Mallory Beach lost her life in a boat accident fueled by alcohol, which was caused by Paul Murdaugh. Murdaugh, who allegedly has good rapport with his fellow prisoners, is also expected to face interrogation regarding the lawsuit filed by Mallory Beach’s family for her untimely death.
Buster Murdaugh supported his father throughout the trial, and reportedly began “weeping uncontrollably” upon hearing the guilty verdict.
The ex-law student currently resides on Hilton Head with his girlfriend, lawyer Brooklynn White.
Allegedly expelled over a plagiarism incident, Buster was believed to have met the young couple at University of South Carolina Law School.
Murdaugh’s red-haired eldest son, who maintains a discreet presence in White’s $180,000 condominium, might encounter similar legal difficulties that led to the enigmatic demise of his former classmate, Stephen Smith.
Smith, 19, was found dead on Sandy Run Road in Hampton County, just a few miles from Moselle, on July 8, 2015.
While the initial ruling on his death was an accidental hit-and-run, Buster, a student nursing the locals and other loved ones, was implicated as a potential suspect and ultimately murdered.
Just a few weeks after his father’s conviction for murder, Buster strongly denied the “malicious rumors” about his connections to Smith.
“These unfounded rumors of my connection with Stephen and his demise are untrue,” he penned.
“I absolutely reject any participation in his demise, and my sympathy goes out to the Smith family.”
Earlier this year, a shocking Netflix special suggested that Smith, who was openly homosexual, had a concealed romantic involvement with Buster.
In the previous month, lawyers representing the family of Smith stated that the ongoing inquiry into his demise was showing “significant advancement.”