'Murdaugh Murders' Is Coming Back to Cover a Wild Trial

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'Murdaugh Murders' Is Back to Cover a Wild TrialCourtesy of Netflix

The first season of Netflix's Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal already seems like a lifetime ago. But would you believe me if I reminded you that it was only this past February?

Yup, it was just earlier this year that America became obsessed with a South Carolina lawyer named Alex Murdaugh, and the various murders attributed to his family name. It was such a sensational crime that the Netflix documentary arrived just as his trial was getting underway, leaving much of the Murdaugh family's story to still sort through. Six months later, Murdaugh Murders Season Two is set to premiere with another three episodes on September 20.

For those who need a bit of a refresher, Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences after a jury found him guilty of two counts of murder. It all started with his son Paul, who was under indictment for driving a boat while drunk and killing passenger Mallory Beach. Following the initial events, both Paul and his mother, Maggie, were found dead at the Murdaugh family lodge. Though Alex made the 9-1-1 call and claimed he was not at the scene at the time, cellphone data later placed him at the lodge before their deaths.

"It’s like the Southern Succession," executive producer Julia Willoughby Nason told Vanity Fair about the documentary's success. "People really felt like they were living this in real time, even if they don’t know the family.” When Willoughby Nason first went to South Carolina, there wasn't even an indictment yet. Since, the culmination of a crazy murder story has still left people with questions. Even old cases, such as the 2018 death of the Murdaugh family’s longtime housekeeper Gloria Satterfield, are currently being investigated. As Willoughby Nelson called it, "this is the story that just keeps going on and on."

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