Will Buster Murdaugh inherit anything? Plight explored in wake of Alex Murdaugh guilty verdict

Buster Murdaugh has also been implicated in a homicide case (image via The Murdaugh Murders/Netflix)
Buster Murdaugh has also been implicated in a homicide case (Image via The Murdaugh Murders/Netflix)

In the wake of the March 2 guilty verdict of Alex Murdaugh, speculations are rising concerning the fate of his oldest son, Buster Murdaugh, and whether or not he will inherit anything from his father's waning legal empire.

On Thursday, Alex Murdaugh was convicted of murdering his wife, Maggie, and his younger son, Paul. He has also been implicated in an assisted suicide scheme, as South Carolina authorities believe that the disgraced lawyer attempted to arrange his own murder to secure insurance money for Buster Murdaugh.

Don't forget the real victims of the Murdaughs. Mallory Beach killed by Paul, Stephen Smith killed by Buster, and Gloria Satterfield killed by Alex. I have no sympathy for paul murdaugh he got what was coming to him!

As per South Carolina reporters, while Alex Murdaugh ultimately failed in his insurance fraud scheme to secure money for Buster, the younger Murdaugh has received at least $530,000 from the sale of Maggie Murdaugh's estate.

Buster Murdaugh's name was removed from the Mallory Beach lawsuit

According to Yahoo, Buster Murdaugh is currently residing with his girlfriend, Brooklynn White, on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. In September 2021, Alex Murdaugh gave his oldest son the power to sell and dispose of his assets. As reported by WCIV, when a judge ordered that the family's assets be frozen, Buster claimed that he had no money to pay for basic amenities such as food, utilities, and medical insurance.

@TheEmilyDBaker I feel like Buster realized today that his dad murdered his mom and brother. Just my opinion. #MurdaughTrial #BusterMurdaugh

While it is unknown whether or not Buster Murdoch currently has any source of income, he reportedly used his share of the sale from the family home to pay off a settlement from a separate lawsuit.

The case, in which Buster was briefly implicated, concerned the death of Mallory Beach, a Murdaugh family friend who lost her life during a boat crash. Beach's family claimed that the now deceased Paul Murdaugh had drunkenly been operating the boat, while Buster Murdaugh and his parents were accused of helping the then-underaged teen procure alcohol.

After the settlement, Buster Murdaugh's name was removed from the Mallory Beach lawsuit, however, his legal concerns may be far from over. According to the Netflix Documentary The Murdaugh Murders, he has also been implicated in the death of Stephen Smith, a former friend whose body was found in Hampton County in 2015.

Now that Maggie & Paul we’re given the Justice they deserved, it’s time to arrest Buster for the murder of Stephen Smith!#JusticeForStephenSmith #MurdaughTrial #AlexMurdaughguilty #AlexMurdaughTrial #BusterMurdaugh #Verdict

WCBD reported that at the time of Smith's death, authorities stated that he passed due to blunt force trauma, most likely caused by a hit-and-run incident. ABC stated that after interviewing witnesses, investigators claimed Buster had been romantically linked to Smith. The Greenville News noted allegations and rumors among Hampton County residents that the death of Smith may have been an attempt to cover up the alleged relationship between Smith and the Murdaugh scion.

I hope Buster Murdaugh has some job skills because his silver spoon and inheritance is gone. That said, the investigation of the murder of Stephen Smith has been reopened and he may join his dad in prison.

While the case went cold then, in June 2021, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division reopened the murder case. As of February 2023, no suspects have been confirmed.

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