Can’t unsee: Why shirtless photos of Alex Murdaugh are floating around

Posted at 3:00 PM, July 18, 2023 and last updated 3:27 PM, August 30, 2023


HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (Court TV) – While the sudden wave of shirtless Alex Murdaugh snapshots flooding news outlets and social media pages may seem cringe-y on the surface, they provide a fascinating window into what life behind bars is like for the newly convicted double murderer.

Alex Murdaugh reacts to sentence

Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison after conviction in double murder trial during his sentencing at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C., on Friday, March 3, 2023 after he was found guilty on all four counts. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool)

Murdaugh, who’s currently serving two life sentences at McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina, was given a prison-issued tablet that automatically photographs him whenever he logs on. That’s why he can be seen shirtless in his cell. (It’s summer in South Carolina, after all.)

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) began issuing tablets to inmates back in 2020.

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FITSNews obtained some of those photographs from the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

In March, Murdaugh was sentenced after being found guilty of gunning down his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, and son, Paul Murdaugh, in 2021 on the grounds of the family’s hunting lodge.

At the warden’s discretion, Murdaugh is able to monitor the appeals process in his murder case, attend certain hearings virtually, and keep track of his upcoming cases involving fraud and financial crimes on his prison-issued tablet.

According to the SCDC, the tablets cost the department nothing. Rather, they are provided for free by a company called GTL Solutions, which in turn makes money by selling various entertainment subscriptions to inmates.