Prison Penpals?: Messages sent to Alex Murdaugh

Posted at 3:00 PM, April 26, 2023 and last updated 9:53 PM, April 26, 2023


McCORMICK, S.C. (Court TV) – Disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh is serving two life sentences for murdering his wife, Maggie, and his son, Paul, but that hasn’t stopped people from reaching out to him to offer their support.

Murdaugh, who was convicted on March 2, 2023, was already facing charges for his alleged involvement in an eight-year money laundering and painkiller ring. Most recently, Murdaugh had been indicted for tax evasion, and faces a lawsuit related to the money paid out after the death of his former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield.

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Alex Murdaugh booking photo

This March 3, 2023 booking photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows Alex Murdaugh after he was found guilty of murdering his wife and youngest son and given two life sentences. (SCDC)

A once-prominent attorney, the Murdaugh name was well-known in the low country where his family lived. Since his incarceration, his story has continued to capture the attention of some who have reached out to him.

Court TV obtained copies of the messages sent to Murdaugh through the prison’s inmate messaging system. Over the week of April 9-15, Murdaugh received 20 messages, most of them from women.

One writer, identified as Danielle H., sent Murdaugh a total of 11 messages on April 13 and 14. Her initial message, which says, “Good morning Alex, I’ve written you a few times before and am disappointed you haven’t responded. I know you have got to be receiving more mail than the whole prison put together. The last thing I want to do is upset you. I wished I was able to give you a big hug and say good morning. I’m going to continue writing to you. I live in (redacted). Hope you can enjoy your day. XO Danielle”

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Danielle sent a series of messages following her first, asking for him to respond. In one she said, “I went through hell setting this account up. I just would like to hear from u. I think I have become obsessed with you. I don’t care what you’ve done.”

“I don’t want anything from you. I just want to KNOW that you’re gonna be ok,” Danielle continued in a message sent on the evening of the 13th. “My stomach dropped when I noticed u were online. I know it sounds pretty crazy but I do think about you every single day. Probably a good thing you’re so far away. I don’t even know you. Why am I getting frustrated thinking you’ll never respond?”

Danielle’s messages continue to get more frantic, asking, “Just one little hi?” and “I’m begging you to respond” before saying, “I’m almost tempted to write you something erotic.”

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Most of the messages express support for the convicted killer.

“I just wanted you to know, which, if you’ve gotten my other mail, you’ll already know that I just wanted you to know there are people out here that believe that you aren’t meant to be in that place and just to keep fighting,” wrote Rachel B., who described herself as a young mother.

“I just wanted to reach out & let you know that there is people that believe your (sic) innocent! I’m so sorry for everything your (sic) dealing with. I hope you can appeal!” wrote Pamela M. on March 21.

“Just wanted to let you know there are people out here who see how you weren’t given a fair trial,” Krista E. wrote. “It doesn’t matter to me or my spouse, if you’re guilty or not you deserved a fair trial.”

Some of the people who wrote messages to Murdaugh offered expertise, with Brittany B. saying, “I just want to say that I have watched everything I can about the tragedy you’re dealing with and I want to start by saying that I honestly don’t believe that you are guilty. I’m currently studying forensic science in technology and I want to try to determine if there is a way to see how inaccurate the logged information is based on anything.”

In a second message, Rachel B. went further, saying, “I’m not sure if you’ll be able to see my profile information and picture on here but I’m sure I’d want to see who is writing me if I were you! I would bet I’m the hottest one you’ve gotten mail from thus far! Lol I’m kidding…maybe.”

Among the messages sent to Murdaugh was a note from Louise T., who said she lives in Scotland. “I am not like the other weird women who declare my love to you (I laughed my ass off reading about that stuff in the news), and I don’t have any agenda (media and whatnot). Just some support if you want it.”

Lacie K. introduced herself to Murdaugh, saying, “I find myself feeling the need to check in on you again. I sure hope it doesn’t seem odd. I promise I am not a weirdo. I am just a small town girl from Missouri.”

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Other messages to Murdaugh include requests for interviews and comments, from local news stations, the producers of a recent Netflix documentary and a person purporting to be an author writing a book.

Some of the messages reference sending money or other items. Amanda D. wrote that she sent $40, while several others offered to send any items Murdaugh might request.

“My name is Seth,” read one message. “I am a General Sales Manager at a Kia dealership here in (redacted) Georgia, and I correspond with several higher profile individuals who are incarcerated. I also like to send funds and support them whenever and however I can.”

The final message in the records supplied by the jail was from Danielle on April 14. She said, “Lots of women want you. Many would like to visit you. However, what you just went through, perhaps you don’t want to speak to anybody. I can’t blame you. No matter what you did do, or didn’t do, you’re still a human being and deserve to be treated like one. I typically never write to anyone who is incarcerated. I just think you’re different for some reason.”