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For almost a century, the Murdaugh family was synonymous with the law in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Members of the clan served as solicitors, or local prosecutors, in five counties before establishing one of the most prominent law firms in the area. But the image of power and influence began to crack about four years ago—when 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh drunkenly crashed a boat, killing a 19-year-old friend.
What happened next would obliterate the good Murdaugh name, leave two members of the family dead, and put a third on trial for their murders in a saga that has transfixed the nation for more than a year.
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