Alex Murdaugh, a South Carolina attorney was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday after being convicted of murdering his 42-year-old wife and a 22-year-old son.
Murdaugh could be seen wild-eyed, drunk and sneering with privilege when he was dressed as a Confederate soldier for a frat party in a photo published by DailyMail.
Murdaugh put on the confederate look joyfully for a 1989 ‘Old South’ party he attended with Kappa Alpha companions from the University of South California, according to reports.
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College companions remember him as a boasting bully who always bragged about his family’s high-powered connections, drank heavily, and challenged students to fistfights. “He would be verbally abusive to women. He would challenge his frat brothers or college classmates to a fight,” said his friend.
The Murdaughs held massive sway in South Carolina where three generations of his family served as district attorneys from 1920 to 2006 in the 14th Judicial Circuit solicitor’s office, South Carolina Circuit Court, spanning five counties and 3,200 square miles.
But immense wealth or influence could safeguard Murdaugh, 54, from justice for murdering his wife Maggie and son Paul at the family’s rural hunting lodge in June 2021.
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“We all have idiotic college pictures and Alex looks like a complete buffoon in this one,” Murdaugh’s former acquaintance told DailyMail.
He was a 21-year-old senior when he attended a 1989 ‘Old South’ party, a tradition that celebrated the Kappa Alpha fraternity’s southern roots.
Male guests at the party typically wore military outfits while women dressed in hoop skirts and southern belle hats inspired by the classic 1939 movie Gone with the Wind.
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“It was supposed to be about being a gentleman, but Alex Murdaugh was anything but that. He was unpleasant to be around, he had an abusive personality. I don’t know (how) he got Maggie to marry him or why she stayed with him for so long,” one o his friends reportedly said.