SLED opens criminal investigation into 2018 death of former Murdaugh family housekeeper

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HAMPTON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) opened a criminal investigation Wednesday into the 2018 death of former Murdaugh family housekeeper Gloria Satterfield.

Satterfield died following what was described as a trip and fall accident at the Murdaughs’ home.

SLED said the inquest was initiated “based on a request from the Hampton County Coroner…as well as information gathered over the course of [the] further investigations involving Alex Murdaugh.

A letter sent to SLED by coroner Angela Topper said “Satterfield’s death was not reported to the coroner at the time, and no autopsy was performed. On the death certificate, mode of death was deemed “natural”, which is inconsistent with injuries sustained in a trip and fall.

The criminal investigation comes the same day Satterfield’s two sons filed a lawsuit against Alex Murdaugh in the 2018 wrongful death settlement that entitled them to a $500,000 wrongful death claim, which they say they still have not received. SLED is also investigating “the management of [Satterfield’s] domain.”

The lawsuit filed Sept. 15 also called for answers about the circumstances of Satterfield’s death.

Questions regarding the circumstances of Satterfield’s death have apparently circulated within the community for years.

During a deposition to the Department of Natural Resources in connection with the 2019 boating accident that killed Mallory Beach, a passenger and then friend of Paul Murdaugh told law enforcement he was initially scared to provide details of the events of that night, saying he was afraid of the Murdaugh family.

When asked what he meant, Connor Cook cited Satterfield’s death as a matter of concern:

“[It] it was said that Paul had pushed his [house maid] down the stairs and she died and nothing ever happened.

Satterfield was the Murdaughs’ housekeeper and nanny for more than two decades.

Editor’s Note: This story is out of date and will be updated.

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