The family of the housekeeper who died on Alex Murdaugh’s property in 2️018 spoke out about being defrauded by the South Carolina lawyer for an interview that is set to air Friday night on NBC.
Speaking with “Dateline,” Ginger Harriott Hadwin said she was told that her sister, Gloria Satterfield, 57, tripped over some dogs at Murdaugh’s home and suffered head trauma as a result. NBC reported that Satterfield spent 21 days in the ICU before succumbing to her injuries.
Satterfield’s son, Tony Satterfield, revealed to “Dateline” that at the funeral, Murdaugh pulled him aside and told him he would ensure he and his brother, Brian Harriott, receive an insurance settlement for their mother’s death.
“I want to make sure the boys are taken care of,'” Murdaugh said, according to Hadwin. “Because he loved Gloria that much.”
However, a year passed and the family reportedly saw no sign of a payout.
Satterfield’s family was shocked to learn of the shooting deaths of the lawyer’s wife and son, Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, 52 and 22, which occurred on June 7, 2021, at their 1,770-acre lodge in Colleton County. They were also taken aback when news coverage about the case included mentions of Satterfield’s sons receiving a $500,000 settlement.
The family’s attorney, Eric Bland, told “Dateline” that his clients received “zero, not a dime.”
In September of this year, Satterfield’s two sons, filed a lawsuit accusing Alex Murdaugh, attorney Corey Fleming, and Hampton banker Chad Westendorf of stealing $4.3 million from their late mother’s estate, which included payouts from a wrongful death settlement. They claim the settlement money was funneled into a fake business created by Alex Murdaugh.
The family’s other attorney, Ronnie Richter, said they are still trying to ascertain where the multimillion settlement went.
“It is impossible to burn that kind of money in Hampton, South Carolina,” he told “Dateline.”
Alex Murdaugh was originally arrested on September 16 for allegedly having ex-client Curtis Smith, 61, try to fatally shoot him weeks earlier so his surviving son would receive a $10 million life insurance payout. Alex Murdaugh reportedly suffered head injuries and called 911 for help.
A day before the shooting, Alex Murdaugh was forced out of his family law firm amid allegations he misappropriated funds. He announced he was entering rehabilitation for drugs two days after the shooting.
Free on a $20,000 bond, Alex Murdaugh was leaving a Florida rehabilitation center on October 14 when he was rearrested for obtaining property by false pretenses in regards to Satterfield’s case. He has not yet entered a plea.
No arrests have been made in connection with Maggie and Paul Murdaugh’s deaths. Alex Murdaugh remains jailed without bond.
The full NBC “Dateline” interview will air Friday at 9 p.m. (EST)
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[Featured Image: Gloria Satterfield/Herndon & Sons Funeral Home; Alex Murdaugh/Hampton County Jail]