Cold link of Murdog family murders to Stephen Smith’s death revealed in 20/20 explosive doc and teen twin talk


The new 20/20 documentary about the mysterious Murdog family includes the revelation of her twin sister who died in strange circumstances in rural South Carolina.

Stephen Smith, 19, was found dead with a head wound in the middle of the road outside Hampton, his skull was partially crushed and his shoulder was dislocated.

The body of Stephen Smith was found in the middle of a rural road

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The body of Stephen Smith was found in the middle of a rural roadCredit: Facebook
Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex, all members of the prominent Murdog family

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Buster, Maggie, Paul and Alex, all members of the prominent Murdog familyCredit: Facebook

One theory is that Stephen Gas was exhausted and decided to go home when the semi truck clipped, but Stephen’s mother, Sandy Smith, denied the assumption in the 20/20 documentary.

“The mother knows her baby, and my son doesn’t,” Sandy said.

“He had his cell phone. He was six miles from home,” she insisted. “He called someone.”

Stephen’s twin sister, Stephanie Smith, recalled the moment the coroner called for Stephen’s death.

In the 20/20 documentary, shortly after Stephanie called an investigator on her brother’s death, her father received another call.

“Randy Murdog is the second person to call my father after the Coroner,” Stephanie told ABC.

Randolph “Randy” Murdog is the older brother of the influential Hampton family member Alex Murdog.

Randy “He wanted to take the case and it would be free,” Stephanie said.

But her father was “a little disinterested” in accepting the offer.

Randy declined to comment on Stephanie’s statement to investigators regarding her alleged phone call.

In the documentary, Randy said, “I knew who Stephen Smith was and I knew his family.”

However, Randy said in a 20/20 documentary that there was “no connection” between the Murdog family and the death of Stephen Smith.

Others in the community reached out to Sandy with rumors that the “Murdog boy” may have been involved with the death of her son.

In a recording of the documentary, the South Carolina State Trooper tells an unknown phone tipster that he has received at least “nine phone calls” about a rumor linking the Murdog family to Stephen’s mysterious roadside death.

Two former South Carolina Highway Patrol detectives, Sandy and Todd Proctor, who investigated Stephen’s death, found no evidence to back up Murdoff’s connection to the case.

Mallory Beach died in 2019 after a boating accident

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Mallory Beach died in 2019 after a boating accidentCredit: Brochure

Mallory Beach’s parents spoke in the 20/20 documentary, recalling their daughter who died after an accident involving a Murdog family boat.

Alex Murdog, son of Alex and Randy’s nephew, pleaded not guilty to multiple criminal charges in Mallory Beach’s death.

Mallory and Paul were part of a group of six teenagers who set out on the boat in 2019.

According to police, the teens were “severely intoxicated”, they were all minors and could not legally buy alcohol.

Her body was found seven days after the February 2019 boat crash.

Relations with the Murdog family’s legal system raised questions about whether Mallory’s death investigation was properly done.



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