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Randolph Murdaugh Jr. biography: 13 things about Varnville, South Carolina native

Randolph “Buster” Murdaugh Jr. was a lawyer born in South Carolina, United States. He attended Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, USA.

Murdaugh was known for his courtroom prowess, his flair for acting out murders before juries and his love of chewing tobacco. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was born in Varnville, Hampton County, South Carolina to Randolph Murdaugh Sr. and Etta Causey Harvey Murdaugh.
  2. He was 1 year older than his wife Gladys Willis Marvin Murdaugh.
  3. In August 1918, his younger brother John Glen “Johnny” Murdaugh was born.
  4. On September 15, 1918, his mother died in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina at age 29.
  5. On January 24, 1937, he married Gladys.
  6. In 1939, Gladys gave birth to their son Randolph “Randy” Murdaugh III in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA.
  7. On July 19, 1940, his father died in Varnville at age 53. His father was killed in a collision between his father’s car and a Charleston and Western Carolina Railway Co. (C & W.C.) freight train.
  8. On October 1, 1940, he filed a summons and complaint against C & W.C. As executor of his father’s will and estate, he demanded a judgment of $100,000 for the death of his father. On September 22, 1941, the case was settled and the amount was not disclosed.
  9. Succeeding his father, he was the solicitor for the 14th Judicial Circuit, a division of the South Carolina judicial system, from 1940 to 1986.
  10. In 1956, a federal grand jury indicted him for allegedly warning a bootlegger to move a still into a neighboring county to avoid the police and was acquitted.
  11. On July 10, 1987, his brother Johnny died in Charleston County at age 68.
  12. On June 10, 1997, his wife Gladys died in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina at age 81.
  13. On February 5, 1998, he died in Hampton, Hampton County, South Carolina at age 83.
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