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The Murdaugh family was one of South Carolina's most powerful legal families. Three generations of Murdaughs held the position of solicitor in the lowcountry for almost one hundred years. In February of 2019 a boat crash killed 19 year old Mallory Beach. Paul Murdaugh, the son of prominent SC attorney, Alex Murdaugh, was charged with three felony counts of boating under the influence, including causing the death of Mallory Beach. June 7, 2021 Alex Murdaugh found his wife, Maggie, and son, Pa ...
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In November of 1997, two days before Thanksgiving, Earl and Terry Robertson were brutally murdered by their son, Jimmy Robertson. The story captivated the nation. The story of a well off couple being murdered by their math genius son caught the eye of the country. Plus, Jimmy had an accomplice. What was her story? The trial was covered gavel to gav…
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Two and a half years after the estate of Mallory Beach filed a lawsuit claiming civil conspiracy and outrage by the Parker's team, some discovery may finally take place. The defense filed three motions to compel discovery to attorneys representing the estate. They were seeking information about dissemination of a confidential mediation video, knowl…
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Matt and Seton discuss State reporter, John Monk's report that Alex Murdaugh was in a prison fight with an inmate who assaulted his niece. Becky Hill the former Clerk of Court of Colleton County is facing 76 counts of misconduct according to the State Ethics Commission. Impact of Influence is part of the Evergreen Podcasting Network Seton Tucker an…
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FitsNews editor and reporter, Will Folks joined Matt and Seton to discuss how social media might effect reporting and investigating crime stories, and how social media can react to what is being written or said by media outlets. https://www.fitsnews.com/ Will Folks is the founding editor of FITSNews.com. Prior to that he served as press secretary t…
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In 1889, two brothers, Andre and Edouard Michelin, started a company that made the world’s first removable pneumatic tires. Today, their names are synonymous with fine dining around the world. If you wonder what rubber tires have to do with the world’s greatest restaurants, I assure you it all makes perfect sense, even if the story isn’t perfectly …
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The most famous man in South Carolina lives in prison. He stands convicted of a staggering amount of wrongdoing—more than 100 crimes and counting. Once a high-flying, smooth-talking, pedigreed Southern lawyer, Alex Murdaugh is now disbarred and disgraced. For more than a decade, prosecutors asserted that Alex was secretly a fraud, a thief, a drug t…
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In this episode, we want to warn you that we will be talking about suicide and mental health. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, please seek help. There is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. All you have to do is call or text 988 and a trained counselor is there to help. In the last week we’ve received many messages askin…
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More Puzzling Questions Surrounding the death of Kadie Major This is a follow up episode to a March 20th episode we did on the death of Kadie Major. On January 17, 2008, the bodies of pregnant 26 years-old Kadie Majors and her ten month old daughter, River, were found near railroad tracks in Moncks Corner, SC. A coroner ruled Kadie's death a suicid…
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We start with the latest news on Colleton County Clerk of Court, Becky Hill. You may remember that Neil Gordon co-authored, Behind the Doors of Justice, with Becky Hill. Melissa Gordon was the photographer for the book. Since the book was published, Hill admitted to plagiarizing a portion of the book and she faces multiple ethics investigations. Hi…
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The book, Tremors in the Blood: Murder, Obsession, and the Birth of The Lie Detector explores the history of the polygraph. We discuss that history with the author, Amit Katwala. Are the machines "truth serum" or "junk science"? Did the inventors stand by the reliability? How has the polygraph failed law enforcement and people accused of heinous cr…
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On April 1, Alex Murdaugh was in federal court to find out his sentence on financial crimes. We discuss his failed polygraph and his sentence. Support our sponsor Regal Cinemas and Regal Unlimited. Sign up now in the Regal app or www.regmovies.com/unlimited and use our code IMPACTREG Impact of Influence is part of the Evergreen Podcasting Network S…
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Alex Murdaugh's plea deal on federal financial crimes is in jeopardy. Alex failed a lie detector test. The author of The Fall of The House of Murdaugh, Michael Dewitt, joins us to talk about the book and the death of Alex's mother. Support our sponsor Regal Cinemas and Regal Unlimited. Sign up now in the Regal app or www.regmovies.com/unlimited and…
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In 2008, a pregnant mother and her ten month old daughter were found dead near train tracks in Moncks Corner, SC. There were many questions surrounding her death. Kadie Major's death was ruled a suicide but Kadie's mother continued to fight for justice. The case was reopened in 2018. Seton Tucker and Matt Harris began the Impact of Influence podcas…
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The Burden is a new investigative true-crime podcast from Orbit Media. The show tells the story of Detective Louis Scarcella, once celebrated for his prowess in solving tough cases in 1990s New York City. Scarcella becomes embroiled in controversy as a group of convicted murderers (who all claim to be innocent!) turned jailhouse lawyers uncover his…
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The ACLU is challenging the South Carolina Department of Corrections policy preventing inmates from speaking to reporters in person, among other restrictions. Matt Siembieda is an attorney and law professor at Temple Law School. Mr Siembieda breaks down how the US Supreme Court has ruled on similar cases and how the SC policy will be challenged by …
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John and Elizabeth Calvert, disappeared from Hilton Head Island March 3, 2008. Their disappearance shook the beach town In the days that followed, law enforcement, closed in on Dennis Gerwing as a suspect Gerwing was an unassuming accountant As the police closed in , Gerwing took his own life. His method of suicide was odd In the days that followed…
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December 6, 2023 in Lexington, South Carolina a man was shot and killed on his property. Ryan Lindler Sr. and Ryan Lindler Jr., farmers from the area, were charged with the murder of Kevin Newhouse. The father and son are claiming self defense and may invoke the SC "stand your ground" law as a defense. Attorney Lori Murray joined the podcast as a r…
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Susan Smith Spicy Phone Calls and Murdaugh Updates New reports detail convicted murder, Susan Smith sexy communications while incarcerated. Will and should Smith's past relationship with a prison guard influence her upcoming parole? We cover all the latest Murdaugh, including a hand towel with a possible blood smear found at Moselle after the Murde…
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Susan Smith’s story shocked the nation in October of 1994 when she claimed a black man had kidnapped her two young sons. For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for their safe return but suspicions quickly turned to Smith herself. Susan Smith confessed on November 3, 1994 to the unthinkable she had strapped her children into t…
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Litigation involving Alex Murdaugh never seems to end. Some of the litigation discussed in this episode is Murdaugh adjacent. Alex's money is distributed to his victims, there is a defamation lawsuit, drug charges involving Alex's alleged dealers and more. Seton Tucker and Matt Harris started the podcast shortly after the murders of Maggie and Paul…
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Justice Toal denied a request from Alex Murdaugh for a new trial on his murder conviction. Alex's defense team argued jury tampering by Clerk of Courts, Becky Hill. You can hear parts of the evidentiary hearing in this episode, and our reaction to the action. Seton Tucker and Matt Harris started the podcast shortly after the murders of Maggie and P…
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Alex Murdaugh is hoping to overturn his conviction of murdering his wife and son, based on jury tampering. Attorney Nancy Jo Thomason shares her thoughts on how Alex's evidentiary hearing might go and what issues the jurors might face. Matt Siembieda is an attorney and law professor at Temple Law School. Mr. Siembieda gives a lesson on the case law…
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Alex Murdaugh's chance at a new trial based on jury tampering by the Colleton County Clerk of Courts took a big hit this week. Justice Toal made some decisions on how the evidentiary hearing will work will not make it easy on Alex's defense team. We break it down in this episode. Seton Tucker and Matt Harris began this podcast shortly after the mur…
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Columbia, SC attorney, Joe McCullough, joins the podcast to discuss what might happen in the upcoming hearings pertaining to Alex Murdaugh's charge of jury tampering in his double murder conviction. McCullough has practiced law in South Carolina for decades both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He represents two of the jurors who were part o…
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A judge has been appointed to hear Alex Murdaugh's allegation of jury tampering in his murder conviction. Both sides have filed pre-hearing briefs supporting their case. Becky Hill, the Colleton County Clerk of Courts, is embroiled in even more controversy. You can find Impact of Influence on Facebook. Seton Tucker and Matt Harris started the Impac…
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