A curious consumer was seen digging around the brown leather cushions of a furniture set being sold among convicted killer Alex Murdaugh’s possessions.
Countless items belonging to Murdaugh went up for auction last week in the wake of his month-long trial in which he was given two consecutive life sentences for the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul.
Many of the items going under the gavel came from the South Carolina hunting lodge where Murdaugh committed the brutal murders in June 2021 – including boxes of spent shotgun shells and a hunting shirt marked with ‘Alex’ inside the collar.
Footage from the auction filmed by Law & Crime Network captured the hilarious moment one bidder was seen diving elbow deep into a couch – which later sold for a hefty $30,000 at the auction.
A curious consumer was seen digging around the brown leather cushions of a furniture set being sold among convicted killer Alex Murdaugh’s possessions
Footage from the auction filmed by Law & Crime Network captured the hilarious moment one bidder was seen diving elbow deep into a couch – which later sold for a hefty $30,000 at the auction
As the network interviewed throngs of people descending on the Liberty Auctions event in Georgia, one woman could be seen in taking her search to extreme levels as she dug around the couch.
In the background of interviews a woman wearing a black shirt and blue jeans was seen backing up onto the couch as she plunged her arm into the cushions out of sight. She appeared shocked as her arm remained in the couch.
Another shot shows the woman again with her arm within the couch cushions as she wrestled to find something deep within the upholstery.
The footage was later posted to TikTok and later Twitter – with many questioning whether she was in search of ‘murder weapons.’
‘Yes!!!! We were wondering if she found the murder weapons,’ said one user.
Others wondered whether she was in search of something with more monetary value.
‘Is she looking down the cushions of that murderabalia for loose change?’ said another.
Scenes from inside the warehouse where the auction was held showed rows of possessions laid out across long tables, as prospective bidders sorted through the items that once filled the sprawling country home of the prominent southern family.
The auction comes almost a year after the 1,700-acre mansion where the Murdaughs lived – and were murdered – was listed for $3.9million.
After a year on the market, the Moselle estate was sold March 22 for $2.6million, with proceeds for the sale reportedly going towards Murdaugh’s outstanding legal fees, Palmetto State Bank, his eldest son Buster and victims of the infamous 2019 boat crash, according to Fox Carolina.
Another shot shows the woman again with her arm within the couch cushions as she wrestled to find something deep within the upholstery
Two other bidders were seen taking snaps on the couch while the curious customer dug around the Murdaugh couches
The footage was later posted to TikTok and later Twitter – with many questioning whether she was in search of ‘murder weapons’
The new owners, James Ayer and Jeffrey Godley, decided to clear the house after their purchase and put all its contents up for auction.
Prospective buyers sifted through a variety of former possessions from inside the auction room, where long tables were filled with deer antlers, mounted turtle shells, decorative plates, figurines from a Christmas nativity scene.
Among the more expensive items on sale were lamps emblazoned with turtle shells, which sold for $800, a Yeti tumbler for $400, and mounted long horns which were given a hefty $10,000 price tag.
The first item auctioned off was an animal trap, which went for $500, which was later followed by a pair of rocking chairs for $850, and a couch from the family mansion, which fetched $30,000 after an intense bidding war.
In addition to Murdaugh’s own camouflaged shirt, numerous pairs of hunting boots could be seen in the inventory, along with a hat bearing a South Carolina Highway Patrol baseball cap.
And on top of the boxes of shotgun shells, boxes of unused rifle bullets were up for auction, along with a hunting crossbow, rifle scopes, and what appeared to be a case for a rifle or shotgun.
The furniture up for auction consisted of a set of leather couches and armchairs, along with countless wooden tables, bureaus, bedframes, bookshelves, and lamps.
The items up for sale were sourced from the Murdaugh family home, which was listed for $3.7 million
Alex Murdaugh (right) with his murdered wife and son, Maggie , 52, and Buster, 22, (center) along with his surviving son Buster
Leather furniture up for sale at the Murdaugh estate auction on Thursday afternoon – the ouch went for a hefty $30,000
A large crowd of people bidding on items from the Murdaugh estate on Thursday afternoon
There were also various household appliances, cameras, thermoses, tools and toolboxes, a pair of salt and pepper shakers decorated with The Grinch, flashlights, and household decor.
According to ABC4 News, items from the auction were seen being sold on eBay less than 24 hours later.
Sellers claim the pieces were purchased at the Georgia auction, with photos of them or the items identified at the Liberty Auction sale.
Among the listings is a crossbow with a starting bid of $14,000. The seller is listed in Columbia, South Carolina.
Another seller claims to have a hunting jacket from the Moselle estate with the starting price at $275.
Meanwhile, a decoy duck is also listed, with a current bid of $82.
Murdaugh is currently housed in high-security Kirkland Correctional Institution, one of South Carolina’s most notorious prisons.
And while the disgraced former lawyer escaped the death penalty for the murder of his wife Maggie and son Paul, prosecutors recently revealed they are seeking a third life sentence conviction for financial crimes, which would mean Murdaugh will spend the rest of his life behind bars due to the state’s ‘three strikes’ law.
He is currently appealing his murder convictions, but the state is specifically seeking three additional convictions for breach of trust totaling $10,000 or more.
Three additional convictions on the breach of trust charges would result in a life sentence, removing his chance of parole.
A hunting crossbow up for sale at the Murdaugh estate sale on Thursday afternoon
A wall of hunting trophies up for auction from the Murdaughs’ mansion
A shirt bearing Alex Murdaugh’s name that is up for auction in Georgia on Thursday
Boxes of shotgun shells, bullets, and rifle clips up for auction from the Murdaugh estate
Murdaugh’s trial lasted six weeks and included more than 75 witnesses, but culminated in a jury taking less than three hours to find the 54-year-old guilty of killing his wife and son
Murdaugh’s trial lasted six weeks and included more than 75 witnesses, but culminated in a jury taking less than three hours to find the 54-year-old guilty of shooting his wife and son dead.
Prosecutors said Murdaugh killed the pair to divert attention from financial crimes that were about to be exposed, including the millions of dollars he embezzled from his law firm and its clients.
The lying patriarch took the stand himself to tearfully testify about his crippling opioid addiction and how his love for Maggie and Paul meant he could never harm them.
But jurors took just 45 minutes to decide the disgraced lawyer was guilty of the grisly murder of his own family, earning him two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.