(Originally published December 16, 2021)
*WARNING: This episode contains strong, uncensored adult language.*
It's now past 2 a.m. on a foggy February morning in the coastal waters Paul Murdaugh's boat has just crashed into a bridge at a high rate of speed along Archers Creek, near the Marine Corps training base on Parris Island.
Paul, Anthony Cook and Mallory Beach have been thrown into the cold, dark water. Mallory is missing. Morgan Doughty and Connor Cook have serious injuries. Miley Altman is trying to make sense of the turmoil around her. Everyone is frantic, except seemingly Paul, whose father's boat is a wreck and whose friends are in the throes of chaos.
Precious minutes pass like hours, as 911 dispatchers and first responders struggle to pin down exactly what is going on, and where these kids are.
Help eventually arrives, and first responders find a traumatic scene. Miley, Morgan and Connor are confused, hurt and in shock. Paul is in his underwear, pleading to borrow a phone. Anthony is seething with anger, directed at Paul.
As the teens finally begin arriving at the hospital, so do Paul's father, Alex, and grandfather, Randolph. The attorneys try to gain access to the teens in their hospital beds, and witnesses say they're telling the friends what to say.
The powerful, well-known attorneys' presence serves as a roadblock in the early stages of law enforcement's investigation. What really happened? And who was driving the boat?
Read more on the Murdaugh saga: https://abcnews4.com/murdaugh
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