The Elephant in the Room at the Murdaugh Murder Trial - MPM #78


This past week, the defense team has started presenting its case in the double murder trial of Alex Murdaugh. Today, Murdaugh spent his final day on the stand answering questions from prosecutors, admitting to having fabricated stories, and committing financial fraud that he will be eventually tried for. But WHY has there been no serious discussion about how opioids may have contributed to the Murdaugh family’s tragic circumstances? Does the family’s intergenerational trauma lead to their substance abuse issues? This means there has been no mention of how the misuse or addiction to opioids could have played a part in the events that led to the murders.

Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, as well as illegal drugs, like heroin. They can be highly addictive and have been the subject of a public health crisis in the United States in recent years, with many people becoming addicted to prescription painkillers and turning to illegal opioids like heroin and fentanyl when they can no longer obtain prescription drugs. Why is no one discussing the Opioid Crisis?!


Episode takeaway: In my opinion, the saga of the Murdaugh family is a cautionary tale on how intergenerational trauma can create a ripple effect of tragedy and destruction. The family system is enmeshed in their trauma at this point. Enmeshment inevitably compromises family members’ individuality and autonomy. It can also enable abuse, and I hope the surviving free society family members can break free from this toxic pattern.


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*This podcast episode touches on the themes of trauma, emotional well-being, and resilience in the face of tragedy. It is ideal for listeners interested in mental health and true crime. It’s important to consider seeking support from a licensed mental health professional or support group. Talking with a trusted friend or family member can also be beneficial in overcoming trauma, and its aftermath. Psychology Today: American Psychological Association: National Institute of Mental Health: