At the end of 2019, Mandy found herself craving a pivot in life and reached out to Will Folks, the founder of FITSNews, about a position. By January 2020, she was hired as an editor and took over on the Murdaugh beat.

While it felt good to be supported in her reporting, Mandy still felt uneasy about not working by Liz’s side every day. But the transitions kept hitting, with David facing a job layoff and the two adopting a puppy: our company namesake, Luna!

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Mandy started taking over on the public health beat at FITSNews, putting the Murdaugh saga on the temporary back burner.

By June, Mandy tapped back into the Murdaugh story and was gifted a microphone to attempt recording her long dreamed-about podcast, then called On Archers Creek after the location of the boat crash.

Mandy continued to dig into the Murdaugh family and by October she was looking into Alex Murdaugh’s financial situation. It was in this reporting that Mandy introduced readers to the 2018 wrongful death suit of Gloria Satterfield, the Murdaugh family’s longtime housekeeper and a mother of two.

Gloria Satterfield

The Murdaugh family’s longtime housekeeper, died unexpectedly at the Murdaugh residence in February 2018.

According to Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, who allegedly witnessed the incident, Gloria hit her head on stairs outside the residence after the family dogs knocked her down. 

Alex told Gloria’s two surviving sons, Tony and Michael Satterfield, that they could file a wrongful death suit to make money from an insurance settlement. 

Eric Bland, co-host of Cup of Justice Podcast, is the Satterfield family attorney and directly represents Tony and Michael. 

Mandy and Liz discussed Gloria’s case in great detail in Murdaugh Murders Podcast EP 91.

Paul’s “huge drinking problem” was on full display Luther’s Rare & Well Done, the last public stop before he allegedly crashed in boat into Archers Creek Bridge.

Stay tuned for exclusive audio of On Archers Creek, documents and more!

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