Parents Of Missing 22-Year-Old Woman Ask Fiancé’s Family To Disclose Her Location If They Have ‘Any Decency Left’

The family of missing woman Gabby Petito released a letter Thursday begging the parents of the woman’s fiancé to assist them in their search, Business Insider reported.

They asked the fiancé’s family in an open letter read by their attorney to assist them in finding their daughter if they have “any decency left,” according to Business Insider.

Petito, 22, left on July 2 on a cross country road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. She was reported missing on Saturday, 10 days after Laundrie returned to their Florida home in her white 2012 Ford Transit van without her. Petito is originally from Long Island, NY.

They asked the fiancé’s family in an open letter read by their attorney to assist them in finding their daughter if they have “any decency left.”

“We are writing this letter to ask you to help find our daughter. We understand you are going through a difficult time and your instinct is strong to protect your son,” Petito’s family said in a letter read during a New York press conference held by their attorney Richard Stafford. (RELATED: Speculation Swirls After 22-Year-Old Woman Goes Missing During Cross-Country Road Trip With Boyfriend)

“We haven’t been able to eat or sleep,” the family said. “Our lives are falling apart.”

Petito was last heard from at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. After Laundrie returned from the trip without her, he has refused to speak with investigators, several news outlets have reported. He has since obtained a lawyer and was named as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance.

“Right now, we are investigating a missing person case,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said at a press conference on Thursday.

When asked if there was currently any criminal investigation into Petito’s disappearance, Garrison said “not at this time,” the New York Post reported. He also said they were not able to bring Laundrie in for questioning at the current time.

“At this time, it’s a missing person case,” he said.

“Two people went on a trip, one person returned,” Garrison said at a press conference on Thursday. “And that person that returned isn’t providing us any information.”

Petito’s family addressed Laundrie’s parents in the letter and stated that they “believe you know the location of where Brian left Gabby. We beg you to tell us.”

“As a parent, how could you let us go through this pain and not help us?” the letter read. “If you or your family have any decency left, please tell us where Gabby is located.”

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Fully Vaccinated Woman Dies From COVID-19; Family Blames the Unvaccinated in Obituary

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Vaccine shaming has reached new levels. The family of a reportedly fully vaccinated Illinois woman is blaming unvaccinated Americans for her death from COVID-19.

Candace Kay Ayers, 66, died on September 3 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Ayers, along with her husband Terry, reportedly received the Moderna vaccine which utlizes messenger RNA technology.

“She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with covid-19,” her obituary reads. “She was vaccinated but was infected by others who chose not to be. The cost was her life.”

Family members believe that she contracted COVID-19 — despite being vaccinated — on a July trip to Mississippi when she and her husband went to visit a friend whose husband had passed away from the same Chinese virus. In truth, the family doesn’t know where she was infected with the virus.

The family appears to want to make a political statement out of Ayer’s death: “We want to hold every segment of the population accountable and responsible for where we’re at today,” her son Marc, told Fox News.

In addition to the Chinese virus, Ayers reportedly suffered from rheumatoid arthritis — an autoimmune disease which attacks the body’s joints. It is unclear whether this condition may have exacerbated her COVID-19 infection.

“This all could have been avoided,” Marc Ayers told CNN.

“This could have been prevented by a few acts of kindness. They were in a state that had one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Getting a vaccine and wearing a mask for others … had this been done, she would be here today.”

In an early August Facebook post, just after his mother’s diagnosis, Marc Ayers — who is also an animal rights activist — let unvaccinated people know exactly what he thought of them.

“If you’re able to get vaccinated and/or wear a mask but refuse to, just know that your selfish actions are threating (sic) the lives of others,” Ayers posted.

“Both of my parents are fully vaccinated (along with myself and my sister). We’re a family that believes in science and the recommendations of experts in the medical community. We were responsible, we wore masks indoors, and were so happy to have received a full vaccine so we could exit this pandemic and move on with our lives. Unfortunately some of you bought into the political nature of this crisis and threatened the lives of my family.”

Really, Mr. Ayers? You’re accusing others of putting the “political nature of this crisis” in play? Instead of blaming the unvaccinated, perhaps you could better use your energy finding out why the vaccine your mother took didn’t work. The reason to get vaccinated is to protect you from the disease, is it not?

People grieve in different ways, of course. If it helps Marc Ayers and his family to use his mother’s death in this way, he should go for it. It’s entirely possible that his mother even approved of how her obituary read.

But he shouldn’t be surprised when others question him about his motives.

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Fully Vaccinated Woman’s Family Blames Unvaxxed For Her Death: ‘She Was Infected by Others Who Chose Not to Be Vaccinated

Fully Vaccinated Woman’s Family Blames Unvaxxed For Her Death: ‘She Was Infected by Others Who Chose Not to Be Vaccinated – The Cost Was Her Life’

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Analysis: Where Canadian party leaders stand on life, family, and freedom

OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) – With the Canadian federal elections fast approaching, Canadians might be wondering where the various candidates stand on issues pertaining to life, family, and freedom. This article provides an overview of the ideas and voting records of the leaders of the most high-profile federal parties. 

Justin Trudeau – Liberal Party of Canada 

The current prime minister has consistently taken positions against the values of pro-life Canadians and, despite being a baptized Catholic who married in the Church, has admitted to being out of step with the Catholic faith. In 2009 Justin Trudeau stated: “As a politician I have political positions on gay marriage and on abortion that don’t at all resemble those of the Catholic Church.”  

Trudeau has consistently advocated for anti-life positions, regarding both abortion and euthanasia, and even called abortion a “fundamental right” when referencing his opposition to a Conservative MP’s motion to condemn sex-selective abortion.  

Under Trudeau’s watch euthanasia was officially legalized, and he voted to expand the reach of euthanasia by supporting Bill C-7. This bill makes it easier for Canadians to be killed by doctors, even when mentally ill. 

Trudeau even voted against Bill C-510, which aimed to protect pregnant women from coercion to abort. 

Trudeau publicly supported various LGBT causes and was the first Canadian prime minister to march in a Pride parade.  

Trudeau has supported Bill C-10, which would let the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission regulate the internet and social media in line with their regulations for broadcasting services. 

Recently, Trudeau has also stoked fear and inculcated a segregation mentality into Canadians by demonizing Canadians who choose not to take the novel COVID-19 jabs as “anti-vaxxers,” a danger to society. 

Erin O’Toole – Conservative Party of Canada 

Erin O’Toole has stated publicly that he is pro-abortion and that he has always been so. He has not been as outspoken in his support of anti-life or anti-family positions as Trudeau, but he has lent his support to anti-life and anti-family causes and laws. 

O’Toole did vote in support of Bill C36, which aimed to protect exploited persons from prostitution by criminalizing pimps and the purchase of human beings for sex. In 2016 he supported an amendment to the Liberal government’s pro-euthanasia Bill C-14 to protect freedom of conscience for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and healthcare institutions to refuse to participate in euthanasia, either directly or indirectly. The bill was defeated, however. 

In 2016 he voted for Bill C225, known as “Cassie & Molly’s Law” bill.  The bill aimed at amending the Criminal Code to make it a separate offence to kill or injure a preborn child while committing  a violent crime against a woman with the knowledge that she is pregnant. Strict minimum sentences were also proposed as part of the bill if the unborn child was killed or injured. 

Since he became the leader of the Conservative Party, O’Toole has taken a more overtly pro-abortion stance. In June, he voted in opposition of Bill C-233, which sought to criminalize sex-selective abortion; thus, O’Toole seemingly lent his support to aborting infants based on their gender. 

The Durham MP voted for the controversial Bill C-6, which aimed to criminalize parents, psychotherapists, and spiritual counsellors who help young people overcome gender confusion or unwanted sexual feelings. 

O’Toole has been less severe than Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh regarding mandatory vaccinations; however, he has still taken a hard line with his own candidates, saying they must either be tested daily or be vaccinated in order to run for office under the Conservative Party banner. He also supported the Trudeau government’s mandate of obligatory jabs for domestic air travel but said he would accept mandatory testing for those who are not vaccinated. 

The CPC leader has said that he would support a national certified vaccine passport, although it is not clear whether it would be required for domestic use or just serve as a standard document for Canadians to use where required.  

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With the FDA’s decision to officially approve the Pfizer COVID jab, calls to vaccinate schoolchildren and more university students will become louder and more insistent.

But, America’s children and young people must be protected from unknown future side-effects of these drugs, and parents’ rights must be respected!

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This petition will be sent to the leaders of every state legislature and to every governor in the United States, urging them to pass emergency legislation banning vaccine mandates for primary, secondary and university students.

Students simply have the right to be educated without being forced to violate deeply held principles and their own bodily integrity!

But, unfortunately, some private schools, like the Jesuit-run Brophy College Prep School in Phoenix, Arizona, have already mandated the COVID vaccine for their students, in spite of massive parental opposition. If parents or students reject the vaccine, students face intrusive weekly testing and exclusion from extra-curricular activities.

Also, more and more universities have actually started to disenroll unvaccinated students. But, even where that is not happening, not taking the vaccine often subjects students to masking, extra testing and additional administrative obstacles.

And now, with the Pfizer jab approval, Joe Biden’s Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, is threatening more mandates.

While it is true that the FDA approval for the Pfizer jab only pertains to those over 16 years of age, the pharmaceutical industry and some state actors have been pushing to get approval for pre-teens!

So, it stands to reason that the Federal government will try to impose vaccines on schools, for those 16 and over, as well as on all university students. But, eventually, such mandates could even apply to younger and younger schoolchildren.

That’s why state legislatures and governors must fight back against any attempt to coerce school students to take a COVID vaccine against their will!

Science and logic should dictate public health policy. And both say that mandatory vaccination for children and university students is not only unnecessary, but very likely dangerous for the future health of America’s youth.

The CDC reports that the rates of death, injury, and hospitalization are very, very low for children and adolescents and that COVID transmission in schools, both from student to staff and between students, is also very low.

And a European CDC study concluded that “no evidence has been found to suggest that children or educational settings are primary drivers of COVID transmission.”

So, right now, we know that schoolchildren are at very low risk of becoming very ill as a result of COVID, or of even transmitting the virus.

But, we don’t know how a hastily-prepared, unstudied vaccine will affect the health of millions of America’s youth in the future.

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Jagmeet Singh – New Democratic Party  

The leader of the NDP repeatedly voted against life and the rights of families and Christians during his time as a member of provincial parliament (MPP) in Ontario.  

As an MPP, Jagmeet Singh voted for Bill 89, legislation that gave Children’s Aid agencies the power to ban Christian and other faith-based couples from adopting children and the additional power to seize biological children from parents who disagree with LGBT and transgender ideologies. 

He also voted for the provincial Bill 28 that banned the words “mother” and “father” from Ontario law and socially-engineered the family such that children can now have up to 4 legal parents, none of them blood-related. 

The current NDP leader voted for legislation that sought to force Catholic schools to work with organizations that advocate against traditional teachings on marriage, and for a further sexualization of the health curriculum in Ontario.  

Singh tweeted in 2019: “Abortion is a fundamental right – and I’m glad Trudeau will say so to Pence today. But here in Canada we need to go further than committing to being #ProChoice – we need to push for better access and universal coverage so no woman who chooses abortion is unable to get one.” 

Singh has also been a staunch advocate of vaccine passports, and has even suggested that Trudeau has not moved quickly enough on the issue of national vaccination certification.  

Maxime Bernier – People’s Party of Canada  

The leader of the People’s Party of Canada has a mixed record regarding pro-life and pro-family legislation. In the past, Maxime Bernier has intimated that he is apathetically pro-choice, and his party, the PPC, doesn’t have an official stance on the issue. 

However, his supporters are largely Christian, and many of his rallies open with speeches from conservative Christian pastors and candidates, such as Randy Hillier. At a recent event in BC with Tanya Gaw of Action4Canada, Bernier listened as Gaw brought up the horror of sex-selective abortion. Bernier was visibly supportive of the crowd when they agreed with Gaw’s appeal for legislation against the practise. 

When asked about his personal opinion on abortion, Bernier said: “What is my personal opinion on that? I am the only leader of a political party that said publicly ‘I’m against sex-selective abortion.’ And I’m against late-term abortion […]. We are not a real democratic country when you can kill babies.” 

A speaker at the same event said that Bernier would support any member of his party bringing up a bill like the Heartbeat Bill in Texas, which effectively banned abortion after six-weeks’ gestation. 

Whether or not Bernier personally believes that abortion should be allowed in the early stages of a pregnancy remains unclear at this point, as his view seem to have evolved on the issue. However, he has not commented directly. 

Bernier does not have a consistent pro-family voting record, having supported a resolution at a 2016 Conservative Party convention that would abolish the party’s long support of the definition of marriage as a legal relationship between one man and one woman. 

He also voted in favour of Bill C-16 which enshrined “Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” into Canada’s Criminal Code and Human Rights Act. However, Bernier later said publicly that he regretted doing so, and that he had reversed his position. 

Bernier has been unequivocal in his opposition to mandatory vaccines and has been at the heart of the anti-lockdown movement in Canada. He has expressed on numerous occasions that the measures taken by governments to strip Canadians of their constitutional rights are wrong.  

He is currently the only leader of a major party who is explicitly against lockdowns and any vaccine coercion.  

Annamie Paul – Green Party  

The leader of the Green Party has no voting record as she has never served in parliament. 

Annamie Paul is proudly anti-life and will not allow pro-life views in her party. She also supports all LGBT talking points. 

Paul has said that vaccine passports are something her party is “considering very seriously.” She has not said whether the Greens are officially for or against mandated vaccines.  

Rod Taylor – Christian Heritage party 

Rod Taylor is a devout Christian and holds a biblical worldview. He supports all pro-life efforts and actions in support of the traditional family.  

He has never been elected to public office and therefore has no voting record.  

Canada’s federal elections will take place this September 20. To find out where your local elected representative stands on life and family issues, please consult Campaign Life Coalition .

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Cuba publishes draft family code that opens door to gay marriage

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HAVANA — Cuba published a long-awaited draft of a new family code on Wednesday that would open the door to gay marriage if approved, in a move that LGBT rights activists applauded cautiously as they remained wary of whether it would actually be implemented.

The new code defines marriage as the “voluntary union of two people” without specifying gender, as opposed to the current definition as the “union of a man and woman.”

The draft still needs to go to a grassroots debate, however, and will then be amended to take into account citizens’ opinions before going to a referendum. Activists fear the commission charged with it could relent under pushback from religious groups and those who prefer traditional machismo culture.

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They say the government should not have stipulated a referendum on what are fundamental human rights. The government says it wants to build rather than force acceptance of change.

In 2018 the government decided to withdraw an amendment to Cuba’s new constitution that would have opened the door to same-sex unions after campaigning by evangelical churches.

“The blueprint for the family code is everything one could have hoped for,” said Maykel Gonzalez Vivero, director of Tremenda Nota, a digital magazine that focuses on women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community and the Black community.

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“It took a long time and there was no transparency in its interminable process of nearly 15 years. But it’s there.”

Cuba, which sent gays to correctional labor camps in the early years after its 1959 leftist revolution, made considerable advances in LGBT rights in the 2000s and 2010s, despite the widespread persistence of machismo.

The island nation introduced the right to free sex reassignment surgery, banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and started holding annual marches against homophobia – Cuba’s equivalent of gay pride.

Many members of the LGBT community say, however, they have been frustrated by a slowdown in the pace of change in recent years while a handful of other Latin American countries have moved forward with approving gay marriage. (Reporting by Sarah Marsh in Havana Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Florida family loses six members in three weeks due to COVID-19

Six members of an extended Florida family who feared getting vaccinated died of COVID-19 in the span of just three weeks, according to a report.

Lisa Wilson — whose uncle, grandmother and four cousins succumbed to the virus — said she went door to door in Belle Glade for months trying to persuade residents to get vaccinated. Her husband, Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, was among the first in the farming community to get a shot, the Palm Beach Post reported.

But Wilson’s goodwill didn’t have the same impact on some of her relatives. Her 48-year-old uncle, Tyrone Moreland, died from the virus in late August. That set off a nightmarish chain of events that continued until Sunday when a fourth cousin, Trentarian Moreland, 44, also passed away from complications of COVID-19, Wilson told the newspaper.

“I was in their ears almost every day, ‘You’ve just got to do this,’” Wilson recalled Tuesday. “I’m beating myself up. Should I have pushed harder?”

A day after Tyrone’s funeral, Wilson’s 89-year-old grandmother, Lillie Mae Dukes Moreland, was hospitalized with the virus and died 24 hours later, the newspaper reported.

Wilson’s four cousins, including Trentarian Moreland, Shatara Dukes, 44, and Lisa Wiggins, 53, then died from the bug in rapid succession.

Lillie Mae Dukes was one of the six family members who perished from the COVID-19 virus.
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Wilson said she believes Tyrone Moreland and Dukes caught the virus while working at a food pantry. The other cases didn’t appear to be linked, but she said she was puzzled why they refused to get vaccinated.

“In my grandmother’s case, I think some of her children advised her not to do it,” Wilson told the Palm Beach Post. “They said she was too old, that it wasn’t safe, that she never left the house anyway.”

Her grandmother’s 93-year-old brother was hospitalized with the virus shortly after getting vaccinated, which Wilson said she believed led to doubts among the family.

“I think that secured it,” she said. “That was a big, big part that was weighing on her.”

Wilson thinks the 93-year-old was already infected when he was inoculated. He ultimately survived, but Wilson said her other relatives were also swayed by social media critics who cast doubt on the vaccine’s efficacy.

“I think a lot of them were afraid to take it,” Wilson said.

More than 49,000 people in Florida have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Just 56 percent of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated. In Palm Beach County, that figure stands at 63.9 percent, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Family of Navy Vet Held Hostage in Afghanistan Calls for Firing of Top Biden Official

Zalmay Khalilzad instrumental in withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Jack Beyrer • September 15, 2021 12:50 pm

The family of a Navy veteran held hostage by terrorists in Afghanistan since January 2020 is calling for the immediate dismissal of the Biden administration’s top representative to the country.

Charlene Cakora is demanding the firing of Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for Afghan reconciliation, accusing the official of ignoring the plight of her brother, Mark Frerichs. Khalilzad led the Biden administration’s negotiations for the Afghanistan withdrawal. Cakora said in a Tuesday statement that her family has not received a call from Khalilzad about her kidnapped brother since President Joe Biden took office.

“I have lost faith in Ambassador Khalilzad,” Cakora said. “[He] appears to have ignored my brother’s kidnapping. … They need someone talking to the Taliban who will make Mark a priority. Ambassador Khalilzad needs to be fired.”

Frerichs, a contractor working in Afghanistan for more than a decade, was seized by Taliban-backed Haqqani network operatives in January 2020. Sirajuddin Haqqani, a leader of the Haqqani network who is wanted by the FBI for terrorism, joined the Taliban government earlier in September in a cabinet-level position. He is responsible for planning a 2008 Kabul bombing that killed a U.S. citizen.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on the status of Frerichs, nor on whether they are considering the dismissal of Khalilzad. Biden has mentioned Frerichs in public once before in a July speech, but stumbled over his name when doing so.

Newsweek reported in September that a top Taliban official confirmed his organization is in talks with the government to secure Frerichs’ release and that the Taliban “hope[s]” it can come to an agreement. Cakora and others have offered the idea of exchanging former Afghan drug trafficker Bashir Noorzai for Frerichs.

“My nation and the Taliban have been at war for a long time,” Cakora said. “I know that when wars end, prisoners on both sides should have the ability to come home.”

A State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that it will “continue to press” the Taliban for Frerichs’s release until the veteran is brought home.

“Mark’s safety is extremely important to the United States, and we have made that clear to the Taliban,” a spokesman said. “Secretary Blinken spoke with Mark’s family in April, and senior U.S. officials, including from the Department of State, meet with the family regularly.”

Republicans and Democrats have expressed grave concern over Frerichs’ condition, especially as the United States loses what little leverage it had to secure his release during the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Frerichs’ senators, Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) and Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.), have pushed for their constituent’s release for months. Rep. Mike Waltz (R., Fla.), a top advocate for Frerichs’ release, issued a joint statement with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.) on Sept. 9 emphasizing the urgent need to bring the Navy veteran home.

“We call on the Biden administration to demand the release of U.S. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs, who has been held hostage for over a year by the Haqqani network, the leader of which was just appointed to the Taliban cabinet,” their statement reads. “It is inexcusable that his release was not secured prior to the full withdrawal of American military forces and diplomats.”

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What we know about the Murdaugh family

The bizarre and mysterious events surrounding South Carolina’s prominent Murdaugh family have spiraled out of control in recent months.

The latest development to engulf the family centers on disgraced legal scion Alex Murdaugh and revelations that he allegedly paid someone to shoot him dead.

The Murdaugh family has been making national headlines ever since the lawyer’s wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old son Paul were found dead three months ago outside the family’s hunting lodge near Islandton.

Since then, the saga has grown to involve allegations of stolen money, an opioid addiction, insurance fraud and the botched suicide attempt.

Here’s what we know about the Murdaugh family saga:

Unsolved murders of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh

Alex Murdaugh discovered the bodies of wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on June 7 near the dog kennels at their sprawling, 1,700-acre home.

They had both been shot multiple times.

Maggie and Paul Murdaugh were found shot to death outside the Murdaughs’ 1,700-acre home.
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In a 911 call, the elder Murdaugh can be heard telling police who he was and saying his “wife and child have been shot.”

“I’ve been up to it now. It’s bad,” Alex said in the call.

He found the bodies after returning home from visiting his ill father for several hours.

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The deaths are being investigated as a double homicide.
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Police have released few details related to the case, but investigators are probing it as a double homicide.

No arrests have been made.

The deadly 2019 boat crash Paul Murdaugh for which was awaiting trial

At the time of his death, Paul was awaiting trial for allegedly drunkenly crashing his father’s 17-foot boat into a Beaufort County bridge in February 2019.

Paul Murdaugh.
Paul Murdaugh was awaiting trial for allegedly drunkenly crashing his father’s 17-foot boat into a bridge.
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Paul was indicted on a charge of boating under the influence causing death in the crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach and hurt several others on the boat. 

Three people ended up in the water as a result of the crash and Mallory’s body wasn’t discovered until seven days later.

After Paul’s death, videos and police documents related to the crash were released amid allegations that law enforcement tried to cover for the Murdaugh family immediately after the boating ordeal.

In one video, a boat passenger can be heard telling police about Paul: “That motherf–ker needs to rot in f–king prison” and “he ain’t gonna get in no f–king trouble.”

Investigators are still looking into whether anyone tried to obstruct the boat crash probe.

Police were also looking at whether Paul’s role in the crash, or his legal woes, could have made him a target to be killed.

The state Attorney General’s Office officially dismissed the charges against Paul in August in what officials described as a formality in the wake of his death.

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The boat crash killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach and injured several others.

Missing millions allegedly stolen from law firm

South Carolina authorities are currently investigating claims that Alex Murdaugh stole millions of dollars from his high-powered law firm.

Alex had issued a statement on Sept. 6 announcing his resignation from the PMPED Law Firm that his grandfather founded over 100 years ago.

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Alex Murdaugh (right) is being investigated for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from his law firm.

At the time, Alex said he was entering rehab.

“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret,” Alex said without going into details.

“I’m resigning from my law firm and entering rehab after a long battle that has been exacerbated these murders. I am immensely sorry to everyone I’ve hurt including my family, friends and colleagues. I ask for prayers as I rehabilitate myself and my relationships.”

“The murders of my wife and son have caused an incredibly difficult time in my life. I have made a lot of decisions that I truly regret,” Alex Murdaugh said.
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The law firm announced just hours later that Alex was being investigated for the misappropriation of millions of dollars and that he had been fired.

A botched roadside shooting for an alleged $10 million insurance payout

The announcement of his firing and subsequent misappropriation investigation came just two days after Alex called 911 on Sept. 4 to report that he had been shot in the head in a roadside shooting in Varnille.

It has since emerged that Alex allegedly hatched the plan to have himself killed so his surviving son could collect on a $10 million insurance policy.

Alex admitted to police Monday that he hired a man to kill him — but the planned fatal shot only ended up grazing his head.

Curtis Edward Smith, 61, was arrested and charged with assisted suicide, assault and battery of a high aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, insurance fraud, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.

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Alex Murdaugh allegedly gave Curtis Smith, a former client, a firearm and directed Smith to shoot him in the head.
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Smith is a suspected drug dealer and one of Alex’s former clients, according to the Post and Courier. Alex represented Smith in a speeding case in 2013 as well as a personal injury lawsuit the previous year.

Alex allegedly provided Smith with a firearm and directed the man to shoot him in the head, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division affidavit.

After the shooting, Smith fled and ditched the gun.

Alex survived and called 911, telling police he’d been shot while trying to repair a tire on his Mercedes SUV. Authorities said at the time he was treated for a “superficial” gunshot wound to the head.

His attorney Dick Harpootlian told NBC’s “Today” Wednesday that his client was trying to withdraw from opioids and was experiencing “massive depression” when he began plotting how to kill himself.

Alex’s attorney said he hatched the plan to have someone kill him so his only surviving child would get his $10 million life insurance policy.

“He believed that $10 million policy had a suicide exclusion,” Harpootlian said. “Suicide exclusions are only good for two years, and he didn’t realize that. So he arranged to have this guy shoot him.

“It was an attempt on his part to do something to protect his child. He didn’t want law enforcement spending time on this fake crime instead of focusing on solving the murders of Maggie and Paul.”

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Family of missing New York woman says her fiancé refuses to help find her or even speak with police — even though she mysteriously disappeared during a road trip with him

The parents of a missing New York woman say that their daughter’s fiancé — who was with her when she went missing — is refusing to say where he last saw her or even why he returned home from a Wyoming road trip without her,
NBC News reported.

What are the details?

Long Island’s Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, was traveling with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, across the country in a van on a road trip to Wyoming when she apparently went missing.

Petito and Laundrie had been
documenting their travels across the country to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where Petito was reportedly last seen in late August. According to a report from the Sun, the couple left from Blue Point, New York, in July and, after various stops across the country, arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, in August.

The two reportedly left the area due to heavy smoke and wildfires in the area and stopped in Grand Teton National Park on Aug. 25 — Petito’s last known location. The two initially intended to reach Portland, Oregon, for Halloween on Oct. 31, but Laundrie abruptly opted to return to his family home alone in Florida instead.

Richard Stafford, an attorney for the family, told NBC News that the family is “going through the worst moments of their lives.”

“Their beautiful 22-year-old daughter is missing and the one person that can help find Gabby refuses to help,” Stafford said, adding, “Brian Laundrie was traveling with Gabby in the Grand Teton-Yellowstone area. They were traveling together in Gabby’s 2012 Ford Transit fan. That is where we believe Gabby was last seen.”

Laundrie, along with Petito’s van, returned to Florida, where Laundrie’s family resides — but without Petito.

In a Monday statement, a spokesperson for the North Port, Florida, police said, “We currently have no definitive information that a crime took place here in North Port. With that said, the circumstances are odd. The vehicle she was traveling in was located here in North Port. So we are actively gathering local details and any evidence to assist in finding needed answers.”

Authorities took the van into custody on Saturday to conduct forensic tests, and the FBI’s Tampa Field Office is working with New York’s Suffolk County police in the investigation.

‘Remaining in the background’

An attorney for Laundrie did not respond to NBC’s request for comment on the Petito family’s statement, but earlier in the day, Laundrie’s family released a statement saying that the situation is “understandably an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family.”

“It is our understanding that a search has been organize for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” the family’s attorney, Steven P. Bertolino said. “On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family. On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

Stafford responded to the family’s statement on Tuesday night, saying, “The Schmidt and Petito family beg the Laundrie family to not ‘remain in the background’ but to help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life. How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located?”

He added, “Brian is refusing to tell Gabby’s family where he last saw her. Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers.”

Police have yet to name Laundrie as a suspect in Petito’s disappearance.

Anything else to know?

WTVT-TV on Tuesday
reported that Utah police were called to an “incident” involving Petito and Laundrie two weeks before she went missing.

The outlet reported that it obtained a police report that Utah authorities were called to an “incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito roughly two weeks before she was last seen and a month before she was officially reported missing.”

Moab Chief of Police Bret Edge told the station on Tuesday, “Our officers did respond to an incident involving Brian Laundrie and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021 however neither Brian or [sic] Gabrielle were the reporting party. … Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”

WTVT reported that Florida officials visited Laundrie at his family’s home in Sarasota County this weekend, but he refused to talk.

“You had someone who was in constant communication with her family on a pretty regular basis and then all of a sudden, nothing,” Joshua Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department said. “All of a sudden, the person she is traveling with is back here and she is not here. That person is unwilling to talk with us to this point.”

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