Customers from Alex Murdaugh auction reveal their 'murder-abelia'
Murderabilia mayhem! True crime fans flaunt their loot from the Murdaugh family auction – including an eerie $45 paranormal mask one Georgia man believes will help him contact the dead
- Patrons from the Murdaugh estate auction have flocked to social media to show off items that once belonged to the scandal-hit family
- Eerie purchases included the family bible and a sofa which fetched $36,000
- One customer told DailyMail.com he plans to use a mask for paranormal activity
In the weeks after crowds flocked to a Georgia auction house to snap up possessions owned by the scandal-hit Murdaugh family, patrons have revealed their new ‘eerie’ belongings.
Morbid curiosity after Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to two life sentences for the the murders of his wife Maggie and son Paul drew shoppers from far and wide to bag up a piece of their own ‘murderabilia’ – with items going under the hammer for up to $36,000.
And while many units were sold for a huge markup thanks to their notorious former owner, paranormal expert Patrick Welsh Jr landed a creepy mask for just $45.
The head of the Paranormal Society of Savannah in Georgia said he was compelled to attend the auction because he is ‘always looking for paranormal artefacts’.
And the 50-year-old told DailyMail.com he purchased the ‘eerie’ wooden oriental-style mask after seeking out one of the murdered family’s possessions to ‘speak to anyone that would like to speak to us’ from beyond the grave.
Bidders and auctioneers filled a sweltering Georgia hall to purchase items from the Murdaugh estate on March 23
Patrick Welsh Jr said he planned on using a wooden oriental mask from Murdaugh’s hunting lodge
Alex Murdaugh (right) with his murdered wife, Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, (center) along with his surviving son Buster (left)
The mask was among thousands of items auctioned off by James Ayer and Jeffrey Godley, the purchasers of the Murdaugh’s sprawling South Carolina estate, on March 23.
A year after the 1,700-acre murder mansion was initially listed for $3.9 million, the buyers snapped it up for just $2.6 million, before deciding to clear the home and sell off its contents.
Proceeds of the sale went towards Alex Murdaugh’s outstanding legal fees, Palmetto State Bank, Buster Murdaugh, and victims of the infamous 2019 boat crash, according to Fox Carolina.
And one the possessions that found a new home was Welsh’s mask, which is now set to hang in the society’s ‘Haunted Grounds’ cafe and museum alongside a placard noting its former place inside Alex Murdaugh’s hunting lodge.
‘We plan on using it for an investigation,’ said the paranormal fanatic, who is set to add to the over 200 seances he has conducted over the years to speak to the undead.
‘We’ll see if we can use it to pick up on anything.’
An oriental-style wooden mask formerly hung in the Murdaugh family’s hunting lodge will be used as a ‘trigger object’ for ‘paranormal’ seances
Walls of hunting trophies went up for auction from the Murdaugh’s South Carolina mansion
A hunting crossbow was auctioned off at the Murdaugh estate sale
Alex Murdaugh, pictured, was sentenced to two life sentences after being found guilty in March of the 2021 slayings of his wife Maggie and son Paul
Welsh said the hunting lodge decor could potentially be used as a ‘trigger object’, an item used by paranormal believers to utilize its sinister energy.
The 50-year-old added that the atmosphere from inside the auction hall had a ‘weird feeling’, and that people sitting on the family sofas and sifting through their past possessions had a ‘bad energy’.
‘It was crazy,’ he continued. ‘It was really hot and stuffy, well over 1,000 people were inside, and because of the tables of items everyone was on top of each other.’
Welsh said that after witnessing the ‘weird’ instances of attendees sitting on the couches, one bidder stunningly snapped up one of the sofas for a huge $36,000.
Another of those who bought an item from the eerie auction said he planned on putting his purchase on display to attract punters from across America.
After splashing out on a bike owned by Maggie Murdaugh, Erin Craig told DailyMail.com he is intent on using it on his storefront because ‘it will serve its purpose best where people can look at it instead of it going to somebody’s backyard.’
Craig added that he paid over $3,000 for a variety of items from the Murdaugh auction, including an American flag, some Richard Alexander Murdaugh monogrammed glasses, and one of Paul Murdaugh’s wallets.
Erin Craig, of Colleton County, South Carolina, posed with Maggie Murdaugh’s bike after purchasing the item at the auction
One of the thousands to pour into the Georgia auction house was Shelby Freeman, 28, who said she got ‘carried away’ after finding quality items being sold for a bargain.
But after returning home with a haul of Murdaugh family possessions, she quickly regretted her shopping spree and felt the items ‘didn’t belong’ to her.
One of the items, a $25 white visor worn by murdered Paul Murdaugh, was returned by Freeman to surviving son Buster, as she told DailyMail.com she hoped the returned possessions would help him ‘find peace’.
Notably, the visor had been seen by jurors during Alex Murdaugh’s blockbuster murder trial, when the disgraced legal scion’s defense team played a video of the Murdaugh family celebrating Alex’s birthday while Paul wore the hat.
She added that she also spent just under $550 on Christmas ornaments and a nightstand, which contained bullets, lottery tickets and beer koozies labelled with family and friends’ names.
She says she had also offered to give those back, but Buster, 28, had not yet responded.
Shelby Freeman, 28, said she offered to return possessions to Buster Murdaugh after feeling she ‘wasn’t the rightful owner’
A white cap was bought at the Murdaugh estate auction that was previously worn by Paul Murdaugh just days before he was executed by his legal scion father
Alex Murdaugh’s defense showed footage of the father surrounded by friends and family at his birthday during his trial, where Paul was seen wearing a white visor later returned to Buster after it was bought at auction
Shelby also offered to return a nightstand she bought from the Murdaugh auction, which was surprisingly still filled with items including lottery tickets and bullet shell casings
The 28-year-old spent just under $550 on a number of items at the auction, including Christmas decorations, plates and a nightstand
Another bidder made a startling discovery after snapping up a camera owned by the Murdaugh family, finding a treasure trove of never-before-seen photographs of the family.
Dawn Martin, of Savannah, Georgia, said she had ‘followed the case very closely’, but only attended the auction on a whim after realizing it was being held nearby.
Her impulsive trip resulted in a gallery of family snaps after discovering the camera was still loaded with SIM cards.
Martin told WTOC the striking images included: ‘Alex with his arm around driving the boat, pictures of Paul holding up deer, hogs that he apparently had shot, pictures of vacations.’
‘I will say that it has changed me,’ she added. ‘I can’t unsee it. I never imagined that I would be owner of the things and hide a glimpse into the private view of their life.’
The Georgia woman insisted that she only decided to share a few of the remarkable images after looking through the depictions of Maggie.
‘She was the forgotten victim in this story and I feel honored that I saw them. But it’s like the novel, we know what happened in the end. So for me, it’s very eerie.’
Dawn Martin stumbled across a treasure trove of Murdaugh family photographs after purchasing a camera at the auction
The Georgian said she decided to share a few of the images after looking at the photographs of Maggie Murdaugh, who she feels was a ‘forgotten victim’ of the episode
A poem bought by auction attendee Ryan Tramel and his wife Krista was previously hung in the Murdaugh estate
Others who attended the auction revealed their purchases on social media, including Blaine Bradley, who also made a surprising discovery after buying Alex Murdaugh’s hunting vest.
Taking to TikTok to reveal his purchase, Bradley said he only bought the item to ensure the preservation of ‘a part of history, in remembrance of the family’.
After sifting through the hunting vest, he found an unopened can of Kodak dipping tobacco. The realtor added that he would be reaching out to a nearby crime museum to donate some of his purchases.
‘I would think that this is an important part of criminal history that people are going to want to see,’ he said.
He was joined in his bids for Murdaugh memorabilia by Ryan Tramel and his wife Krista, who shared online that they purchased a framed poem from the Moselle property.
Blaine Bradley shared his purchases on TikTok, which included the Murdaugh family bible for $5 and Alex’s hunting vest, which still contained Kodak dipping tobacco
The items up for sale at the auction were sourced from the Murdaugh family home, which was listed for $3.7 million
Thousands of people gathered to the auction, which an attendee told DailyMail.com was ‘really hot and stuffy’ and had an ‘eerie’ feeling
Lamps made out of turtle shells up for auction at the Murdaugh home sale on Thursday. They sold for $800
Boxes of shotgun shells, bullets, and rifle clips up for auction from the Murdaugh estate
Leather furniture up for sale at the Murdaugh estate auction on Thursday afternoon
When the auction got underway on March 23, 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.
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