Crowds lining up to look at items from Murdaugh estate

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 11:47 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2023 at 6:24 PM EDT
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - People are flocking to Liberty Auction in Pembroke Thursday afternoon to get a glimpse at items for sale from the Murdaugh family’s Moselle estate in Colleton County, South Carolina.

Doors open for the auction at noon and is set to start Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The owners of Liberty Auction told WTOC they expect around 1,000 people to come out to the auction, about double their normal crowd. They’re selling things like furniture, glassware, and other items from the Moselle property.

The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office is running security for the event. They say they prepared for upwards of 2,000 people just in case, due to the high profile of the Murdaugh family. They’ll have deputies assisting with traffic and parking, as well as monitoring the inside to ensure everything goes smoothly.

“As soon as the Sheriff found out what was going on, we put a plan of action in immediately. We knew it was going to draw in quite a large crowd. We’re such a small area, large crowds tend to overwhelm us a little bit, we knew we were going to have to put in the appropriate security measures,” said Jennifer Fleming with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.

The auction house is located right along Highway 280 in Pembroke. Fleming says if you’re local, it’s best to find a different route as the crowd begins to pick up.

The first person in line this morning says she showed up to the auction at 8 a.m. She says it’s because Maggie Murdaugh’s story resonated with her.

“I felt that I needed to honor, as a person who’s come from domestic violence, I needed to honor her memory by owning some sort of paraphernalia that she once owned. I wanted to share that message, and hoping to honor her, and keep her story alive,” said Dawn Martin.

Many at the auction – sharing the same sentiment.

“I think it’s more important to carry on Maggie’s legacy. I just had to come down,” said Lisa who is visiting from Ohio.

With customers like Lisa saying they were captivated by the case, which is what made her take the 11-hour drive from Ohio to Pembroke.

“I’m a true crime buff, so I decided I would come down, I came down a couple days ago, went to Walterboro and went to the cemetery, and did a bunch of things around town.”

Some items have made people take a second look – like extra ammunition, hunting clothes – and a large leather couch. The size of the day’s crowd leaving one regular of the auction house shocked.

“It’s surprising, everyone is really surprised.”

And everyone has their eye on something different.

“Glassware, dishware.”

“Furniture, some of the rugs and carpets.”

“Some jewelry, some salt and pepper shakers.”

A crowded auction house serving as yet another representation of a case that’s caught the attention of people nationwide.

We don’t have a final number on just how many people came to the auction yet. That number is expected to be anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000.