Column: The Murdaugh murder trial has spun a dark tale
There is not a Southern Gothic story, murder or else without the devil in a starring role. The combination of elements are murky — half-lit nights, characters either eccentric or “tetched” in the head, absurd circumstances and long drawls that often feature poetic words learned from English poets, Shakespeare or the King James Bible. The evil, quite frequently, is masked by courteous manners and a deceptive gentleness and likability.
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