HBO Max’s ‘Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty’ as well as Netflix’s ‘Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal’ focuses on the influential Murdaugh family from Lowcountry, South Carolina. The family members had been a legal mainstay in the area for close to a century before a flurry of incidents led to their fall from grace. One of them was a boating accident that involved young Paul Murdaugh and five of his friends.
In February 2019, a boat crashed near Parris Island, South Carolina, killing Mallory Beach. While Paul was ultimately accused of driving under the influence, Connor Cook was one of the six people on it. On the shows, Connor’s parents, Christine and Marty Cook talked about everything that went through their minds upon learning of the accident. So, if you’re curious about where they might be today, here’s what we know.
Who Are Christine and Marty Cook?
Christine and Marty Cook got a call in the middle of the night on February 24, 2019, from their son, Connor. He told them there was an accident and asked them to come to the hospital he was being transferred to immediately. The previous evening, he and his girlfriend, Miley Altman, had gone to a house party with Paul and his girlfriend, Morgan Doughty, and cousin Anthony Cook and his girlfriend, Mallory Beach, in Paul’s boat.
It was reported that the group left the party around midnight before Paul and Connor decided to head to a bar in Beaufort, South Carolina. The six of them got back onto the boat shortly after 1 am on February 24, and the accident happened at around 2:20 am. In the aftermath, most in the group said Paul was drunk and was driving the boat at the time of the incident. However, in the productions, Marty revealed how Paul’s father, Richard Alex Murdaugh, called them continuously while they were on their way to the hospital, trying to convince them that Connor was the one driving — a claim Paul had made.
Connor himself later mentioned overhearing a phone call between Paul and his grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh. Paul had essentially asserted that Connor was driving the boat. Furthermore, Christine said that Paul had to be restrained in the ambulance because they were unable to control him owing to how drunk he was. Despite his state, it was reported that he was initially not given a sobriety test.
Marty had actually grown up alongside Alex, but they’d drifted apart after high school since he had apparently always thought of him as manipulative. On the shows, he also said that by the time he and Christine arrived at the hospital, Alex was already there and again trying to influence them by mentioning his reach in the legal system as a solicitor. Apart from that, the couple further indicated that Alex directed them to hire Cory Fleming as a defense lawyer for Connor. But they didn’t know at the time that Cory and Alex were classmates and quite close. So, the Cooks let Cory go as soon as they learned of the connection.
Where Are Christine and Marty Cook Today?
It was in September 2021 that Connor filed a lawsuit against Alex. As for Christine and Marty, it appears that they have since parted ways in terms of their relationship. The two still co-parent and are close to Connor and their other son, Cameron, but they are no longer romantically involved. In fact, Marty seems to be in a relationship with someone else at the moment, whereas Christine is single. We should also mention that Marty has been working as a General Commercial and Residential Contractor at Little Construction Co. for over 17 years, and the former couple still reside around Hampton, South Carolina. They were both honestly afraid to speak out regarding the 2019 incident owing to the power the Murdaugh family once held, yet they also did not want to hold back because no one is above the law and justice does need to be served.