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Why The Cast Of Yellowstone Looks So Familiar


Paramount Network’s electrifying neo-Western saga Yellowstone has gone from a little extended cable series with a big name star to a ratings powerhouse that ranks among the most watched shows on television. And it’s done so by delivering a singular brand of primetime melodrama, with series creator Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water, and Wind River) telling an epic tale of a ranching family fighting to keep their land and wrapping it up in a veritable spider’s web of political intrigue and classic Western mythos.

Simply put, there’s nothing else on television at  keen shoes  the moment quite like Yellowstone. But while the story is incredible and the action is bloody, there can be little question that the series’ obscenely talented cast is a big part of what keeps its viewership numbers steadily on the rise. However, most of the people in the series aren’t exactly A-list stars, but nevertheless, they’ve worked on some pretty high-profile movies and TV shows. So if there’s a particular face that you know you’ve seen before, well, here’s why the cast of Yellowstone looks so familiar.

Kevin Costner is a Hollywood legend

Kevin Costner in Yellowstone

Okay, so if there is one name on this list that you know — and really should know — it’s that of Kevin Costner. He is, after all, one of the most respected and revered actors in Hollywood, and has seen boundless success on both sides of the camera over his near four-decade career. While his work as Yellowstone’s steely-eyed and hard-hearted paterfamilias John Dutton is translating to a fresh wave of small screen success, Costner remains a bona fide movie star. After all, he’s appeared in a handful of legit iconic films, such as The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and JFK among them.

Just FYI, Costner is hardly a stranger to the Western genre either, having already saddled up for a handful of big screen cowboy classics like Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Open Range, and his Best Picture-winning Western opus Dances With Wolves. That being said, we’re fully aware that Costner is probably best known among viewers with at least a little bit of grey in their hair. So for all of you youngsters out there who’ve never shared a beer and a tear with your dad while watching Field of Dreams, it’s entirely likely you know Mr. Costner from his work as Jonathan Kent in the DCEU’s Man of Steel.

You’ve seen Kelly Reilly in some high-profile projects

Kelly Reilly in Yellowstone

Hopefully, you’re at least mildly familiar with Kelly Reilly’s face because she’s one of those actors who’s been perpetually on the fringe of a big-time Hollywood breakout for a while now. That her breakout hasn’t come yet is all but criminal at this point. Fortunately, Reilly has managed to build a career as a scene-stealing supporting player in recent years.

With any luck, Reilly’s razor-sharp work as the lone female Dutton sibling will help her get the attention of a few more asics shoes producers who recognize a commanding screen presence when they see it. And yes, Reilly’s work as the fiery Beth Dutton is the very definition of commanding, with the actor bringing serious weight to a fascinatingly duplicitous character who would feel equally at home in a Shakespearean tragedy as she does among the Big Sky melodrama of Yellowstone.

If you’re having trouble figuring out exactly where you’ve seen Reilly’s face before, fans of HBO’s detective drama True Detective will almost certainly recognize her from her season two turn as the Lady Macbeth-like wife of Vince Vaughan’s fading tough-guy crime lord. But if you checked out on of True Detective after the first season — and we know many of you did — it’s probable you know Reilly from her work as Mary to Jude Law’s Watson in the first two installments of the Sherlock Holmes franchise or as the venom-spewing Caroline Bingley in Joe Wright’s pitch-perfect 2006 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice.

Luke Grimes starred in a very different type of TV show before Yellowstone

Luke Grimes in Yellowstone

When it comes to actors you should probably be way more familiar with, say hello to Mr. Luke Grimes. On Yellowstone, you know him as Dutton Ranch foreman, devoted father, and ex-Navy SEAL Kayce, but in reality, he’s another one of those perpetually “on the fringe of a breakout performers” who too often find themselves relegated to the role of side character.

Unlike many of those long-time supporting players, Luke Grimes is still at a relatively early stage in his career — though it certainly seems like he’s been around longer than he has. So while we’re sure that certain Yellowstone fans have taken full notice of Grimes’ roguish looks and hardened glare, we’re guessing many of you still aren’t entirely sure where you’ve seen them both before.

Grimes actually made his screen debut back in 2006, when he appeared in Jonathan Levine’s breakout horror flick All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. A couple of years later, Grimes made his small-screen debut with a season-long run on ABC’s family drama Brothers and Sisters, but most of you will likely remember Grimes for his memorable six-episode arc as the kind-hearted bloodsucker James Kent on HBO’s True Blood.

Wes Bentley made his name in an Oscar-winning film

Wes Bentley in Yellowstone

For fans of 1999’s acerbic Best Picture winner American Beauty, Wes Bentley certainly needs no introduction as he’s all but instantly recognizable as the drug dealing, plastic bag-adoring, would-be filmmaker Ricky Fitts. Of course, if you missed out on that millennium-ending gem and somehow haven’t stumbled upon it in the past 20 years, Bently may be a bit more of an enigma.

As it turns out, that description suits him quite well, and it suits his murderous Yellowstone alter ego equally well. On the show, Bentley plays one of the elder Dutton brothers, Jamie, and he currently serves as the Duttons’ personal attorney (and sometimes ranch hand). Like several nike sneakers of the Dutton kids, Jamie has often found himself in tragically choppy waters, even teetering on the edge of suicide in the wake of some seriously troubling actions.

As for Wes Bentley, he had a few troubles of his own throughout the early 2000s, as he secretly battled addiction, and he was largely non-visible after his American Beauty breakout. Luckily, the talented actor got his act together in the new decade, delivering memorable performances in The Hunger Games, Welcome To Me, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. If you missed him in those films, you probably remember Bentley for his various turns on Ryan Murphy’s beloved horror anthology series American Horror Story.

Cole Hauser has always kept pretty busy

Kevin Costner and Cole Hauser in Yellowstone

While the sprawling Yellowstone narrative has made clear that the Dutton clan is no stranger to tragedy, the Dutton’s adoptive family member Rip Wheeler may be the most tragic figure of them all. Played by Cole Hauser with a visceral air of stoic, introverted intensity, Wheeler is a survivor of childhood abuse who put a bullet in his own father after the ruthless drunk took the lives of the youngster’s mother and brother. Trauma like that obviously left the young Rip with swathe of unchecked emotional issues — issues that the Duttons have made ample use of after adopting Rip and bringing him into the fold.

If you’re still trying to figure out where you’ve seen Hauser, well, there’s at least a half dozen or so movies and TV shows you’ve seen him in before. If you’re a fan of ’90s classic Dazed and Confused, you know him as the true-hearted football player Benny. If that’s not the case, you probably noticed Hauser as Matt Damon’s strong and silent running buddy Billy in Good Will Hunting or perhaps as the backstabbing law man in the sci-fi classic Pitch Black. Or maybe you remember him as the villainous Carter Verone in 2 Fast 2 Furious, bad boy Steve Curtis from E.R., or as Pinkerton Charlie Siringo in the short-lived Lifetime drama series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.

If you’re a CW fan, you’ve definitely seen Kelsey Asbille before

Kelsey Asbille in Yellowstone

Of all the central players that currently occupy the screen on Yellowstone, we’d bet that Kelsey Asbille’s is one of the least known. On the show, she plays Monica Dutton, wife to Luke Grimes’ Kayce Dutton — a status that’s more than a little complicated due to her direct relations to ancestors and elders of the Broken Rock Indian Reservation. Fans of Yellowstone will need no more backstory than that, as the Broken Rock Res shares a border with the Dutton Yellowstone Ranch, and it’s regularly in direct conflict with John Dutton and his clan about who rightfully owns the land that said ranch occupies.

While Asbille continues to play her part of “strong but endlessly stuck in the middle” to a T on Yellowstone, the actor is delivering what may well go down as her breakout performance. However, we think she should’ve had that breakout moment long before now. After all, she’s given some pretty fantastic performances before Yellowstone, like her 18-episode stint as Gigi on the CW’s One Tree Hill. And she followed that stretch a few years later with a winning, 13-episode run on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Of course, Asbille was already on the radar of Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan after her heartbreaking turn as Natalie in Sheridan’s marvelous 2017 indie Wind River.

Danny Huston is one of the all-time great character actors

Danny Huston in Yellowstone

Historically speaking, the term “character actor” has been applied to career supporting players who best serve a story by disappearing into virtually any role and making a fully three-dimensional figure of them. And if you’re at all familiar with the decades-spanning career of Danny Huston, then you already know that the term “character actor” was basically invented for him. If you’re not, then we’d recommend you sit down and immediately watch The Proposition, Children of Men, The Constant Gardener, 30 Days of Night, Wonder Woman, seasons three and four of American Horror Story, and the first two seasons of HBO’s Succession.

Or you could just see the sublimely talented actor as Dan Jenkins on Yellowstone. And yes, Danny Huston’s ecco shoes work as the greedy land developer has been nothing short of transfixing, with the actor imbuing his character with surprising humanity, even as Jenkins is regularly driven by insatiable greed and a power-grabbing hubris that’s too often led him into the realm of morally compromised, if not down right villainous. In short, Huston’s work on Yellowstone is exactly the sort we’ve come to expect from one of cinema’s finest character actors.

Gil Birmingham has made a solid career out of supporting roles

Gil Birmingham Yellowstone

Yellowstone certainly has no shortage of devious politico sorts, but few of the series’ politicos have been quite as shifty as the current chairman of the Confederated Tribes of Broken Rock and warden of the Broken Rock Reservation, Mr. Thomas Rainwater. In fact, over the course of the show, Rainwater has proven a most formidable foe to the Dutton clan’s Yellowstone legacy, not to mention the land that the Dutton’s claim as their own.

If you’re wondering where you’ve seen the actor who portrays Thomas Rainwater, well, the options are almost too numerous to count because Gil Birmingham has been busy, busy, busy over the past couple of decades. Still, odds are you remember Birmingham from his brief arc on the original run of Veronica Mars or for his turn as Billy Black in the Twilight saga. If that’s not the case, it’s possible you recall Birmingham from a tense, four-episode arc on Netflix’s House of Cards. And if you missed Birmingham in those projects, it’s entirely likely you remember the actor from his quippy work as Jeff Bridges’ second-in-command in the Taylor Sheridan-penned Hell or High Water or his emotionally devastating turn as the grieving father in Sheridan’s Wind River.

Meghan Markle gives first glimpse of daughter Lilibet in birthday video

Meghan Markle has given the very first glimpse of her newborn daughter, Lilibet Diana Mounbatten-Windsor, in a video to celebrate her 40th birthday.

In a swift blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, the camera pans to cute, never-before seen family photos on Meghan’s desk at her swanky Montecito, Calif., mansion — including one of baby Lilibet with her dad, Prince Harry, Page Six has confirmed.

The center photo on Meghan Markle's desk shows Prince Harry with baby Lilibet.
The center photo shows Harry with baby Lilibet.

The video shows one large photo of the couple’s red-headed son Archie — now 2 years old and a dead ringer for Harry — as well as three framed smaller black-and-white photos in front.

The center photo shows Harry gently kissing Lili, who asics shoes has not been seen since her birth at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in June.

Another photo is a family shot, while the third shows Meghan snuggling up to Archie.

Archie has also rarely been seen since the couple sensationally quit the royal family last year, with the most recent picture of him released to mark his second birthday in May showing him with his back to the camera.

Prince Harry and daughter Lilibet are seen in the center photo on Meghan Markle's desk.
A collection of family photos is briefly shown in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in Meghan’s birthday video.

The fun 40th birthday video is filled with Easter eggs. Markle’s laptop is propped up on a copies of her kids’ book “The Bench,” while she’s wearing necklaces from LA designer Logan Hollowell — a Taurus constellation in honor of Archie’s birthdate, May 6, 2019, and a Gemini constellation for Lili’s birthdate, June 4, 2021. Meanwhile, one her dogs, Guy, is lying on a bed behind her — as Harry comically juggles outside.

Meghan Markle shared family photos, including a glimpse of baby Lilibet, in her 40th birthday video.
Meghan Markle displays family photos — including a photo of Prince Harry with baby Lilibet, center — in her 40th birthday video.

To mark her milestone birthday, Meghan — who, as Page Six reported, is planning to enjoy a low-key day — has launched 40×40, a global project to encourage people around the world to commit to giving 40 minutes of their time to support women going back to work.

She has asked 40 activists, athletes, artists and nike sneakers world leaders to participate by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to women re-entering the workforce.

Among those who have committed 40 minutes are singer Adele, poet Amanda Gorman, fashion designer Stella McCartney, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared alongside Hollywood favorite Melissa McCarthy in the video to promote her charity message.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2020
Harry and Meghan, seen here in March 2020, welcomed their second child in June.

Upon turning 40, Meghan said she was struck that “time” is “among our greatest and most essential gifts,” especially “time spent in service to others knowing that it can contribute to incredible change.”

She pointed out that globally tens of millions of ecco shoes women had left the workforce during the past two years, in a large part due to the pandemic.

But many were still in unpaid roles like carers and she claimed research has shown fewer women than men will return to work as the pandemic recovery begins.

She added: “I believe mentorship is one way to help women regain confidence and rebuild their economic strength, and for my birthday I have asked 40 friends, activists, athletes, artists and world leaders to help kick off a global effort by contributing 40 minutes of mentorship to support women re-entering the workforce.”

Here’s What Happens Next on the Boosters

A family nurse practitioner administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in McMinnville, Ore., on Oct. 6, 2021. (Alisha Jucevic/The New York Times)
A family nurse practitioner administers a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic in McMinnville, Ore., on Oct. 6, 2021.

An independent panel of experts advising the Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday to recommend a booster shot for many recipients of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine and Friday to recommend authorizing booster shots of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose coronavirus vaccine for people 18 clarks shoes uk years or older, at least two months after the first dose.

So what happens now? There are further steps at the FDA, then steps at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the process ends with the states. Here’s how it breaks down.


— The FDA, a federal agency of the Department of Health and Human Services that controls and supervises medications and other elements related to public health, takes up the advisory panel’s recommendation, which includes the question of who should be eligible. The advisory panel’s votes are not binding, but the FDA typically follows them.

— The FDA’s top official — its acting commissioner, Dr. Janet Woodcock — issues the agency’s final determination on whether to authorize the boosters and for whom. Such decisions are typically issued within a few days of advisory committee meetings.


— An advisory panel to the CDC, the United States’ public health agency, reviews the FDA’s decision. On Thursday and Friday, that panel is scheduled to meet and vote on its recommendations regarding boosters.

— The CDC takes up that panel’s recommendations, and the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, issues the agency’s guidance on whether boosters should be used and who should be eligible. That guidance is deeply influential for states, doctors, brooks shoes pharmacies and other health care institutions, and the general public. As with the process at the FDA, the panel’s recommendations are not binding, but the CDC usually follows them.

However, there was a rare exception last month: When a CDC advisory panel rejected the FDA’s recommendation that front-line workers be included among those eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, Walensky overrode her own agency’s advisers and sided with the FDA.

The States

State health departments generally follow the recommendations of the CDC. In the case of the Pfizer-BioNTech booster, the shots began being administered widely immediately after Walensky announced the CDC’s guidance to allow them for people older than 65, patients in nursing homes and other institutional settings, those with underlying medical conditions, and front-line workers.

A California Construction Worker Asked a Speeding Motorist to Slow Down. He Was Shot Seven Times In Response.

The family of a California Black construction worker wants answers after their loved one was shot several times in what is now being looked at as a potential hate crime.

Bobby Gayle is still recovering, KCRA reported this week, after being shot seven times asics shoes this month in the town in California’s Central Valley. The incident took place on Oct. 8 while the 45-year-old man was on the job at a north Stockton restaurant.

Bobby Gayle (left), Michael Hayes (right) Credit: Family photo/Stockton Police Department
Bobby Gayle (left), Michael Hayes (right) Credit.

Bobby’s brother, Marlon Gayle, told the outlet that his brother had just finished the job when the shooting occurred. Marlon claims that Bobby saw a man driving at high speed through the parking lot and yelled for him to slow down.

The brother said the man, identified as Michael Hayes, 31, stopped his truck, got out and started shooting and spouting racial slurs. Marlon told the outlet he believes “it was a hate crime.”

He added, “The guy doesn’t know my brother. My brother doesn’t know him. Out of nowhere, he started calling him the N-word and started shooting him.”

On Friday, Hayes was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Marlon Gayle said he learned of his brother’s nike sneakers shooting through several voicemails the father of five left on his phone. The shooter missed several major arteries, but Bobby was ultimately hit in his throat, upper arm, shoulder and two times in the face.

The brother says they “don’t know if he’ll be able to work at the same capacity.” He added, “The doctors are letting us know. Our first thing … is being able to see that he is breathing right. He’s talking right.”

Prior to Hayes’ arrest, Stockton Police shared photos of the man and his truck on Facebook. There was also a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Stockton Police Assistant Chief Jim Chraska said that the department was “working with reporting to the California Department of Justice as well as the FBI. We have an officer on the FBI task force. So it’s important to us to make sure we get the community’s help.”

After the arrest, Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones thanked the “anonymous tipster and the hard work of our detectives for bringing a quick resolution to this case for the victim and his family.”

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies from Covid complications

WASHINGTON — Colin Powell, the retired four-star general who became the country’s first Black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died Monday due to complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated from Covid-19, his family said, and had been treated at Walter Reed National Medical Center, but was suffering from serious underlying conditions.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said.

Powell and his wife, Alma, were tested for Covid last Monday skechers outlet and both tested positive, a family spokesperson told NBC News. Powell was then hospitalized at Walter Reed. Powell had multiple myeloma, a cancer of a type of white blood cell, which can harm the body’s immune system, surgery for prostate cancer when he was Secretary of State and, more recently, Parkinson’s disease.

Powell became the first Black secretary of state under President George W. Bush. As the nation’s chief diplomat, Powell delivered a well-known speech to the United Nations Security Council in February 2003 laying out the White House argument for invading Iraq and stating that there was intelligence that the country had weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. troops launched an invasion the following month. The evidence he presented about Iraq having biological weapons was later proven to be incorrect. Powell left the administration shortly after Bush’s re-election in 2004.

Powell later expressed regret over the remarks before the U.N., saying in a 2005 interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters that it would tarnish his reputation and describing it as a “blot” on his record that “was painful then” and “painful now.”

Bush said in a statement Monday that he and former first lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by Powell’s death.

“He was a great public servant, starting with his time as a soldier during Vietnam,” Bush said. “Many presidents relied on General Powell’s counsel nike outlet and experience. He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend.”

Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq's alleged weapons programs to the United Nations Security Council in this Feb. 5, 2003 file photo. (Elise Amendola / AP file)
Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial he said could contain anthrax as he presents evidence of Iraq’s alleged weapons programs to the United Nations Security Council in this Feb. 5, 2003 file photo.

After rising through the military ranks, Powell became a four-star general and then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. He had served as U.S. national security adviser and deputy national security adviser for President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Powell served twice in Vietnam — during the first tour, he was wounded in action and on the second tour, he received the Soldier’s Medal for rescuing several men from a burning helicopter.

In a statement Monday, former Vice President Dick Cheney called himself “fortunate” to work with Powell, and said during both wars with Iraq he saw Powell’s “dedication to the United States and his commitment to the brave and selfless men and women who serve our country in uniform.”

President Joe Biden, who ordered flags to be flown at half-staff, said in a statement Monday that when he served in the Senate, he worked closely with Powell, whom he called a friend.

“Easy to share a laugh with,” the president said. “A trusted confidant in good and hard keen shoes times. He could drive his Corvette Stingray like nobody’s business — something I learned firsthand on the race track when I was vice president. And I am forever grateful for his support of my candidacy for president and for our shared battle for the soul of the nation. I will miss being able to call on his wisdom in the future.”

Despite serving Republican presidents, Powell said days after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that he could no longer call himself a Republican.

“I’m not a fellow of anything right now,” he said in an interview on CNN. “I’m just a citizen who has voted Republican, voted Democrat throughout my entire career. And right now I’m just watching my country and not concerned with parties.”

Powell broke with his party on several occasions in recent years, including when he endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president in 2008 over then-Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Powell endorsed Obama again in 2012 over the GOP’s nominee that year, Mitt Romney, and later became a vocal critic of President Donald Trump.

Former President Obama expressed his condolences in a statement Monday, saying that he appreciated Powell’s endorsements, especially in 2008.

“At a time when conspiracy theories were swirling, with some questioning my faith, General Powell took the opportunity to get to the heart of the matter in a way only he could,” Obama said, repeating Powell’s remark on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” at the time about the conspiracy theories that were swirling about Obama’s faith.

“’The correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he’s a Christian,’ General Powell said. ‘But the really right answer is, ‘What if he is?’ Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America,’” Obama wrote.

In 2016, it was revealed in leaked emails that Powell called the then-GOP presidential candidate a “national disgrace.” In June 2020, Powell and other retired military leaders blasted Trump for threatening to use military force against protesters. Powell said in an interview on CNN that Trump had turned away from the Constitution and that he was a habitual liar.

“We have a Constitution. We have to follow that Constitution. And the president’s drifted away from it,” said Powell, who made clear that, like in 2016, he would not vote for Trump for president and instead planned to vote for Joe Biden.

Powell was born in 1937 in Harlem, New York, to immigrants from Jamaica and grew up in the South Bronx, going on to get a bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York.

He is survived by his wife, their three children and multiple grandchildren.

Alex Murdaugh faces charges related to missing funds meant for housekeeper’s estate

Alex Murdaugh, the scion of a prominent legal family in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, was charged Thursday in connection with an investigation into the millions of dollars missing from a settlement involving the death of his longtime housekeeper, authorities said.

Murdaugh was arrested in Orlando, Florida, upon his release from a drug rehabilitation facility, where he had been recovering following his claim that he was shot in the head on a roadside in September, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, or SLED. He faces two felony counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and is expected to appear at an extradition hearing on Friday before he’s arraigned in Columbia, South Carolina, his lawyers said.

“Today is merely one more step in a long process for justice nike store for the many victims in these investigations,” the agency’s chief, Mark Keel, said in a statement. “As I have said previously, we are committed to following the facts wherever they may lead us and we will not stop until justice is served.”

The heirs of Gloria Satterfield, a family housekeeper who died three years ago in what was initially described as an accidental fall, have insisted they received none of the proceeds from a $4.3 million settlement they said was orchestrated in secret by Murdaugh.

Satterfield’s adult sons, Michael “Tony” Satterfield and Brian Harriott, filed a lawsuit accusing Murdaugh and others of breach of fiduciary duty in failing to pay them. Where exactly the money went and whether others profited remains unclear, but Satterfield and Harriott were entitled to receive over $2.7 million in life insurance proceeds, according to a previously undisclosed order shared last month with NBC News and other media by the estate’s lawyers.

The estate’s lawyers, Eric Bland and Ronald Richter, alleged that after legal fees related to the settlement were paid, the remaining money went to a company called Forge, which Murdaugh had “made up.” A check was sent to a P.O. Box set up by Murdaugh, and he “ended up with all the money,” they added.

Corey Fleming, the lawyer who represented the brothers at the time of the agreement, said this month that he and his law firm will pay back the estate the legal fees and expenses they collected and their insurance carrier will pay its “full policy limits,” according to the lawyers for the estate.

Satterfield was 57 when she died from injuries sustained from a fall in the Murdaugh home, where she was an employee for more than two decades, according to the estate’s lawsuit. The estate’s lawyers said Murdaugh had told others that the family dogs had caused her to trip and fall down the stairs. Satterfield was in a coma for three weeks before she died.

Bland and Richter said Murdaugh’s arrest Thursday was “bittersweet.”

“Since early September the families are dealing with the betrayal of trust and that their loved one’s death was used as a vehicle to enrich others over the clients,” the lawyers said in a statement.

Murdaugh’s lawyers said they had not seen details in the arrest warrant but their client “intends to fully cooperate with this investigation.”

Murdaugh’s arrest — his second in two months — is the latest in a twisting saga that has raised questions about the family’s powerful connections.

Killings unsolved

From the beginning, authorities have considered Murdaugh a person of interest in the deaths of his wife, Margaret, and son Paul, one of his lawyers said in an interview Wednesday, while insisting that his client was not involved.

Murdaugh’s actions on the June night that he found his wife and son fatally shot at their rural estate have been scrutinized as state investigators wade asics shoes through evidence as well as untangle a web of criminal investigations — including the one involving Satterfield’s estate — spawned from the double homicide.

Law enforcement “has said from the get-go that Alex was a person of interest,” his lawyer, Jim Griffin, told local Fox affiliate WHNS in Greenville.

State investigators have declined to comment about details of the investigation and Murdaugh’s status in the probe. Griffin did not immediately respond to a request for further comment Thursday, but he suggested to WHNS that investigators have been unable to connect his client with the slayings.

“You would think that if Alex was the one who did it, that SLED would have been able to establish that pretty easily that night,” Griffin said. “You would think they would have searched his house and found blood somewhere. You would think they would have found the murder weapons on the property. You would think they would come up with something to link Alex to the murders, forensically or independent evidence. And to my knowledge, they have not done that.”

From left, Paul, Margaret and Alex Murdaugh. (via Facebook)
From left, Paul, Margaret and Alex Murdaugh.

Murdaugh, 53, who worked as a personal injury attorney, had an alibi on the night of the killings, Griffin said, and was spending time with his mother, who has dementia, and her caregiver.

In a 911 call placed by Murdaugh at 10:07 p.m., he reported finding Margaret and Paul Murdaugh, who were unresponsive.

“My wife and child were just shot badly,” he said after finding their bodies near dog kennels on the property.

In the aftermath of the shootings, and despite not releasing names of suspects or persons of interest in the case or potential motives, state investigators said there was no danger to the public.

Roadside shooting

Murdaugh’s legal legacy — and deep connections throughout the Lowcountry for decades — quickly threw a spotlight onto him. His father, Randolph Murdaugh III; grandfather, Randolph “Buster” Murdaugh Jr.; and great-grandfather, Randolph Murdaugh Sr., were all elected to the same office as the region’s top prosecutor, spanning nearly 90 years.

His personal life unraveled when his attorneys say he hired a friend and keen shoes former client, Curtis Edward Smith, to kill him over Labor Day weekend so another son, Buster, could benefit from a $10 million life insurance policy. Murdaugh’s attorneys said he was depressed over the deaths of his wife and son and was spiraling from a 20-year drug addiction to opioids when he decided that he wanted to die.

Murdaugh was charged with insurance fraud, conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and filing a false police report, and he was released on a $20,000 personal recognize bond after turning himself in.

Separately, Smith faces several charges related to insurance fraud and assisted suicide as well as drug-related charges for methamphetamine and marijuana after authorities said they found those in his home.

Griffin denied that the plot was “an elaborate money scheme,” but rather the actions of a desperate man “who had lost his will to live.”

“If he was going to end his life, he was going to do it in a way that would benefit his son,” he said.

Griffin said Smith stood about 5 feet away when he met Murdaugh on a rural road in Hampton County and obliged his request by firing a .38-caliber revolver at his head. Griffin also responded to questions regarding why Murdaugh had no visible head injuries when he appeared in court last month, even though he insisted to police that Smith shot him.

Griffin acknowledged that he also did not see a bullet wound, but he is awaiting hospital records to verify Murdaugh’s injuries.

Murdaugh’s account is just one of many inconsistencies that have made it difficult to pin down what transpired on the day of the shooting, although authorities in their arrest warrants have offered up his version of events.

But Smith and his lawyer, Jonny McCoy, are pushing back. On NBC’s “TODAY” show on Thursday, they disputed that Smith was a willing accomplice as well as claims that he was Murdaugh’s drug dealer.

Smith, 61, has said Murdaugh had called him and asked to meet him on the roadside with his work truck. When he got there, he saw Murdaugh had a gun and it appeared he was going to shoot himself, which is when Smith said he intervened. The gun fired. Once Smith realized Murdaugh was OK, he said he drove off.

In his initial account shared by his attorneys after the shooting, Murdaugh said he was checking on a flat tire when he was the victim of a random attack by a person in a blue truck.

McCoy said Murdaugh’s shifting stories make him unreliable, while Smith has been steadfast in what he says happened.

“You’re perpetuating the lie that Alex Murdaugh put out, and that’s exactly what he’s used to,” McCoy said on “TODAY.” “He’s used to people listening to his word, and he’s used to people taking that and running with it. And that’s exactly what happened in this case.”

Other missing money

The funds in the Satterfield settlement aren’t the only finances under scrutiny.

Murdaugh has also been accused by his former law firm of pocketing potentially millions of dollars.

The firm — Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, which was founded by Murdaugh’s great-grandfather — filed a lawsuit this month claiming Murdaugh “submitted false documentation to the firm and to clients that allowed him to funnel stolen funds into fraudulent bank accounts.”

Another attorney for Murdaugh, Richard “Dick” Harpootlian, told “TODAY” that the “vast majority” of the funds were used to buy opioids and that there were “checks written to drug dealers.”

The state’s investigation into the allegations remains ongoing. Murdaugh’s attorneys said he is remorseful as investigators continue to work on the original case and determine who killed his wife and son.

“He deeply regrets that his actions have distracted from the efforts to solve their murders,” they said Thursday.

Gabby Petito autopsy: Coroner says death caused by strangulation

The Wyoming medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito said Tuesday that the 22-year-old’s death was caused by strangulation.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue made the announcement during a virtual news conference.

“After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, hey dude shoes with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito. We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” he said.

Blue initially ruled Petito’s manner of death a homicide pending final autopsy results.

He said that law enforcement took DNA samples from Petito’s body and that she was not pregnant.

The time of death was estimated to be three to four weeks before Petito’s body was found, Blue said.

He added that under Wyoming state law, only cause and manner of death are released after an autopsy is conducted, and said that no other information about her death would be released.

A park ranger's vehicle sits at a road block near the entrance of Spread Creek Campground in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
A park ranger’s vehicle sits at a roadblock near the entrance of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Moran, Wyo., on Sept. 19. 

Petito’s body was discovered in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area of Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park, on Sept. 19 — eight days after her family reported her missing and nearly three weeks after her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, returned home from a cross-country road trip without her.

Laundrie was called a person hoka shoes of interest by police in North Port, Fla., where he and Petito lived with Laundrie’s parents before embarking on their trip. Laundrie’s parents reported him missing on Sept. 17, four days after they told police he told them he was going for a hike in a nearby nature reserve.

Authorities have been scouring the 24,565-acre Carlton Reserve for Laundrie ever since. There have also been unconfirmed sightings of Laundrie along the Appalachian Trail, in Canada and in Mexico. TV personalities, including Duane Chapman — known as Dog the Bounty Hunter — and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, have joined in the search.

Petito’s family has issued public pleas for Laundrie’s parents to cooperate with authorities. Police say the Laundries initially did not share “any helpful details” in the search for Petito.

The FBI executed a search warrant at their home a day after the discovery of Petito’s body.

FBI agents take away evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 20. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
FBI agents take away evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie in North Port, Fla., on Sept. 20.

On Sept. 22, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie for alleged unauthorized use of a Capital One debit card belonging to Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” Michael Schneider, FBI special agent in charge, said in a statement announcing the warrant. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. hey dude Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”

In a statement released after the coroner’s findings Tuesday, Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s lawyer, said, “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy.”

“While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” the statement read. “At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the fraud charge pending against him.”

The case has garnered widespread national media attention — as well as criticism of news outlets for not covering similar cases involving people of color. It has also drawn intense interest on social media, with online sleuths scouring the couple’s posts on Instagram for potential clues.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. (via Facebook)
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. 

Petito and Laundrie had spent months visiting national parks in their converted 2012 Ford Transit van, documenting the trip on social media.

Petito’s family, who live on Long Island, said they lost contact with her in late August and reported her missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie returned home to Florida in the van without her.

As media coverage of her disappearance intensified, police in Moab, Utah, released body camera footage of officers pulling the young couple’s van over dr martens boots near Arches National Park on Aug. 12 following a report of a “domestic problem” between the pair outside a natural food store.

The footage showed Laundrie with scratches on his face and a visibly distraught Petito wiping away tears while telling one officer that the couple had been fighting and were struggling with “personal issues.”

Gabby Petito as seen on Aug. 12 this bodycam video provided by the Moab Police Department. (Moab Police via YouTube)
Gabby Petito as seen on Aug. 12 in bodycam video provided by the Moab Police Department.
This police camera video provided by the Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with Gabby Petito near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12. (The Moab Police Department via AP)
Police camera video shows Brian Laundrie talking to an officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with Gabby Petito near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12. 

“I’m sorry,” Petito told the officer. “We’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues.”

After questioning the couple separately for more than an hour, officers concluded that Petito had been the aggressor in the incident, but neither Laundrie nor Petito wanted to press charges.

“I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis,” the officers concluded in their report.

They instead decided to separate the couple for the night. Laundrie was taken to a motel and Petito was allowed to stay in the van. The pair reunited soon after and continued on their trip.

But according to audio from a 911 call, a witness told police that he saw Laundrie slap Petito multiple times in the parking lot of the natural food store. The city of Moab has launched an independent investigation into the police department’s handling of the incident, and Moab Police Chief Bret Edge has taken a leave of absence pending results of the probe.

Tara and Joe Petito listen to a police news conference in North Port, Fla., about their missing daughter on Sept. 16. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
Tara and Joe Petito listen to a police news conference in North Port, Fla., about their missing daughter on Sept. 16. 

Brian Laundrie’s family called the police after Dog the Bounty Hunter showed up on their property

Dog the Bounty Hunter stands in front of a brick wall
Dog the Bounty Hunter in 2019. 
  • Brian Laundrie’s parents called the police on Dog the Bounty Hunter over the weekend.
  • He has joined the search to find Laundrie and showed up at the family’s Florida home Saturday.
  • The North Port Police Department responded to a 911 call from the family on the matter, police said.
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Brian Laundrie’s parents called the police on Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman after he showed up at their Florida home over the weekend, police confirmed to Insider Monday.

The North Port Police Department responded to a 911 call from Laundrie’s family on Saturday. The family said Chapman was on the property of their North Port home, hey dude Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the police department, said.

The reality-TV star, who has joined the search to find Laundrie, the fiancé of Gabby Petito, was seen knocking on the door of the Laundrie family home on Saturday.

“We did not tell him to leave,” Taylor told Insider in reference to Chapman. “He left on his own.”

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Chapman said “it’s a shame” that Laundrie’s family “wouldn’t speak with us.”

“The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did,” Chapman said. “I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive.”

Laundrie, 23, has been the subject of a massive search since his parents reported him missing to police on September 17 – just two days after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance of the 22-year-old Petito.

His parents told police that Laundrie went out for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve with only a backpack three days earlier and never returned to their North Port home.

Authorities have been searching the 25,000-acre nature preserve for more than a week for Laundrie. But Taylor told Insider on Monday that search efforts there would be “scaled back” this week.

Petito’s body was found at a remote campsite in Wyoming on September 19, and her death was later ruled a homicide, according to a coroner’s initial findings.

Last week, a federal court in Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie in connection with the case.

Chapman said in a “Fox & Friends” interview hoka shoes on Monday that he had gotten more than 1,000 tips since he joined the search for Laundrie.

“We’re going through all those leads right now,” Chapman said. “I would say within 48 hours, we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at.”

Laundrie and Petito set out on a cross-country road trip from New York on July 2, and Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1 with the van the couple was traveling in but without Petito.

Gabby Petito case draws renewed attention to missing Arizona geologist Daniel Robinson

PHOENIX —After authorities on Sunday announced that they may have found the remains of Gabby Petito in Wyoming, a viral tweet reminded the public to keep 24-year-old Daniel Robinson in mind ⁠— a geologist who went missing in the desert just outside of Buckeye, Arizona, a little over two months ago.

But that was not all: A petition made by the Robinson family was created two weeks ago with the intention of holding accountable the Buckeye Police Department, the investigative agency on the case.

The petition has garnered more than 8,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon.

In it, his father David Robinson, states he has done more to find his son than the law enforcement agency since Daniel went missing.

“This petition gives (my family) steve madden shoes the ability to have their voices heard. Daniel’s family will feel empowered knowing that they have the community’s support and an agreed upon desire to see that everything is being done to find Daniel, my son, her son, their brother, their nephew, their grandchild, and their cousin home,” the petition stated.

More than that, David Robinson wants the police to criminally investigate his son’s disappearance due to findings from his own private investigator, including allegations that Daniel’s Jeep was driven after crashing and the crash site may have been staged.

Daniel Robinson was last seen leaving his worksite

Daniel Robinson, 24, was last seen on June 23, 2021, driving west from his work site in an area west of Sun Valley Parkway and north of Cactus Road in Buckeye, Ariz.
Daniel Robinson, 24, was last seen on June 23, 2021, driving west from his work site in an area west of Sun Valley Parkway and north of Cactus Road in Buckeye, Ariz.

Robinson was last seen the morning of June 23 driving near Sun Valley Parkway and Cactus Road in his 2017 blue Jeep Renegade.

Robinson did not tell anyone where he was going or why he was leaving and has not been heard from since, officials said.

Police conducted searches by air and land, pulled phone records and checked hospitals for Robinson to no avail. He was placed in the national database for missing persons shortly thereafter.

Since then, the Buckeye Police Department has worked with outside agencies to search more than 70 square miles in an effort to locate ecco shoes Daniel. Investigators have utilized UTVs, cadaver dogs, and air support including a drone and a helicopter, according to a statement issued Thursday.

A landowner found Robinson’s significantly damaged Jeep on July 19 approximately four miles southwest of the job site Robinson was last seen at, according to police.

Robinson’s Jeep was discovered in a ravine, appearing to have rolled and landed on its side, police said. The vehicle’s airbags were deployed and evidence indicates that Robinson was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

His clothes, cellphone, wallet and keys were found at the scene, police said.

Given the state of Robinson’s vehicle, foul play is not suspected, which is why his case is not a criminal investigation, police confirmed on Monday.

Police have also confirmed that a human skull investigators found July 31 in the desert south of the Jeep does not belong to Robinson.

Despite online reports of other human remains found in the area, the department confirmed that there were none, the statement read. The other remains found in the search were determined to be animal bones, according to police.

GoFundMe for Robinson has raised almost $40,000

David Cawley-Robinson, left, stands with his brother Daniel Robinson, 24, who was last seen driving west from his work site in an area west of Sun Valley Parkway and north of Cactus Road in Buckeye, Ariz., on June 23, 2021.
David Cawley-Robinson, left, stands with his brother Daniel Robinson, 24, who was last seen driving west from his work site in an area west of Sun Valley Parkway and north of Cactus Road in Buckeye, Ariz., on June 23, 2021.

Robinson is 5-foot-8, has black hair and brown eyes and does not have a right forearm or hand, police said.

Robinson was hired as a field geologist and moved to nike sneakers Phoenix after he graduated from college in 2019. He oversaw sites located in remote desert areas and often in extreme conditions and traveled long distances to work on projects, according to the GoFundMe page set up by Robinson’s family.

The GoFundMe account set up for Robinson said he has an “innate passion” for adventure and is known to travel at opportune moments, but always communicates with friends and family about his travel plans.

Since the GoFundMe was created, the page has raised nearly $40,000 as of Monday afternoon.

The department continued to analyze evidence and explore leads, the statement stated.

‘China’s richest woman’ missing for years suddenly reemerges in ‘threatening’ phone calls to family

A real estate mogul dubbed “China’s richest woman” before her sudden disappearance in 2017 has recently reached out to her ex-husband.

Ascent to wealth: Weihong Duan, who also goes by her English nickname “Whitney,” became a billionaire through Taihong, the real estate development firm she founded in 1996. She ran the company until she mysteriously vanished on Sept. 5, 2017.

  • Duan reportedly grew up in a one-room apartment in a small town in Shandong province. She charted her path out of poverty through hard work — graduating at the top of her class at the state-controlled Nanjing Polytechnic Institute dr martens boots and later landing a job as executive assistant to the university president.
  • The job brought Duan in close proximity to Chinese authorities. Over time, she mastered the skills necessary to maintain good relations with high-profile people. “She learned how to alter her attitude, tone of voice and language depending on her interlocutor,” her ex-husband, Desmond Shum, told the New York Post. “Nanjing Polytechnic was closely associated with the People’s Liberation Army, so she also got a crash course in handling military officers.”
  • Duan set out on her own in 1996 and launched Taihong. After a series of successful projects in Tianjin, the business moved to Beijing, where Duan met Shum — a Shanghai-born, U.S.-educated man with a background in finance.
  • Duan and Shum eventually married. As a couple, they pursued business opportunities together. Duan sought out investments and forged important connections, while Shum executed her vision into actual buildings.

Where it went wrong: Duan’s downfall resulted from her ties to politicians whose influence in the Chinese Communist Party had deteriorated due to controversy. Among them is former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, whose family allegedly amassed $2.7 billion during his term, The New York Times reported in 2012.

  • Wen allegedly served as Duan’s silent partner when she bought stakes in a startup called Ping An Insurance Company. When the firm went public, Duan, through Taihong’s Hong Kong arm Great Ocean, reportedly sold her stake for $400 million, while Wen’s family ended up gaining $2.2 billion, a large chunk of their alleged $2.7 billion total wealth.
  • Duan became a billionaire when she built the Beijing Airport Cargo Terminal, China’s largest air cargo logistics facility, according to the New York Post. She allegedly did this in partnership with Sun Zhengcai, a Beijing official who would later be ousted from the Chinese Communist Party and sentenced to life imprisonment for bribery.
  • Sun was a contender for a top post in 2022 as either China’s general secretary, premier or even as a successor to President Xi Jinping. steve madden shoes Duan served as one of his campaign managers, helping him “move his pieces on China’s political chessboard,” Shum said.
  • Xi, however, has expressed no plans of stepping down. In July 2017, Sun was fired as CCP’s chief in Chongqing. In September of the same year — the same month Duan disappeared — he was officially expelled from the party. In May 2018, he was convicted for taking $27 million in bribes and sentenced to life in jail, as per the BBC.
  • The surprise call: Last week, Shum released a book titled “Red Roulette,” which details how he and Duan navigated the hostile nexus of business and politics in China. Days before the publication, he received a call from his ex-wife — the first time he heard from her in four years.
    • Shum said Duan had called him twice asking him to cancel his book’s publication. He believes she is under home detention. “She said she’s on temporary release and they can take her back any time,” Shum told NPR. “Nobody has a word for the last four years. The government never acknowledged they had taken her. And they never charged her.”
    • Shum, who now lives with their 12-year-old son in the U.K., believes the calls were being monitored by Chinese authorities. He described Duan’s second call as “more threatening.” “She asked me the ecco shoes question, ‘What would happen to our son if something unfortunate happened to me?’ She asked the question, ‘How would I feel if something happened to our son?’”
    • In a statement to the Australian Financial Review, Shum said his ex-wife had also used the Chinese warning “No good comes to those who oppose the state” during her calls. “I believe she was forced to do this because the Chinese Communist Party is afraid of what I have written in ‘Red Roulette,’” he said.
    • The calls also marked the first time their 12-year-old son heard his mother in four years. Duan’s fate remains unclear, but the fact that her son got to talk to her — indicating that she’s still alive — was the “best thing” that came out of the interaction, Shum said.