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Family of Alex Murdaugh's Housekeeper, Who Died After Fall in Home, Speaks Out: 'No Soul' (Exclusive)

Gloria Satterfield's sister Ginger Hadwin tells PEOPLE Alex Murdaugh is "a shell of a man"

The oldest of eight children, Gloria Satterfield was the type of person who would help anyone in need.

Whether it was volunteering once a month at a local food bank or staying late at the home of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh, his wife Maggie and their two sons Paul and Buster, where she worked as a housekeeper, the outgoing mother of two adult sons always made herself available.

“She loved Maggie and Alex and Paul and Buster just awfully,” Satterfield's son, Tony, 34, tells PEOPLE. “She loved what she did, her job. She took pride in it. She talked highly of them.”

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Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home

After Gloria, 57, died from a fall at the Murdaughs' Moselle property on Feb. 2, 2018, Alex Murdaugh approached the family after the funeral suggesting they sue his homeowners insurance providers.

“He said he would make sure the boys were taken care of,” Gloria’s younger sister Ginger Hadwin tells PEOPLE. “He was just looking out for the boys because he thought a lot of Gloria and he was just going to make sure [her sons] Brian and Tony were taken care of, and to show his appreciation for all the years that Gloria had shown her love, looking out for his family and his boys.”

<p>Joshua Boucher/Pool/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty</p> Alex Murdaugh

Joshua Boucher/Pool/The State/Tribune News Service via Getty

Alex Murdaugh

To help them file the wrongful death and survival claims, Murdaugh recommended his former roommate for the job. Ginger says she “thought that everything was good, everything was going according to plan. I thought it was going to be good for the boys.”

Related: Prosecutor on Alex Murdaugh's Crimes: 'The Wreckage That Was Left Is Unprecedented' (Exclusive)

“Every now and then, he would reach out and see how we were doing,” says Tony. “And kind of update us and say, ‘It's a hard case, we're still working on it. Time's on your side.’”

To their later shock, Satterfield's family discovered their case had been settled for more than $4 million — but Murdaugh had never told them about it.

“It made me sick to my stomach,” Tony says.

<p>Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP</p> Ginger Hadwin

Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP

Ginger Hadwin

Murdaugh was arrested in Oct. 2021 for stealing the settlement funds. The disgraced lawyer was charged with more than 100 financial crimes, meaning that Satterfield's family members were far from the only victims.

Last month, Murdaugh, who is serving a life sentence for the killing of Maggie, 52, and Paul, 22, in June of 2021, pleaded guilty to 22 financial crimes, which included money laundering, breach of trust and financial fraud.

<p>Maggie Murdaugh/ Facebook</p> Maggie Murdaugh, Paul Murdaugh

Maggie Murdaugh/ Facebook

Maggie Murdaugh, Paul Murdaugh

Prosecutors said he bilked more than 18 clients of millions of dollars over the period of a decade.

Related: Alex Murdaugh Arrested, Accused of Stealing $4.3M of Late Housekeeper's Insurance Settlement

Creighton Waters, the lead prosecutor on Murdaugh's financial crimes case as well as his murder case, told PEOPLE after the sentencing for the financial crimes that Murdaugh used “trust” as a “weapon.”

“The wreckage that was left is unprecedented,” Waters said. “This was as egregious as it comes."

<p>Sam Wolfe/The State, Pool via AP</p> Creighton Waters and Tony Satterfield

Sam Wolfe/The State, Pool via AP

Creighton Waters and Tony Satterfield

“Everyone would always describe Alex as a charismatic, friendly person," he said. "He was able to speak to and develop relationships with people, regardless of economic status or race or any sort of demographic. And he used that to his advantage because he is so very good at that.”

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But, said Waters, “the reality is there is not one person out there who knew who he really was. And ultimately, I think that that was very much the hardest part on his victims, on his law partners, on his family and friends, to have been so fooled by someone for so long. When you have a man who so many people thought they were close with but no one knew who he really was, that's really chilling.”

Referencing the Satterfield case, Waters said, "Gloria had served that family for so long, and Alex went to the family, went to those sons, and promised that he was going to help them, and then just stole every single bit of the money that he didn't let his friend keep. And so that one was particularly egregious."

Related: Alex Murdaugh Admits He 'Invented' Story About Dogs Causing Housekeeper's Fatal Fall

Murdaugh was sentenced to 27 years for the financial crimes, on top of his life terms without parole for the murders he committed.

He is a “fraudster and a liar and a thief,” Satterfield family attorney Eric Bland tells PEOPLE. “He hit the home run as a double-murderer and he should be on the Mount Rushmore of all criminals.”

Gloria Satterfield's Legacy of Giving

Ginger, who spoke at Murdaugh’s sentencing for financial crimes, says she was overwhelmed by the carnage he wrought on not just her family, but others as well.

“I not only felt the pain of my family, of being betrayed, I felt the pain of the other family members that were betrayed by Alex,” she says. “He took advantage of victims that go to work every day, just like Gloria. She got up at the crack of dawn and she would go to work and work all day. And some days she didn't return until nightfall and worked very hard for what little bit of money she did make to try to make ends meet.”

<p>Drew Martin /The Island Packet via AP</p> Gloria Satterfield's family

Drew Martin /The Island Packet via AP

Gloria Satterfield's family

“Gloria would've given Alex anything she had,” Ginger adds. “If Alex would've asked her for whatever she would've given the shirt off her back to help him. You can’t have a soul to do what he did. He's a shell of a man.”

Related: Alex Murdaugh Found Guilty of Murdering His Wife and Son

Ginger and Tony are looking to the future and want Gloria to be remembered for her kindness and giving nature. Last year, in her memory, Gloria’s family started a foundation called Gloria’s Gifts with a goal of making sure needy children get at least one gift for Christmas.

“We just want to help people because she struggled and we just want to help people that struggle,” says Ginger.

“It's her legacy,” says Bland. “It shows that she didn't die in vain, that her death had a purpose. Now we can smile when we hear the name Gloria.”

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