A volunteer group of students calling themselves The Profiling Project have been independently investigating the D.C. murder of Democrat operative Seth Rich. What they found just may change how police are handling the case.
A new report was released on Tuesday by The Profiling Project. The group describes itself as “an all-volunteer group of current and former George Washington University forensic psychology graduate students and instructors.”
Their report is based on a three-month investigation undertaken in an effort to help the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police (MPD) investigation utilizing forensic psychology skills and tools. Their hope was to provide at least one actionable item to the MPD.
Their report states that “Seth’s death does not appear to be a random homicide” and that “Seth’s death does not appear to be a robbery gone bad.”
The executive summary lists six primary findings:
- Seth’s death does not appear to be a random homicide murder
- Seth’s death does not appear to be a robbery gone bad
- Seth’s death was more likely committed by a hired killer or serial murderer
- There may be additional video surveillance of the crime and crime scene
- The resolution of prosecuting the individual(s) responsible appears to be hindered both actively and passively
- Seth’s killer(s) most likely remains free within the community
A press conference was held Tuesday morning about the group’s findings. This is the video:
The Profiling Project’s report makes observations that contradict the official story of a robbery-homicide gone bad. The group noted that the crime scene is not consistent with a random attack.
“It has been reported that no bullet casings were found. The crime scene was very organized to the point of being sanitized. This would indicate careful planning on the part of the offender, control of the entry to and exit from the crime scene as well as in-depth understanding of law-enforcement investigative processes.”
The crime scene is so clean, and sanitized that it led the group to conclude this was not a crime of passion, or robbery, but it was in fact a crime by a hired gun. The motivation behind why someone would hire a killer to murder Seth Rich is what we need to find out. The crime scene contradicts police reports.
“We do not believe the offender is a robber, nor a robber who killed. The offender had the ability to kill, and brought with them an instrument to do so. Though we do not know what other items Seth may have had in his possession, his watch, phone, wallet and necklace were not stolen. Nor was Seth’s body reported to have been further accosted or degraded. With such a sanitized crime scene and no emotional indications, this is not Offenders first kill.” The report also points out, “Further research indicates that robbers go to great lengths to ensure that a robbery does not escalate into a murder.”
The Profiling Project also notes the apparent lack of evidence they’d expect to find when a robbery escalates into a homicide. They point out, “Had Seth been selected for robbery, it would have been because the robber saw him as an easy mark, one who would not offer much resistance. If the robber had gotten this assessment wrong, we would expect to see defensive wounds on Seth as well as incriminating evidence from the offender, as Locard’s exchange principle notes that such an interaction would have Seth leaving something on the offender, and the offender leaving something on Seth.”
These factors lead the team to conclude that the theory of Seth Rich’s murder as a “random robbery gone bad” is “not likely.” They also conclude that other theories of his murder, including “Killed by Clinton Directions,” “Killed for Leaking DNC Documents to Wiki-Leaks,” and “A Hit Team” are also unlikely.
Most of the theories they address in the report involve a professional assassin, and the group believes these theories can only be supported if a toxicology report shows Rich had been drugged.
The most frustrating part of this investigation is that by the groups’ own admittance the police department has been uncooperative with them. There is still more to this story which needs to be discovered. So far, we know the murder was likely a professional hit.