(Salon) -- In the year since a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer named Seth Rich was gunned down in what Washington police say was a botched robbery, his family has had to endure countless conspiracy theorists — from small-time internet sleuths to prime-time Fox News hosts — who claim that Rich was killed by the DNC because he was the one who leaked thousands of emails to WikiLeaks.
On the first anniversary of his death, a group of Seth Rich “truthers” announced plans to stage a “Hollywood-style re-enactment” of the murder.
The Profiling Project, led by Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman, plans to stage a dramatic recreation of the murder on Aug. 1. The reenactment project is rooted in the theory that Rich was not the victim of a botched robbery but the victim of a sinister hit, and extrapolates from there. Burkman told Salon that the re-enactment goal is to “engage the community,” specifically the neighborhood in which Rich was killed, as well as “the nation.”
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“I haven’t hammered out all the details yet,” Burkman said. The Profiling Project doesn’t know much, to begin with — it has sued the city for official documents related to Rich’s killing, including the medical examiner’s report and the police ballistics report, but doesn’t have them.