Saturday, June 2, 2018
“He was a gopher…a wanna-be. He liked to look important. He was their bitch boy…running errands, whatever. He was always looking for someone who could get him a job at one of the agencies. He wanted to be a fed…a real fed.”
On March 14, 2018, The Washington Post ran a story about a Seth Rich investigator being attacked for the second time in two months.
The first attack was on January 16 when Washington lobbyist and media personality, Jack Burkman was approached outside of his Arlington, Virgina home and sprayed with a caustic substance. The masked attacker escaped and no charges have been laid as of yet.
The second attack was potentially more extreme. Burkman was shot multiple times and struck by a black SUV in the parking garage of the Rosslyn Marriott hotel. Fortunately, a woman who had witnessed the attack screamed, diverting the attention of the attacker who was preparing for another strike with the vehicle.
This attack took place on March 13th, 2018, the day before the first version of WaPo’s article was published. The story, short on details, went relatively unnoticed until March 20th when the story was revised and finally picked up by other media outlets. I watched in real time as The Daily Caller became only the second organization to run the story after almost a week of virtual news obscurity.
The re-release of the article carried more details of Burkman’s injuries as well as the announcement of an arrest. The suspect was a man familiar not only to Jack Burkman, but to the Seth Rich investigation itself.
Kevin Doherty, 46, of No Fixed Address, was arrested and charged with Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and two counts of Malicious Wounding.
Doherty briefly worked for Burkman’s Profiling Project, which was formed to build a psychological portrait of Rich’s likely killer.
The revelation of the attacker being a former partner in the research project funded by Burkman was carried out by the grad students of the Student Association for Forensic Psychology at George Washington University, along with Dr. Jennifer Rohrer, a clinical and forensic psychologist, and led by Kevin Doherty, was shocking to say the least.
Doherty’s resume certainly looks impressive, so leading the project seemed like a no-brainer:
Kevin Doherty is a former U.S. Marine and Special Agent/ Criminal Investigator in the intelligence community. In 2008, he created the first maritime security firm to provide armed security teams on U.S. merchant ships in the wake of the Maersk Alabama hijacking.
As a Special Agent, he conducted investigations into crimes committed against U.S. citizens throughout the world including: murder, missing persons and various sex crimes. Mr. Doherty’s career has taken him to global high-threat areas and has focused on maritime security, anti- terrorism operations, criminal and civil investigations, intelligence assessments, and nuclear non- proliferation.
In 1993, then a Marine Sergeant stationed at the Marine Barracks Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Doherty was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his heroic actions in responding to a crashed and flaming U.S. Navy DC-8 airplane.
Mr. Doherty has held the highest clearances in the US government and is one of only a handful of Special Agents that has been assigned to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Special Operations (OSO). As the Agent-In-Charge of personal security details to many senior US officials and high-profile politicians, Mr. Doherty has personally protected two U.S. Secretary’s of Energy, a U.S.Ambassador to Iraq in Baghdad and Governor Mitt Romney to name just a few.
Mr. Doherty holds various certifications in criminal investigations, advanced criminal interviewing and interrogation techniques, including:
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP),
- New York Police Department (NYPD) Homicide Investigations and Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigation Course;
- The Reid Technique
- Wicklander-Zulawski WZ Investigative Interviewing
He also holds training, certifications and expertise in crime-scene analysis, federal evidence standards, maritime security, is a former certified federal firearms instructor and expert with many weapons systems.
In addition to providing his expertise on Somali piracy in various legal proceedings, Mr. Doherty has testified before congressional hearings and subcommittees on security and piracy matters and has been featured on the Fox News “Neil Cavuto” show as well as the Bloomberg news show “Market Makers.”
Mr. Doherty was awarded his bachelor of science in psychology from Bridgewater State University and is completing his masters at the George
Washington University in forensic psychology.
From the biographies of The Profiling Project posted on Jack Burkman’s site. HERE
The report released by the Profiling Project can be found HERE.
Doherty says he learned about Burkman’s efforts when he read about his plans to stage a full reenactment of the murder, which Doherty says would not be helpful. “Sixty percent of cold cases are solved because someone comes forward,” he says.
Doherty, listed as having no fixed address, has been held without bail since his arrest. He only recently acquired legal representation and is not scheduled for another appearance in court until later this month (June).
Obviously, the story is strange enough with Doherty’s connections to Jack Burkman, but there’s more to this man and his story.
In July of 2017, Doherty contacted America First Media. In similar fashion to how he approached and inserted himself in Burkman’s investigation, he offered his services to our group.
This Youtuber had the right gut instinct.
Of course, we were also interested in listening to someone with the resume he claimed to have. We have had many people come forward offering information–some have been well intentioned, others offering unsubstantiated theories, and some legitimately helpful. We do our due diligence and vet these sources with an open, but guarded, approach.
With all the resources available to our group, we were not able to validate any of the major claims on Doherty’s resume other than he most certainly was working with the Profiling Project. The group did a good job of accumulating evidence on Seth’s social media footprint. The students involved deserve accolades for the amount of work they did. (Letter from Jack Burkman to the the Student Association for Forensic Psychology at George Washington University available here.)
Others who knew Doherty expressed their surprise at his arrest in relation to the attack on Jack Burkman saying it was completely out of character. He was always very congenial and helpful in our dealings as well. Perhaps a little too helpful.
Ironically, Doherty had made this statement speaking of Jack Burkman:
“We actually opened a file on him too. Big rule in
investigations is take note of those who insert themselves in an investigation.” – Kevin Doherty speaking to Hannibal Moot
Kevin Doherty Matt Couch Interview Re Seth Rich
Turns out Doherty lived the proverbial double life. He carried on a shadier existence, associating with some individuals who play a much larger role in this investigation as well as some older cases–well known, high profile at the time, cases.
Burkman and Doherty did have a falling out over the Profiling Project, each giving different reasons. It’s safe to say Doherty was no fan of Burkman and often pushed for our group to investigate him.
The following is the only part of an email chain addressed to both Burkman and Doherty which was shared with our group:
This email was allegedly sent by a Russian named Dimitry wanting Bitcoin in exchange for information linking Seth Rich and Wikileaks to the Russian government.
The portion Doherty shared with our group purportedly shows Dimitry’s displeasure with Burkman’s sharing of the email conversation with others. Doherty had not shared any of the earlier parts of the chain with our group.
Jack Burkman himself reads the more interesting parts of the email chain from Dimitry in the BBC documentary series Conspiracy Files – Murder in Washington.
Video clip can be found HERE if not working.
What immediately struck me when listening to Jack read the email from Dimitry was how similar the account of what happened on the night of Seth’s murder was, (minus the Russians of course), to the accounts we were given from sources. In fact, it was identical.
“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,” Doherty explained during a press conference.
“A proficient killer is what we think – the fact that the killer has gotten away with it for this period of time and it appears it was a very sanitized crime scene, so there is certainly some level of proficiency in the killing.” WND
The above is an excerpt from the Profiling Project’s report detailing their forensic profiling findings.
Witnesses who had told us of the perpetrators tracking Seth and ultimately catching up with him on the early morning of July 10, 2016 (see Part 2), immediately recognized Doherty from the news reports after his arrest.
They claimed Doherty not only knew these men, but worked with them, not in the traditional employment sense, but in a more covert manner–sounding more like an unofficial apprenticeship. Doherty did their grunt work.
The questions Doherty’s alleged involvement raises are many and critical:
Like myself, I’m sure you could add another 20 or 30 questions to the list.
The reasons these men may have wanted to silence Jack Burkman are many as well–Jack is an outspoken and controversial individual in DC. Being a lawyer as well as a lobbyist with a media platform, has made for an assortment of legal cases including the DNC and Donna Brazille, not to mention appeals directly to Congress demanding investigations into the Rich case. (Burkman’s letter to Congress can be found here.)
Or perhaps Jack’s theory of Doherty being upset over his experience with the Profiling Project was motive enough for the attack.
Either way, this man is a key player in the Seth Rich investigation in more ways than one. If he isn’t already under investigation for more than the Burkman attack, he needs to be–Now.
Not only does Kevin Doherty know the men we believe committed the murder, he may have assisted them on the night and early morning of July 9th and 10th of 2016.
Convoluted? We’ve only just begun…
Stay tuned for Part 4 of the Justice Series in the America First Media Group’s nearly two year long investigation into the unsolved murder of Seth Rich.
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