The Get-Rich-Quick Schemes of George Zimmerman’s Family

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Robert’s ultimate goal was to turn George into a reality-TV star. His models were John Walsh, who began hosting America’s Most Wanted after his 6-year-old son was abducted and killed, and the Kardashians, whose fame was launched by Kim’s leaked sex tape. “I learn a lot from watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Robert told me. “Like, use the shit you’ve got.” One idea was for George to be the focus of a Candid Camera-style program. One episode, for example, might feature a professor teaching a class about self-defense, and at the end of the episode it would be revealed—surprise!—that George was one of the students.

— Amanda Robb writes about meeting George Zimmerman’s family in GQ, and reports about some of their get-rich-quick schemes and their constant paranoia two years after Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

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