Friday, January 20, 2006

Craig Titus's Federal Bureau of Prisons Record


UPDATE 8/7/2010: An update to this story is available here Whatever happened to Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan?



After a Freedom of Information Act made to the Federal Bureau of Prisons I received Craig Titus's official transcript of his time served in federal prison for his attempt to sell, distribute or dispense a controlled substance. He was incarcerated on July 25th, 1997 and released on April 21st, 1999. This was for probation violation after testing positive for steroids in his system. The documents do not say what exactly which controlled substance he was distributing, but I can only assume it was anabolic steroids (although I have heard rumors it might of possibly been narcotics). Most of the information contained in the transcript is not very fascinating, but it is one more piece of the puzzle that is Craig Titus.

Both Titus and his wife, Kelly Ryan, are awaiting trial at the Clark County jail. I have requested more FOIA requests on Craig Titus from the several other agencies, as well as all documents pertaining to the case from the LVPD (although I'm not sure if they'll grant my request). If I don't hear back soon, I might make an inquiry to the local DA's office and see if they have any comments on the matter.

If anyone is familiar with this type of record and can analyze it and tell us exactly what it means, feel free to post a comment detailing it.

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Nick Broomfield's "Biggie & Tupac"

New info released in Biggie's FBI File! Check it out!


UPDATE 8/6/2010: I've noticed a lot of people coming here looking for pictures of Tupac's dad and his wife.  Tupac's dad, Billy Garland is pictured below, and is extensively interviewed in the Nick Broomfield documentary mentioned in this article.  Tupac wasn't married, but he was dating one of Quincy Jones' daughters at the time, Kidada Jones.  He had no children.  Because of the continued interest in this topic I've redone and updated some of the dead links for this page.  I highly recommend that anyone interested in this topic to watch the documentary and read the books mentioned at the bottom.  Please comment about this article and what you think of the conspiracy.  If you came here from Google Images, you can view the whole article by clicking here.

I've just watched "Biggie & Tupac" for the first time and thought it had some interesting theories and viewpoints in it that I had not heard before. I had previously seen another work by the director, Nick Broomfield, about Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love titled "Kurt & Courtney" - another tragic tale of two people who couldn't get along and a death possibly revolving around money.

Although both documentaries are several years old, I've just gotten around to seeing them for the first time. In Biggie & Tupac Nick Broomfield shortly details the lives and then the deaths of both rappers, and interviews some people who knew them both and the conspiracies surrounding them.

Since their death, both Biggie and 2Pac have released albums and have become rap icons. Their own feud left a lasting legacy on rap and the music industry as a whole. Arguably, since their death, no other rap artists have come close to their acclaim and infamy. Nick Broomfield's documentary takes a closer look into the supposed "East Coast vs West Coast" rap war and it's two most prominent victims.

Billy Garland, Tupac's Biological father
One of the first interesting characters we meet is Tupac's biological father, Billy Garland, a person who we don't hear much about except his experiences directly with Tupac and meeting Biggie in the hospital after Tupac had been shot. It isn't mentioned whether or not he was a Black Panther like Tupac's mother, Afni Shakur, or if he had any association with the black power movement of the 70s.

During a part of the film that was later touched on in Resurrection was the fact that people in jail were telling Tupac that Biggie's people had shot him. An interesting theory from this documentary is the possibility that the people in jail were possibly FBI or other law enforcement authorities placed there to try and influence Tupac because they were concerned about hip-hop in the same way they were concerned about the black power movement in the 70s. This is a theory I had not heard before and might be worth exploring, if in fact the FBI was or is concerned about any type of gangster rap. In fact, the FBI has released the FOIA files on Tupac Shakur. There are large sections blocked out and it is hard to gather exactly what is discussed in these files, although I have not gone over them thoroughly.

Marrion "Suge: Knight
In another part of the documentary it is revealed that despite the fact that Suge Knight claims that he was shot in the head, he was only grazed (which has already been established elsewhere). Yet, the fact that he was actually in the same car that Tupac was shot in leads one to question how the hit was planned out if in fact Suge Knight did order it. Why would he not have Tupac killed out in the open but instead risk the chance of himself being injured or killed being in the same car? The answer in the film, made by former LAPD Detective Russell Poole, is that the hit was actually made by the Crips in retaliation for the beating of Orlando Anderson when in fact Suge Knight had ordered a separate hit on Tupac.

Lil Cease
In the discussion regarding Biggie's shooting some very interesting comments are mentioned. Rapper and member of Junior MAFIA Lil Cease who was sitting behind Biggie when he was shot claimed that the party by VIBE magazine that night was shut down by the police that night for a fire drill. Why would the LAPD conduct a fire drill at a major celebrity event that night? Is Lil Cease misstating something, possibly that there was a fire at the event? Regardless, the implications that the event was shut down by the police is a very disturbing theory. If the Rampart Scandal was any indication of the deep police involvement with gangs, then it is quite possible that the entire murder could have been orchestrated by corrupt members of the LAPD. Another disturbing fact is that the FBI were trailing Biggie and Puff Daddy and were taking surveillance photos of them that night they were at the VIBE awards. If the FBI had Biggie under surveillance, why were no pictures taken of the murder? Wouldn't you think that with the extremely sophisticated technology and tactics that the FBI uses to surveil individuals that they would have seen at least some evidence to say who committed the murder. In fact, Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, wanted to know the same thing. In fact, she filed a lawsuit against the LAPD accusing them of being involved in her sons death which was dismissed by a judge but is expected to be brought again in the future.

UPDATE 4/2010: A judge dismissed the lawsuit brought against the LAPD by Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace.  LA Times: Notorious B.I.G. lawsuit against LAPD dismissed

There were also allegations made by a former LAPD cop that he had documents claiming that the he and the FBI had been following behind Tupac's car on the night he was shot.

Another claim made by one of Biggie's bodyguards, Gene, was that a member of the Nation of Islam had killed Biggie. That man, Harry Billups (aka Amir Muhammad) was fingered by several other individuals as being the man who killed Biggie. The Nation of Islam has been alleged tied to some other prominent murders, including that of Malcom X. But why would the Nation of Islam want Biggie dead? Interestingly, in the FOIA file released by the FBI on Tupac Shakur, there is mention of possible death threats on him as well as late rapper Eazy-E by the radical group, the Jewish Defense League. But neither Biggie or Tupac's lyrics were anti-semitic or disparaging to Islam, so why would either of these groups target rappers?

According to the documentary, a Senate Select Committee in 1993 was conducted on "hip hop" which lead to the FBI surveillance. However, the search of Senate Committee hearings turned up no such lead. It could be perhaps that it was on another topic, but a search of all hearings in 1993 turned up nothing either.

Unfortunately, Christopher "Biggie" Wallace's FOIA file does not appear in the FBI's reading room, nor could I find any online copy of anyone requesting it. It's possible that the FBI and other government organizations have blocked access to the releases of his files if investigations are still pending. Maybe if I get a chance I'll request the files and see what I get in response.







FBI FOIA File on Tupac Shakur

Crime Library: The Murders of gangsta rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Findadeath: Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac




Some more good information about the death investigations have been written by investigative journalist, Cathy Scott, in her books The Killing of Tupac Shakur and The Murder of Biggie Smalls which provide a time line of the killings and some up to date information from the investigators about the murders.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Review: MTV True Life - I'm On Steroids

In a recent "documentary" (and I use that term loosely), MTV explored the lives of three young men who decided to use steroids in an attempt to enhance their bodies, and more importantly, their lives and careers. In the course of the show, we see all three of them inject steroids but are never told what they are using, how they are using them, for how long, what if any ancillaries and if there is any type of post cycle therapy. This is unfortunate, because it doesn't let the viewer know any of the details of
the individual cycle and what it includes. They simply go over the benefits and side effects, including one guy's conflict with his girlfriend.

The show involves three men, one is a model and is trying to get on the cover of a fitness magazine, one is a semi-pro fighter or some type and one is a gay guy who wants to win a strip competition at a bar. At the end, after doing their cycles of unnamed substances they all succeed at their goals. The one guy gets his pictures in a magazine, although not on the cover. The other dude wins his fight but his bitchy girlfriend breaks up with him, and the gay guy wins the strip competition. The moral of the story?

Well, that's up to the the viewer. A major aspect of the show is about a man named Rob Garibaldi who's parents claimed killed himself because of his steroid use. According to them, he was on "steroid withdrawal".

One of the most disturbing things about the entire show is the fact that we do not hear from a single medical doctor. All of the claims about steroids are made about their users and their hearsay knowledge and opinions on the subject. MTV obviously attempts to use the typical scare tactics and drug propaganda to scare people away from steroids, but when I was done watching the show I was ready to shoot up 3cc's of testosterone and go to the gym. The entire way this episode was displayed to the viewer was deceptive, misconstruing and at best a half hearted attempt to keep teenagers off steroids.

Unfortunately, this show sends the complete opposite message. The problem with these individuals is not that they use steroids, but that they have body dysmorphia and are depressed. They need medical treatment and therapy to deal with their inferiority complexes, body obsessions and other possible disorders that were lost on the editing floor. An excellent book covering the subject, The Adonis Complex: The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession, is a book the shows participants should consider picking up a copy of, as well as it's readers. It details these problems and the fact that steroids is simply a side issue of body dysmorphia.

With all the lies and half truths on this show it's hard to known where to start and where to end with what's wrong with this episode. The first thing is that no one has ever killed themselves because of steroids. I truly feel sorry for the parents of the young man who committed suicide that was featured in this episode, but steroids are not at fault. Trying to use steroids as a scapegoat for poor parenting and missing obvious signs of emotional trauma is an easy way to cope with the loss of their son, but they don't realize how many people they're actually hurting with their nonsense. People like these testified before Congress, which eventually enacted legislation to increase stronger penalties to steroid users. That doesn't put them in treatment or help them with any emotional difficulties, it just puts them in jail. The truth is that there is absolutely zero evidence that steroids have any link to suicide. When you look at the data, it's very clear that when individuals abuse steroids they have very obvious emotional problems and generally use other recreational narcotic substances as well.

Toxicological findings and manner of death in autopsied users of anabolic androgenic steroids.

Petersson A, Garle M, Holmgren P, Druid H, Krantz P, Thiblin I.

Department of Forensic Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

With the aim to characterize patterns in toxicological profile and manner of death in deceased users of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS), a retrospective autopsy protocol study of 52 deceased users of AAS was undertaken. The AAS users were compared to 68 deceased users of amphetamine and/or heroin who were consecutively tested and found to be negative for AAS. Use of AAS was in the majority of cases (79%) associated with concomitant use of psychotropic substances. AAS-related deaths differed in several respects from deaths among users of heroin or amphetamine, most strikingly with regard to: (a) the median age at death, which was significantly lower for AAS users (24.5 years) than for users of heroin and/or amphetamine (34 and 40 years, respectively); (b) the manner of death, with AAS users dying significantly more often from homicide or suicide than users of other drugs; and (c) the body mass index (BMI), with AAS users exhibiting significantly higher BMI than users of other drugs. These results support the earlier reported association between use of AAS and use of other psychoactive substances. In addition, the data suggest that AAS users are more likely to become involved in incidents leading to violent death and have a higher risk of dying at a younger age than users of other drugs.

The common misnomer "roid rage" is applied to people who use steroids, but medical reports do not correlate the two. The truth is that many doctors are now prescribing anabolic steroids, most specifically testosterone, to depressed patients with low levels of the steroid in order to enhance mood.

The effects of supraphysiological doses of testosterone on angry behavior in healthy eugonadal men--a clinical research center study.

Tricker R, Casaburi R, Storer TW, Clevenger B, Berman N, Shirazi A, Bhasin S.

Division of Endocrinology, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California 90059, USA.

Anecdotal reports of "roid rage" and violent crimes by androgenic steroid users have brought attention to the relationship between anabolic steroid use and angry outbursts. However, testosterone effects on human aggression remain controversial. Previous studies have been criticized because of the low androgen doses, lack of placebo control or blinding, and inclusion of competitive athletes and those with preexisting psychopathology. To overcome these pitfalls, we used a double-blind, placebo-controlled design, excluded competitive athletes and those with psychiatric disorders, and used 600 mg testosterone enanthate (TE)/week. Forty-three eugonadal men, 19-40 yr, were randomized to 1 of 4 groups: Group I, placebo, no exercise; Group II, TE, no exercise; Group III, placebo, exercise; Group IV, TE plus exercise. Exercise consisted of thrice weekly strength training sessions. The Multi-Dimensional Anger Inventory (MAI), which includes 5 different dimensions of anger (inward anger, outward anger, anger arousal, hostile outlook, and anger eliciting situations), and a Mood Inventory (MI), which includes items related to mood and behavior, were administered to subjects before, during, and after the 10 week intervention. The subject's significant other (spouse, live-in partner, or parent) also answered the same questions about the subject's mood and behavior (Observer Mood Inventory, OMI). No differences were observed between exercising and nonexercising and between placebo and TE treated subjects for any of the 5 subdomains of MAI. Overall there were no significant changes in MI or OMI during the treatment period in any group. Conclusion: Supraphysiological doses of testosterone, when administered to normal men in a controlled setting, do not increase angry behavior. These data do not exclude the possibility that still higher doses of multiple steroids might provoke angry behavior in men with preexisting psychopathology.
Individuals who take the time to educate themselves about steroids and how to use and cycle them properly will know the potential side effects, how to deal with them, and what to expect when the cycle ends. This is a responsible steroid user who is not abusing the drug, but using it for aesthetic purposes - just as a woman might go into a plastic surgeon and request shots of Botox.

See also: Don't Confuse Me with the Facts: Doctors Have Their Own Opinions on Steroids!

Despite the fact that we couldn't discern what the individuals were using in the show, I caught two clues of the possibilities. The first was 6-OXO, and OTC anti-estrogen and testosterone booster manufactured by Ergopharm.



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The second was a bottle of Quality Vet (no longer in business, shut down by the DEA). It could of been any of their products from deca, test, eq or something else possibly depending on when the show was shot.



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Conclusion

There is no denying steroids are very power compounds and very much care and caution must be taken when one chooses to use them. A lot of research needs to be done before anyone would want to attempt to use them if they so choose. However, most steroid users who use them responsibly will tell you that they are glad with their results and that they use them with the care and caution they deserve. Unlike the individuals in the show who most likely did not know what they were using.

MTV True Life - I'm on Steroids  - Watch the full episode below (thanks to blog.dk)






For those who want to learn the truth about steroids, I recommend the following.:
Anabolics 2005
Legal Muscle: Anabolics in America
Big Cat's Steroid Profiles

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