For those of us who have been following the saga in the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie, the document comes as a revelation -- almost confirming suspicions and allegations that have been made about their unsolved murders. Tupac and Biggie were both, and still are, extremely popular and influential rap artists of their time and for fans, their murders have been a rallying point. No one has ever been prosecuted for either of their deaths and since that time, many theories have popped up putting forth a wide array of who could have been involved, their "means, motive, and opportunity" as it were.
This new document released by the FBI essentially confirms what has been put forth for years about the murder, and even essentially names who was involved. But, because of privacy laws, readers will find the document both tantalizing and extremely disappointing as most of the critical names are redacted (blacked out). Regardless of that fact, simple conclusions can still be drawn from Wallace's FBI file that are hard to dispute.
The facts in the murders of Tupac and Biggie are widely known. Both were shot in drive by shootings that were eerily similar. Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas in September 1996 after attending a Mike Tyson fight and then getting into an altercation with a gang member in the lobby of the MGM Grand. A few hours later, Tupac was gunned down while he was riding in Death Row head Suge Knight's BMW. He lingered on life support for several days but died after his mother made the decision to withdrawal it. Biggie was killed, in a very similar fashion, in March of 1997 in Los Angeles after attending a rap music award ceremony. While riding with rival Bad Boy Records head Sean "Puffy/P Diddy" Combs, he was killed by a person driving an SS Impala who met up with him at a stop light. Both cases remain unsolved, their killers still at large.
After their deaths, it was implied that each was involved in the rivals murders in and "East Coast vs. West Coast" rap feud. Speculation has pointed fingers at numerous people, including both Suge Knight and Puffy for vengeance in this feud, but these allegations have never been proven. Both artists raps included many verses about their fear of impending death by unknown forces, and this new documentation shows that it was clearly justified. Both artists were in grave danger by their affiliation and associations and it seemed only a matter of time before each met a tragic end.
The Wallace FBI File
Information only hinted at for years can now be mostly confirmed by this documents release, but finding justice for Tupac and Biggie seems to be a lost cause. The document makes clear that powerful forces were almost definitely conspiring to keep the killers and the people behind the killers from ever being brought to court for their crimes. The following is speculative information, but almost certainly accurate, pertaining to who pulled the triggers and why.
Death Row Records was a criminal organization. Death Row Records was the pinnacle of west coast raps most successful recording artists of all time until its eventual collapse. Started by Bloods gang member Suge Knight, the ATF and IRS were both investigating Death Row for money laundering and breaking firearms laws. It is suggested from the document that Death Row was involved in smuggling cocaine to the east coast from the west and then using the record company to launder the money. The fact that they were a successful record label is quite possibly secondary to these intentions.
Update: Many people have disagreed with my theory that Suge Knight was involved of the death of Tupac. I contend that this is a hard position to get across. The most obvious problem with this hypothosis is the fact that Suge was in the car with Tupac when he was shot, and, was hit and injured himself. So, it is completely reasonable to ask why would Suge put himself in mortal danger if he had setup the hit in the first place? I will put forth a theory on my part which is based entirely on speculation. It seems possible to me that Suge had either organized the hit beforehand or offered an underground reward to anyone who might be able to kill Tupac for him. Meaning, in essence, that he did not specify a time and place for the attack to happen, but simply asked that it be done. The killers knew that Tupac was in Las Vegas and wanted to kill him, but it was pure happenstance that they came across him at a red light and decided to commit the act then and there while the opportunity arose. The true details of that night will never be completely known, as the main participants are probably dead or not speaking. However, most of the evidence seems to indicate that the shooting was merely an act of revenge by Orlando Anderson, the man seen getting jumped by Tupac and his Death Row posse at the MGM Grand hotel while he was leaving the Mike Tyson fight he had been attending. Nonetheless, I put forth that there is still a large body of material that points the finger at Suge Knight in the death of Tupac Shakur and it is almost without doubt that he was behind Biggie's murder.
Biggie was killed by rogue members of the Los Angeles police department (LAPD). This is almost without a doubt that the LAPD intentionally covered up involvement of their own officers in the murder of Biggie Smalls. The shooter and his accomplices, although not named, were known to be gang members of the Bloods and were affiliated with Suge Knight. These officers were hired and paid by Suge Knight through Death Row Records to act as security, but behind the scenes, they were gang associated criminals. The shooter of Biggie was identified as driving a black Impala SS, shooting a 9mm glock, and most importantly, using an extremely rare type of ammunition not available to the general public. Identified in the document, the rounds that killed Biggie were 9mm Gecko (or GECO) ammunition, manufactured in Europe, and something that law enforcement might be expected to use. Information on this type of bullet is hard to come by as it is so rare, only gun enthusiasts and experts might seek it out and use it. From a forum on Glock firearms, Glocktalk.com, the following is said about these rounds:
Up until early to mid 2000 Geco brand 9mm was readily available. It was loaded with a 124gr gilding metal clad mild steel jacketed bullet. Geco brand 9mm ammo hasn't been available since around 2004. Dynamit Nobel A/G of Troisdorf, Germany, made ammo that was headstamped Geco, DAG & RWS. RUAG Ammotec of Switzerland now owns the rights to many of the European brands of ammo, including Geco, DAG, RWS & Norma to name a few. The current Geco ammo is reportedly made in Switzerland, just like the new production RWS 124FMJ that's on the market right now.
The gunmen and the people behind them will never be charged with a crime. Too much time has passed and too many powerful forces are at work to prevent the true killers from ever being brought to court and justice being served for Biggie or Shakur. Law enforcement in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and even federal authorities have stopped investigating these crimes. Although Biggie's mother has pursued civil action against the LAPD it will almost certainly never result in a criminal trial. The best outcome that can be hoped for is the LAPD will admit their wrongdoing and be forced to pay a stiffen to Wallace's mother.
Update: To my surprise, I have come across a little known home video that was taken by an amateur the night of Biggie's killing in Los Angeles on March 9th 1997 which appears to show the black Impala that was involved in the killing, as well as audio of the gunshots that night. I had never seen this video previously and discovered it almost by accident. I consider myself to have researched these killings a great deal and was surprised to find this footage. Because of this, I assume many other people are not aware of it either. It has never been alluded to in anything I've ever read or heard on the subject.
|Black late 90s model Chevrolet Impala photographed outside the event Biggie Smalls was attending the night of his murder. This is the same model and color car revealed in statements to be involved in the shooting.|
There is much more information that can be learned from the FBI file on Christopher Wallace, but it is now in the realm for journalists and film makers to explore the truth behind both Tupac and Biggie's tragic deaths. Both now and in the future generations will know them for their music and their message, but the truth about the details of their homicides will never be fully known. Even decades from now when all the players in the cast of characters die and their names can be listed in the FBI file, it will come too late for Tupac and Biggie.
Read the Christopher Wallace FBI File
Please also check out my article on Nick Broomfield's documentary on the Tupac/Biggie Feud!
According to the FBI’s findings, Biggie Smalls, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed with “Gecko 9mm armor-piercing ammunition,” a type of bullet deemed in the report to be “very rare”—so rare it could only be found at two distributors in the U.S. And yet, that very same ammo was found at the home of former corrupt LAPD cop David Mack—long named as a “person of interest” in the case because of his off-duty job working as a bodyguard for Suge Knight—after Mack was arrested for robbing a bank that same year. In addition to the ammo, detectives also found what they described as a “shrine” to Tupac Shakur, as well as a black Chevy Impala SS, the very same car that’s named in the FBI report as being driven by Biggie’s assassin.
From Entertainment Weekly:
Officials hoped they could link the bullets to other crimes to find the murderer, but none was discovered. They were also hoping to link Biggie’s killing to Tupac Shakur’s six months earlier—and did find individuals who were present at both scenes.
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