Notorious B.I.G.

Notorious B.I.G. murder investigation reopens

New evidence emerges and a task force assembles to finally answer the question: Who killed Biggie Smalls?


Michelle Fitzsimmons
January 8, 2011 3:01AM (UTC)

Was his murder a coverup for another rapper's untimely death? Did his closet collaborator order the hit? Was it a case of poor aim and the wrong target?

The 13-year-old murder of the rotund rapper, aka Christopher Wallace, has fostered conspiracy for as long as it's remained unsolved. Now, CNN reports, the cold case has been "reinvigorated" and reopened.

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Enough fresh evidence has surfaced to entice the LAPD, L.A.'s District Attorney's office and the FBI to assemble a task force and ask once again: Who killed Biggie Smalls?

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole, who was involved in the 1997 investigation, says Death Row Records' co-founder and CEO Marion "Suge" Knight ordered the killing. But, Poole says, his LAPD superiors thwarted his pursuit of leads because of his conviction that David Mack, a former LAPD officer who also worked security for Death Row, fired the fatal shots.

"I think I was getting too close to the truth," Poole told CNN. "I think they feared that the truth would be a scandal."

Whatever the outcome of the investigation, Big Poppa's legacy as a wordsmith remains: 


Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle Fitzsimmons is an editorial fellow at Salon.com.

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