Hundreds of pages of investigative documents related to the unsolved slaying of rapper Notorious B.I.G were recently released by the FBI. Although the FBI has closed their investigation of the 1997 case, the LAPD continues their efforts to find the rapper’s killer and to determine if there was any Los Angeles police involvement.
The documents include internal LAPD and FBI memos, witness statements, and stakeout notes. According to a FBI spokeswoman, the documents were released due to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, but the timing of their disclosure is of no significance.
The release of these documents still offers little new information on the unsolved murder. “We have followed up on all of the leads we have at this time to the best of our ability. If anything new comes along we will certainly look at it,” said LAPD Capt. Kevin McClure. He said that the investigation is still open, but that detectives have exhausted all of their leads.
Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls, was gunned down as he was leaving a music industry party, outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Miracle Mile area on March 9, 1997. His death was a shock to the hip-hop community, and was only a few months after the murder of Los Angeles-based rapper Tupac Shakur. Shakur’s murder also remains unsolved.
There are different theories that link the two murders. Some blame it on the East Coast and West Coast rivalry among the rappers, or between their two music labels at the time.
Investigators looked into the theory that Wallace was killed by a hit man hired by a corrupt ex-LAPD officer on behalf of Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, but there continues to be loose ends.
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