Hat tip to reputable dude El Mizell across town at The Stranger for [re-]opening my eyes to this one. Friday marked the fifteen year anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.'s murder outside an L.A. music industry party, and the general public is still largely in the dark about what went down that night. Likewise, Tupac Shakur's slaying is shrouded in mystery and the source of myriad conspiracy theories. A recent book by ex-L.A.P.D. detective Greg Kading, however, claims that the law enforcement community knows damn well who did the deeds (spoiler: both probable gunmen [who were simply loosely-connected criminals] are now dead), and has a good idea who payed to have the hits carried out (spoiler: Suge Night and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs are implicated).
An interview with the author was posted Friday by Complex, and (coming from someone who hasn't read the book), the guy sounds like he's got his bases covered. For your indulgence, a few excerpts...
"Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse was paid to kill Biggie. At the time, he was a 36-year old member of the Mob Piru Bloods. According to several Death Row insiders and FBI informants, Poochie was a down-for-the-cause, hardcore gang member. Confidential sources from the Death Row entourage, the Mob Pirus, and [Suge's girlfriend, identified in Kading's book by the alias "Theresa Swann"], said Poochie had done shootings for Suge in the past...[Suge's girlfriend] and Poochie agreed to terms. He received two payments, one for $9000 and one for $4000. Poochie lay in wait outside the Petersen Automotive Museum. As soon as he became aware of where Biggie was sitting in his car, he drove up and he shot him."
"It comes down to how you define solved. Both law enforcement agencies--the Las Vegas Police Department and the L.A.P.D.--have drawn the conclusions that Tupac was killed by Orlando Anderson and Biggie Smalls was killed by Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse."
"Those are the facts within law enforcement. They're considered solved internally, but the public's definition of solved is different. They haven't gone through the judicial process and nobody has been prosecuted.
"Both shooters are dead. Orlando Anderson was killed outside a Compton record shop in May 1998. Poochie died in July 2003 as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle in Compton. He was supposedly killed as a result of in-fighting between the Mob Pirus--Suge's Blood associates--and another Blood gang known as the Fruit Town Pirus.
"That's all the justice that these cases will see. The co-conspirators are never going to be prosecuted. Unfortunately, the cases are so complicated and convoluted. These will never see criminal prosecution.
"The co-conspirators are absolutely known and I say that with conviction."
"The burden of knowledge is heavy. I wanted to get the information out and move on. I hated the idea that the public had been so deceived, in regards to both of these murder investigations. I hated the idea that this information would always be suppressed because of law enforcement.
"That's frustrating because these were very solvable cases. The failure to cooperate by the witnesses and the people that were around these camps, law enforcement's inability to penetrate that barrier--there's so many unfortunate factors. Everybody ultimately owes some sincere apologies, at least, to both Voletta Wallace and Afeni Shakur."
Wow, huh? The whole thing's worth a read, so check it out here. Be safe out there.