'I Know Who Shot Tupac And Biggie Smalls': Retired Detective Speaks Out
In two decades, no-one has been brought to justice for the murders of rappers 2Pac in 1996 and Notorious B.I.G just six months later.
But according to retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, the situation is far more complex than simply being an East Coast–West Coast hip-hop feud.
The former detective dished out some major bombshells -- including the allegation that rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs was involved in the September 1996 murder of Tupac "2Pac" Shakur -- when speaking to 10 daily.
While the Shakur case was initially fronted by former Los Angeles detective Russell Poole, which in turn sparked a wave of conspiracy theories that continue today, Poole eventually quit the police force in 1999.
This came after a series of disputes over the direction of a number of investigations, including the March 1997 murder of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, also known as "Biggie Smalls".
That's when Kading, who's about to kick-off his Australian tour 'The Murders Of Tupac and Biggie – A Night With Greg Kading', was brought on to investigate the case.
"In May 2006, the LAPD decided that they were going to take a fresh look at the unsolved murder of Biggie Smalls because there was a lawsuit being waged against the city alleging there was a cover-up," the veteran detective who specialised in gangs, narcotics and homicide investigation said.
This referred to the lawsuit which was filed in 2002 by members of Biggie's family, including his mother, Voletta Wallace, and his widow, Faith Evans.
It was through his examination of both murders that Kading discovered some explosive information, including the identities of those he believes killed the rap stars.
Who was involved?
According to Kading, there were several key figures at play across both murders, including Diddy and Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, who drove the car with Shakur the night he was shot and killed and is currently serving 28 years in prison for a 2015 hit-and-run incident.
"Sean Combs was a key figure in the case," Kading said.
"Suge Knight was one of the key elements in the case, too, and obviously Tupac and Biggie, as well as the gangs they associated with all became players in the murders."
While Combs has vehemently denied any involvement -- he has previously slammed Kading's claims as "nonsense" -- Kading remains certain the multi-millionaire was a part of the entire ordeal.
Kading alleges that Diddy [Combs] was involved in more of an indirect way than say, Suge Knight was. Suge Knight was directly involved in the murder of Biggie Smalls. However, Kading claims Diddy's responsibility lies in his apparent association with the gang members who ended up killing Tupac.
As well as this, Kading added, there's the potential for violent repercussions if the mogul ever did admit anything.
"2Pac has millions of fans around the world. If Diddy ever came out saying 'I had a hand in that', can you imagine the backlash that we would receive from that community?"
So who killed Tupac Shakur?
While no one has ever been charged for the death of Shakur, Kading is adamant about who pulled the trigger that killed the then 25-year-old.
"Tupac was killed by a gang member named Orlando 'Baby Lane' Anderson, the exact same guy that he got into a fight with earlier that night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas," he explained.
"We had a confession from the co-conspirator that was directly involved in the murder of Tupac. He explained exactly what happened and why it happened, as well as a confession from a co-conspirator in the murder of Biggie, with both explaining who did it and why," he added.
Unfortunately, Kading said, once enough evidence had been gathered to charge Anderson with the shooting, it was too late.
"Orlando Anderson ultimately ended up getting killed in an unrelated gang shooting, and he was never arrested for it," he said.
"He's always been the number one suspect in it. In fact, [Tupac's mother] Afeni Shakur had filed a civil lawsuit against him because she was so convinced he was the suspect."
He added, "There was never a prosecution for a variety of reasons".
Then who killed Biggie Smalls?
"Biggie was killed by a guy named Wardell Fouse who went by the gang moniker 'Poochie'. He was hired by Suge Knight to kill Biggie Smalls for the retaliation of the murder of Tupac Shakur," Kading said.
However, in a similar way to Anderson, Fouse died on July 24, 2003, after being shot in the back 10 times while riding his motorcycle in Compton, California.
And while Suge Knight will remain incarcerated for an unrelated crime in what's likely to be the rest of his life, Kading believes there's no chance the record producer will admit to his part in the slaying.
"No, he'll never admit to it or be prosecuted, because it's not in his best interest to do that," he said.
"And he won't be prosecuted because of all of the historic problems in the case and because so much time has gone by. So much evidence has been lost that it's an unprosecutable case at this point."
For 90s hip-hop fans and crime buffs alike, Kading will be doing a series of shows starting this weekend that closely examines all the evidence he accumulated throughout his time working on the case.
The events will also feature former Death Row Records associate Mob James, discussing his work with the label as well as being in Vegas the night Shakur was shot.
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