It’s been 14 years since The Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace) was killed in Los Angeles in a drive-by shooting.
Several probes and investigations have yet to bring the criminal(s) to justice, and fans of the legendary rhymer have been left wondering what has been accomplished by authorities handling the case.
Now, finally, the FBI has released its (heavily redacted) documents on the murder, and several facts were revealed—one being that the bullets that killed him were rare Gecko 9mm ammunition, made only in Germany and sold Stateside only in California and New Jersey.
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.
They report that a number of the officers on duty at the industry party Biggie was leaving at the time of his death were also employed by Suge Knight’s rival West Coast label Death Row Records as security officers, which violates LAPD policy.
The documents also include talk of Biggie’s connections with the Genovese crime family in New York, and posit that the family may have photo or video evidence of the persons involved in the shooting.
And on a quirkier note, the contents of Big’s pockets at the time of his death were listed: Biggie had a Georgia driver’s license, a pen, 0.91 grams of marijuana, an asthma inhaler, and three condoms. You can check out the files yourself at the Los Angeles Times.
Do you think they’ll ever find out who killed Wallace? Let us know what you think.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s murder investigation ‘reinvigorated’
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