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One Of The Most Infamous Unsolved Murders Of Our Time

Who shot Biggie Smalls on March 9th, 1997?

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Last week, we discussed the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur. Shortly after Tupac's death, another hip hop icon, Biggie Smalls, was murdered. Here's a deep dive into the death of Biggie and the possible suspects involved in his murder:

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Before we get into suspects, it should be noted that former LAPD Lieutenant, Sergio Robleto, remarked how strange the investigation was. He said the LAPD homicide division seemingly left the case untouched for a month after the night of the shooting.

What motive would Suge have to kill Biggie? Well, possibly it could be to avenge the death of Tupac Shakur (since some people believed Biggie played a part in his death).


Why is Mack significant? Well, not only was he there the night of the murder, but he also owned at a black Impala... just like the one seen at the scene of the crime.

Another piece of potential evidence against Suge Knight was information provided by Mario Hammonds, a prison informant. Hammonds said that Suge claimed responsibility for Biggie's assassination, and regretted not getting Diddy, too.


While looking into the case, investigators spoke to Eugene Deal, Diddy's former body guard. Deal claimed he saw a man lurking near Diddy after the party and walking north towards the scene of the crime.

When shown a lineup of photos, he identified none other than Amir Muhammad... the alleged hitman associated with LAPD officer David Mack (who was on Death Row Record's payroll.)

This investigation also revealed some major oversights by lead investigator Steven Katz. Katz failed to do any forensic testing on the black Impala owned by David Mack. He also didn't interview Amir Muhammad and "forgot" to turn in over 200 pages of documents which implicated another LAPD officer in Biggie's murder.

Because of the missing paperwork, the judge declared a mistrial in the case. In 2007, Biggie's mother filed an amended lawsuit, accusing the LAPD of a conspiracy. However, this lawsuit was dismissed.


In 2011, the FBI file on Biggie Smalls' murder was released. This file revealed that Biggie was shot by Gecko 9MM armor-piercing ammunition, an ammunition so rare it was carried by only two distributors in the U.S. This same ammunition was found in David Mack's home.

So, while the case against Suge Knight and corrupt cops is a solid one... it still remains technically unsolved. Other theories are that the FBI killed Tupac and Biggie to end the East Coast / West Coast rap rivalry or that Biggie and Tupac are still alive.

Don't forget to check out part one, where we investigate the death of Tupac Shakur, and follow BuzzFeed Unsolved on YouTube.


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