FBI Releases Several Details of the Notorious B.I.G. Investigation


14 years after his drive-by murder, Notorious B.I.G. (also known as Biggie Smalls) is still being mourned by millions and is recognized as one of the best artists in the history of rap. Fans have been left with little closure on his death since the person or persons responsible for his death are still at large to this day.

Sometime after the murder, the FBI launched a civil rights probe into the killing, and have kept all details of the case classified until now. The documents, which are said to be heavily redacted, give out a few but noteworthy facts that investigators have pieced together. The documents go all the way back to 2003, 8 years ago from today and 6 years after the murder.

One detail from the hundreds of pages that were released is that B.I.G. was shot with a Gecko 9mm ammunition, exclusively made in Germany and only sold in 2 states in the country: New Jersey and California, and the ammunition is a rare type. Investigators tried to link the rare ammunition type to other murders but came up to nothing. The same result came when officials tried to connect B.I.G.’s murder to Tupac Shakur’s murder that occurred just six months earlier. Also, police officers that were patrolling the party that B.I.G. was attending right before his death were also employees of Death Row Records, a rival West Coast record label, which is against Los Angeles Police Department policy. When they checked B.I.G.’s pockets, they found a few things: 0.91 grams of marijuana, an inhaler, and three condoms. Another piece of information was that they believe that the Genovese organized crime family in New York may have been friendly with B.I.G. and could have some photos or videos of people present at the shooting.

One final noteworthy detail was that the FBI did find a few people that were at both murder scenes of B.I.G.’s murder in Los Angeles and Shakur’s murder in Nevada. Coincidence?

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