The police haven’t given up just yet. Nearly 14 years after the Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death in 1997, a task force of local and federal law enforcement agencies have “reinvigorated” the unsolved case in the rapper’s murder as a result of new information.
Though sources for CNN wouldn’t say what sort of info breathed life back into the famous mystery, two people close to the action claim that they are actively pursuing leads in the murder of the Brooklynite, who was slain on March 9, 1997 while driving away from an industry party in Los Angeles.
Police originally claimed that a sole gunman pulled up next to Biggie’s ride, opening fire on the rapper who was in the passenger seat. The unsolved murder has haunted the rap industry for years, sparking conspiracy theories in the wake of the infamous East Coast vs. West Coast battles.
“Come on now, you’re messing with lives here and that’s exactly what happened. Two lives were lost as a result of what? Stupidity?” Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, said of the case. Retired L.A.P.D. Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the case at its onset, believed that it was Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight who ordered the hit on B.I.G.
“I think I was getting too close to the truth,” said Poole, who also helped the late lyricist’s family with their wrongful death suit. “I think they feared that the truth would be a scandal.”