A written confession by an incarcerated, high-ranking Los Angeles Crip and new book from a former detective assigned to the Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. investigations has named Bay Boy CEO Sean “Diddy” Combs as the person who ordered Shakur’s murder.
Titled Murder Rap, former detective Greg Kading claims to reveal information from secret confessions and tapes made during his tenure on both cases. The two most explosive concern Southside Crip member Dwayne “Keefee/Keffe D” Davis and a woman named Theresa Swann, purported to be the mother of one of Suge Knight’s children. Keffe D told LAPD officials in 2008 that Combs offered him $1 million dollars to kill both Shakur and Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Davis also confirmed that he was in the vehicle when his late cousin Orlando Anderson fired the fatal shots at Shakur on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas. Swann allegedly confessed to Kading that Knight had given her money to pass along a murder contract on the Notorious B.I.G. to Bloods gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse.
Like Russell Poole, another former detective turned author who worked on the Biggie case, Kading believes the LAPD has mismanaged both investigations. However, Kading disagrees with Poole’s hypothesis that Biggie’s killers were the result of rogue LAPD cops associated with Knight and the city’s Rampart scandal.
Kading’s book marks the second time in three years Combs has been accused of organizing a Tupac Shakur shooting. In 2008, Pulitzer Prize winner Chuck Phillips wrote an L.A. Times article naming Combs as the individual who set up Shakur’s 1994 Manhattan robbery and shooting. Phillips and the newspaper would be forced to retract the story after court documents quoted in the article were found to be forged by an informant.
In an email statement released earlier today, Combs called Kading’s findings “pure fiction” and “completely ridiculous.”
Murder Rap will be available in book stores tomorrow.
Source: LA Weekly
Here we go again. Although the book sounds entertaining, there’s already some holes you can poke in the story before reading Kading’s findings. The most obvious would be Suge Knight using his baby’s momma for a hit on the biggest Hip-Hop artist in the game. Suge has done a lot of stupid things, but it’s hard to fathom he’d be that dense. In contrast, Russell Poole’s theory of crooked, Blood-affiliated cops on Suge’s payroll being the killers sounds much more plausible.
Kading’s other theory of Combs offering Dwayne “Keefee D” Davis $1 million to kill Knight and Shakur is much more interesting. Davis confirms what most people already believe in that Orlando Anderson was Tupac’s killer. And it’s also known that Bad Boy did utilize Southside Crips for protection services while out in Los Angeles. Being affiliated with conflicting gangs would only deepen the Death Row/Bad Boy fued.
So why hasn’t there been any follow-up if this “confession” was made in 2008? First, it entirely contradicts what Davis told the FBI in 1997 about the shootings. At that time, he said he was not in the Shakur getaway vehicle nor was his nephew Orlando Anderson involved. This latest confession came as he was facing 25 years for a PCP distribution ring, further hurting his credibility on the appearance he’s saying anything to prevent a prolonged jail sentence. Finally, if Diddy hypothetically ordered the fatal Shakur shooting, there wouldn’t be any corroborating evidence. He’d make sure above all he was well insulated from any evidence beyond hearsay.
It’s surreal and disheartening that over 15 after their deaths we’re nowhere near an official resolution in either slaying.