Cops Pursuing New Leads in Biggie Smalls Murder Case

The 1997 Los Angeles murder of rapper Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.-Christopher Wallace, remains one of the city’s most egregious unsolved celebrity murders. But according to a new report by CNN, LAPD are back on the case.

Unspecified information provided to police last year has “reinvigorated” the investigation. The CNN article does a great job of actively touching all the bases, from then-police chief Bernard Parks (notions of an LAPD cover-up are “absurd”) to an attorney for the Wallace family (their lawsuit against the city was put on hold last April so as to not interfere with the renewed investigation).

There are many people who think they already know who is responsible for the shooting outside the Petersen Automotive Museum. CNN hits that target too, courtesy of a most reputable source:

Retired Los Angeles Police Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Wallace case, told CNN that he believes Knight was behind the murder, even though the Death Row Records’ boss was serving time on a probation violation at the time. “Suge Knight ordered the hit,” Poole said, adding that he believes it was arranged by Reggie Wright Jr., who headed security for Death Row Records.

In a day and age when these sorts of news articles are very often lazily based on re-purposing from other sources, the CNN piece stands out. Kudos.