A retired Los Angeles detective claims to have solved the 1996 murder of celebrated rapper Tupac Shakur.
Greg Kading, who once led a special task force that investigated the 20-year-old murder, has alleged that the music mogul formerly known as Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs offered Crips gang member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis $1 million to kill Shakur and his manager, Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight, The Huffington Post reported.
Mr. Kading claimed that on the night of Sept. 7, 1996, Keffe D’s nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, killed Shakur, but not Knight, who is currently serving jail time on unrelated charges.
The former officer made the explosive claims in a documentary, titled “Murder Rap,” based on his 2011 book of the same name.
He also alleged that in retaliation, Knight hired Bloods gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse to kill rapper Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious B.I.G., for $13,000. Biggie Smalls was shot to death on March 9, 1997, just six months after Shakur died.
Over the course of investigating, Mr. Kading said he was able to corner Keffe into giving a verifiable confession about the events that led to Shakur’s murder in order to dodge severe charges for another crime, The Huffington Post reported.
“If his intention was to just get away with it, so to speak,” Mr. Kading said, “it would have been very easy for him to not include all the details that he did.”
These extra “details,” according to the documentary, include the allegation that Mr. Combs hired Keffe for the crime. Keffe had also claimed in a 2008 interview that Mr. Combs once said to a room full of Crips that he would “give anything for Pac and Suge Knight’s heads.”
No one has been charged in the decades-long murders, and it’s unlikely that Mr. Kading’s claims will ever go to court unless he’s sued by one of the accused, The Blaze reported.
“I don’t think any rational person looks forward to getting sued,” Mr. Kading told The Huffington Post. “But if I did, I would not shy away from it. I am very, very confident in the case. I’m confident in the evidence.”
“It’s been the worst-kept secret in Compton,” filmmaker Mike Dorsey said of Mr. Kading’s claims.
“I have absolute closure in the case already,” Mr. Kading said. “There is no doubt in my mind that we’ve discovered the truth and we’re presenting the truth. So as far as the murders go, they’re solved.”
“Murder Rap,” which released Tuesday via iTunes, is set to stream on Netflix this spring.