We may have finally discovered Biggie’s killer.
According to retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, Wardell Fouse a.k.a Darnell Bolton a.k.a. “Poochie” was the triggerman who killed Notorious B.I.G. fifteen years ago today – his fee for carrying out the murder was $13,000.
On March 9, 1997, Biggie was shot to death while sitting in a Chevy Suburban outside of a hip-hop industry party in Los Angeles.
Biggie’s drive-by shooting occurred just six months after his friend turned foe, 25-year-old Tupac Shakur, suffered a similar fate after a boxing match in Las Vegas. These killings remain the worst tragedies in hip-hop history.
Complex magazine sat down with Kading, the man who spent three years investigating the murder of Christopher Wallace, and revealed that the case will never be “solved”:
“It comes down to how you define solved. Both law enforcement agencies—the Las Vegas Police Department and the L.A.P.D.—have drawn the conclusions that Tupac was killed by Orlando Anderson and Biggie Smalls was killed by Wardell ‘Poochie’ Fouse.
Both shooters are dead. Orlando Anderson was killed outside a Compton record shop in May 1998. Poochie died in July 2003 as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle in Compton.
He was supposedly killed as a result of in-fighting between the Mob Pirus—Suge’s Blood associates—and another Blood gang known as the Fruit Town Pirus.
That’s all the justice that these cases will see. The co-conspirators are never going to be prosecuted. Unfortunately, the cases are so complicated and convoluted. These will never see criminal prosecution.”
According to Kading, there is no proactive investigation going on in Biggie’s murder case, even though the LAPD says the case is ongoing.
On The David Mack & Amir Muhammad Theory, Kading says:
“There was all this exaggeration of information, and a whole theory was built on it, which never had a basis but captured the popular imagination.
Actually, the individual who brought that information to the L.A.P.D. recanted and said, ‘I made it all up. It was all bullshit.’“The L.A.P.D. always knew the problems with Russell Poole’s theory.
They knew his jailhouse informants were discredited, they were unreliable, and they were lying.
The L.A.P.D. knew that there was no basis whatsoever to [Poole’s] theory.
Even though the public picked up on it and [author/journalist] Randall Sullivan was running with it, with his book LAbyrinth, and Russell Poole had convinced himself that it was such, the L.A.P.D. knew there was nothing behind it.”
Today marks one of the worst days in hip-hop history and we finally have a glimpse into the man who shot and killed one of music’s greatest. Rest in Peace Biggie.