News: Former LAPD Detective Names Notorious B.I.G.'s Murderer, "He Was Paid To Kill Biggie"

Friday, Mar 9, 2012 5:08PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Fifteen years after the fatal shooting of late rap mogul Notorious B.I.G., a former detective claims he knows who pulled the trigger and ended the 24 year-old's life.

According to retired detective Greg Kading, former Death Row Records owner Marion "Suge" Knight had a gang member murder Biggie Smalls in 1997.

"Wardell 'Poochie' Fouse was paid to kill Biggie. At the time, he was a 36-year old member of the Mob Piru Bloods. According to several Death Row insiders and FBI informants, Poochie was a down-for-the-cause, hardcore gang member. Confidential sources from the Death Row entourage, the Mob Pirus, and [Suge's girlfriend, identified in Kading's book by the alias "Theresa Swann"], said Poochie had done shootings for Suge in the past. Reggie Wright Jr.--who was the head of Death Row security--said Suge and Poochie's relationship was different than other members of the gang. They had a very secretive and exclusive relationship." (Complex)

Last October, Notorious B.I.G.'s protege Lil Cease dismissed Kading's Tupac Shakur and Biggie conspiracy theories.

"I'm just way past those types of situations," said a slightly bemused Cease. "Every year, every couple of months, something new comes out. It all depends on whoever putting it out what's their intentions. I never even heard of this person who put this book out or heard of him as a cop during any time in that investigation." After saying he didn't believe Sean "Diddy" Combs ordered the shooting as Greg Kading alleges, Cease added, "I've been dealing with that for so many years. Every year, it's just something different. Who knows what to believe?" (RapFix)

Over the fall, Kading singled out Bad Boy's Diddy and Knight for being murder masterminds.

Greg Kading also claims in "Murder Rap" that Combs' west coast rival, Marion "Suge" Knight, ordered New York rapper The Notorious B.I.G. killed in retaliation. No one has been charged in either rapper's murder. Kading claims the LAPD has recorded confessions from people behind the killings. In one of the audio recordings, a Southside Crips member named Duane "Keffe D" Davis says, "[Combs] took me downstairs and he's like, 'Man, I want to get rid of them dudes.'" (My Fox)

Kading reportedly worked on the murder cases but was eventually taken off when things heated up.

LAPD higher-ups pulled Kading off the double investigation right when he was poised to drive it home, he says. Then they shut it down completely. An LAPD spokesman insists in an email that the case is still "active/ongoing" but that no further information is available. If true, this means the LAPD has only in the past couple of months revived the probe. Perhaps luckily for the rappers' families and fans still seeking closure, Kading made copies of nearly every investigative report and taped confession before he left LAPD. His explosive book details the behind-the-scenes failure by LAPD to bring Shakur's and Smalls' killers to justice. (LA Weekly)

Check out some recent Greg Kading footage below:

Greg Kading Discusses His Book About the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls from Village Voice Media on Vimeo.

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