Old murders are so hot right now. Teresa Halbach’s murder in 2005 has captivated the entire world with her mysterious death in the Netflix documentary Making A Murderer. On Tuesday night, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story debuted with massive ratings. The first episode pulled in 5.1 million total viewers, making it FX’s most watched show after American Horror Story. So it is no surprise that another curious murder is reemerging in the headlines, the unsolved assassination of Tupac Shakur.
A former LAPD detective has made eyebrow-raising accusations that Grammy Award-winning artist Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs was responsible for hiring an assassin to murder Tupac in a drive-by in 1996.
Greg Kading, a former Los Angeles Police Department cop, spent three years working on Shakur’s untimely death as well as Biggie Small’s drive-by shooting that happened in 1997.
The LAPD assigned Kading to reinvestigate the rappers’ murders in 2006, soon after Biggie Smalls’ mother, Voletta Wallace, sued the department in federal court. Wallace’s wrongful death lawsuit centered on a popular conspiracy theory that the police covered up an officer’s involvement in her son’s murder. The civil suit estimated losses at $500 million based on Biggie Smalls’ earning potential. It was Kading’s task to disprove the theory posited in the suit, along with many others swirling around.
During Kading’s investigation, he found reason to believe that Diddy hired Crips gang member Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis to kill Shakur and his manager, Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight, for $1 million. Then Keffe D subcontracted his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, to perform the homicide. Baby Lane managed to kill Shakur, but not Suge. The assassination of the rap legend heightened the already furious East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud.
Kading alleges that he threatened Keffe D with severe charges for another crime if he didn’t confess who was hired by to do the hit on Tupac. During the confession, Keffe D said that Diddy hired him to murder Tupac.
“If his intention was to just get away with it, so to speak,” Kading told Huffington Post, “it would have been very easy for him to not include all the details that he did.”
Kading claims that in retaliation, Suge hired Bloods gang member Wardell “Poochie” Fouse to kill Biggie Smalls for $13,000 (If you’re going to murder someone and possibly go to prison for the rest of your life, I’d take Diddy’s $1 million deal than a measly $13,000, I can’t even buy a new car for that amount). The Notorious B.I.G. was shot dead in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
A dark-colored Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up to Biggie’s SUV. The driver of the Impala riddled the SUV with bullets from his 9mm blue-steel pistol. Biggie was hit with four bullets. The iconic rapper was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m., almost exactly six months after Tupac’s murder.
Kading alleges that the LAPD chose not to pursue formal charges in the case because Diddy is such a huge and wealthy celebrity and because the suspected killers, Anderson and Fouse were both dead. Anderson died on May 29, 1998 after a shootout with gang members. Fouse, a longtime confidant of Knight, was killed on July 24, 2003 after he was shot in the back 10 times while riding a motorcycle in South Central Los Angeles.
Regarding the accusations, Combs told LA Weekly that Kading’s claims were “pure fiction and completely ridiculous.”
Kading, who’s 25-year law enforcement career included earning LAPD’s Medal of Valor and its Police Star for heroic action, wrote a book detailing his suspicions of the murders in 2011 called Murder Rap. In 2015, a documentary of the same name premiered and is available on iTunes now and will be on Netflix in Spring of this year.