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Notorious B.I.G.

Real Name: Christopher George Latore Wallace
Nicknames: Biggie Smalls, Notorious B.I.G., Big Poppa, Biggie, Big, Chris
Location: Los Angeles, California
Date: March 9, 1997


Occupation: Entertainer/Rapper
Date of Birth: May 21, 1972
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 300 to 380 lbs.
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Black male


Details: Biggie Smalls (aka Notorious B.I.G.) was one of the top entertainers in the rap music industry. His fans considered him the greatest rap artist ever, but on March 9, 1997, Biggie was seen leaving a party with his entourage. Many famous hip hop artists and gang members also attended the party. While he was stopped at a red light, a black man with a blue suit and bowtie in a Chevrolet shot him four times in the chest. The gun man has yet to be identified.

A composite of Biggie's killer

Extra Notes: This case was mentioned in the Unsolved Mysteries segment about the 1996 murder of rap artist Tupac Shakur, which originally aired on March 14, 1997, five days after Notorious B.I.G.'s death. Notorious B.I.G.'s murder is often associated with Shakur's murder due to the fact that they were both rappers, hip-hop rivals, were both murdered in drive-by shootings and were both involved in the highly publicized East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop rivalry in which Wallace and Shakur were central figures. The case was also profiled on America’s Most Wanted.
Suspects: Amir Muhammad, a.k.a. Harry Billups, has been postulated as the possible gunman or conspiracist in the murder.
Results: Unresolved - Former LAPD Detective Greg Kading has stunning new information that there is some evidence that ties the murder with Suge Knight, Death Row Records and the Blood Gang in Los Angeles. He believes the LAPD had failed to act on evidence that he revealed. About 10 years after Biggie's murder, Kading began to look for weak links in Suge's inner circle. One of them was a woman known as "Theresa Swann," who had a long history with Suge Knight. In 2009, Kading met with Swann about Biggie's murder. Swann states that Knight was enraged after Tupac was murdered and that Knight solicited the murder for Biggie. Swann had met with Knight at the Los Angeles County Jail in February 1997 about one month before the Biggie murder. Knight then stated to Swann that he wanted Biggie taken care of, enlisting the help of an associate named Wardell "Poochie" Fouse, a member of "The Blood Gang." However, in July 2003, Fouse was killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton. When Kading interrogated Swann, she then said that she met Fouse, when Knight had asked for $9,000 to carry on the hit. Knight had made the arrangements to get the money for Fouse, who met Swann at the Peterson Auto Museum the night Biggie was killed. Kading then asked Swann what car Fouse was driving, Swann stated it was an aqua green Chevrolet Impala, the same vehicle that was seen in the Biggie shooting. While Kading was wrapping his investigation, he was dismissed from the Biggie investigation. He believes that Fouse was the gunman who killed Biggie.