The FBI has released files in connection with the unsolved murder of rapper Biggie Smalls, and evidence points to a former corrupt Los Angeles police officer as the possible killer.
The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace but also known as "Notorious B.I.G.," was shot dead on a Los Angeles street in 1997. His death was long attributed to an "East Coast-West Coast" rap feud, possibly in retaliation for the murder six months earlier of Tupac Shakur.
But now, according to a report in the New York Daily News, the FBI files shed new light on the killing. They say that Wallace was killed with "very rare" metal-piercing German ammunition. The FBI said the 9mm Gecko bullets are only sold through two distributors in the U.S. -- one in New Jersey, the other in California.
The files said the same ammunition was found in the home of a rogue L.A. cop named David Mack after he was arrested for armed robbery. They also found a "shrine" to Shakur.
The FBI took Mack's name off of the paperwork, but his identity is reportedly clear based on previously released information about his robbery conviction and the Shakur shrine.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Mack was reputed to have been a bodyguard for Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder of Death Row records to which Shakur was signed. Mack also had the same car from which the bullets that killed Wallace were fired -- a black Chevrolet Impala SS.
Stunningly, the FBI said police never made any connection between the bullets:
LAPD has also never matched the ammunition found (redacted) during the search after the bank robbery with the bullets used to kill Biggie. It is unclear whether the 9mm Gecko ammunition has ever been compared to some of the 9mm ammunition found (redacted) that is believed to be Gecko.
Both Mack and Knight have denied any involvement in the Wallace killing. The FBI ended its investigation in 2005 after failing to find enough evidence to charge anyone. The LAPD continues to look into it.