Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Hip-Hop Homicide

The Hitman Vanishes

Composite of suspect in B.I.G. shooting
Composite of suspect in B.I.G.
shooting

LAPD detective Russell Poole was assigned to the case, and his tireless investigation led him to believe that the man in the bow tie who fired the shots was Amir Muhammad, a.k.a. Harry Billups, a southern California mortgage broker and close friend of former LAPD police officer David Mack, who witnesses also put at the scene of the crime. Mack might have been the "fan" who had enticed Biggie to roll down his window. Detective Poole discovered that as well as being a police officer, Mack was a member of the Mob Piru Bloods and had a close association with Death Row founder Suge Knight. Poole learned that Mack was one of many LAPD officers who were also gang members. When police obtained a warrant to search Mack's home, they found a "shrine" to Tupac Shakur. But by the time investigators caught up with Mack, he was serving a 14-year prison term for bank robbery, and he refused to cooperate. Police efforts to find Amir Muhammad were unsuccessful. He had simply vanished.

Officer David Mack
Officer David Mack

Notorious B.I.G.'s body was flown back to New York where he was given a grand funeral in his native Brooklyn. To this day his mother, Voletta Wallace, demands to know who killed her son, but the case remains unsolved. Was his murder payback for the killing of Tupac Shakur? Or, as Detective Poole came to suspect, were the motives for both murders more insidious than that?

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