FBI Files May Reveal Notorious BIG's Murderer
Newly released files seem to point at corrupt cop
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 10:22 AM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2011 10:59 AM CDT
In this March 8, 1997 file photo, Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Christopher Wallace gestures shortly before he was shot to death in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Venus Bernardo-Prudhomme)

(Newser) – The FBI has released a thick—albeit heavily redacted—file detailing its investigation into Christopher "Notorious BIG" Wallace's fatal 1997 shooting, and it provides at least one tantalizing clue. Wallace was killed with an extremely rare piece of ammunition, the Gecko 9mm, which is manufactured in Germany and available through only two distributors in the US. But that same ammo was found at the home of a corrupt ("like, seriously corrupt," Seth Abramovitch notes on Gawker) former LAPD officer, David Mack, who was arrested later in 1997 for masterminding a bank heist and was just sprung from jail last May.

Mack had known ties to Death Row Records, the label of Wallace rival Tupac Shakur, who had been killed six months earlier. Police found a shrine to Shakur in Mack's home ... as well as a black Chevy SS Impala, the same type of car that pulled up alongside, then fired at, Wallace. As Abramovitch points out, this information isn't new, but the file reveals that the FBI "specifically noted a remarkable failure on the part of the LAPD: the failure to connect to the crime the literal smoking-gun evidence found at the home of the very bad man who owned the exact same car as the murderer." E! delved even deeper into the file, noting that it also reveals the rapper had connections to organized crime in New York.