Earlier this month, LA Weekly published
details of a new book written by former Los Angeles Police Department detective Greg Kading.
In the book, "Murder Rap,"
Kadling publishes testimony from Duane Keith "Keffe D" Davis, a member of the Southside Crips gang. Davis claims that Sean "Diddy" Combs offered him $1 million dollars to kill Tupac Shakur.
Davis says that he was in the white Cadillac that pulled alongside a car driven by Knight, with Shakur seated on the passenger side. According to Davis' account, his nephew, Orlando Anderson, now deceased, fatally shot Shakur from the back seat of the Cadillac. Anderson's involvement has been subject of rumor for years.
LA Weekly published "highlights"
from Davis' quoted remarks and, among them, he says that he was never paid by Combs and that he believed Combs had paid another member of the Crips, who had introduced him to Davis, half of the money. The speculation being that he wasn't paid because the hit was allegedly for both Shakur and Knight.
For the portion of the story relating to the death of Christopher Wallace, Kading quotes the mother of one of Knight's children, given the alias of Theresa Swann, who said that Knight gave her $13,000 to pay Wardell "Poochie" Fouse, a member of the Mob Piru Bloods gang, to murder Wallace.
Combs emailed a brief statement to LA Weekly. "This story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous," it read.
Perry Sanders, who represents Voletta Wallace, told the paper
that the account of Swann doesn't fit because she said that Knight told her that Wallace would be at the Peterson Automotive Museum. But, it has always been said that his appearance there was sporadic and unplanned. So, how could he have known something that Wallace himself did not yet know?
Where Russell Poole, another former LAPD detective who published a book on this case, has always maintained that there was involvement in the murder by members of the police force, Kading says that he is "100 percent sure there was no police involvement." He says there was no LAPD cover-up.
You can read the full story on the LA Weekly site
, in addition to an interview with Kading on HipHop DX
Those are the details regarding the story. Now, my perspective: it is always important to carefully consider the source of comments like these. They need to be taken with a large grain of salt. If you read the article, you will see that Kading has credibility issues of his own, as Davis certainly does, as well. Outside of the Davis' testimony, there is no other evidence presented.
At the end of the day, we now have at least two former LAPD detectives who have written a book or been the subject of one. People will decide what they believe. Is it Poole's suggestion or is it Kading's? (Or someone else's?). But, the reality is that belief is worth nothing and solves nothing because belief is based on feeling, not fact.
Unfortunately, in the end, I fear that this may end up being nothing more than a lot of attention, page views, eyeballs and book sales that may not put us any closer to achieving justice for Wallace, Shakur or those that cared about them.
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