After a 25-year career in law enforcement, Kading retired in 2010 and began writing his book detailing the three years he investigated the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. The federal and local agents gathered around him at the conference table, including Kading, have spent the last year cornering him as the kingpin of a nationwide PCP ring, and Keffe D is looking at 25 years to life if he doesn't reveal his secrets. DX: So you have proof of a money transfer? He added: If he was going to let some rival crew come in and try to murder him without a reaction, what did that do for the reputation hed spent years building? The following evening, March 8, he and the Bad Boy Records entourage attended an after-party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum set up by Kidada Jones in the Carthay Circle community of Los Angeles. This is a very key element, because its this clue that takes the entire investigation down that rabbit hole of Russell Pooles. 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We had very explicit orders that any developments regarding Mack, Perez or any other L.A.P.D. I had no idea there were such powerful forces involved in all of this.. And that something someone else coming forward to corroborate what we had didn't happen.. , The documents centered around interviews by numerous police officers of an incarcerated informant, who had been a cellmate of imprisoned Rampart officer Rafael Perez for some extended period of time. ", "Interview: Former L.A.P.D. She's named Theresa Swann in Murder Rap for her own protection. Call it an obsession a curse, even. I wouldve loved to have talked to Voletta Wallace during the investigation. 's killer was paid just $14,000 to shoot the rap legend on this date 25 years ago, the detective on the case has claimed. Then they shut it down completely. For instance, have you ever seen that movie L.A. Gradually, Kading says, all leads dead-ended. 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Smalls, a 400-pound Brooklyn native, was slain in a March 1997 drive-by shooting while rolling out of a star-studded party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.'s Miracle Mile. Read the response from Voletta Wallace's attorney. DX: Speaking of that initial composite, even [for] the first composite Lil Cease describes someone in a suit and bow tie. In Greg Kading's book murder Rap he refers to her as Theresa Swann. , The Los Angeles Times printed conflicting theories of the murder in different sections of the paper. that you believe was him on video, any other evidence in addition to that? Steven Katz, the lead detective in the Wallace investigation. An LAPD spokesman insists in an email that the case is still active/ongoing but that no further information is available. , On April 16, 2007, relatives of Wallace filed a second wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles. And so, we had this long discussion, and we said, Should we record this or should we not? And we came to the collective agreement that we wouldnt. Well, what did you see?, well then they develop their own perspectives on what happened. Greg Kading: No, absolutely not. It once served as the bullet-riddled headquarters of the now-defunct Death Row Records, run by Bloods with a strict policy of never talking to cops. Do you believe that he didnt see what he thought he saw? Greg Kading: No, I dont, actually. Kading's reputation almost certainly will become an issue upon Murder Rap's publication. Read about the Internal Affairs report clearing Kading's name in the George Torres case. The consequences were also overshadowed by the benefit and reward in their minds.. Theyre much more likely to open up and begin to discuss things that present their own culpability in crimes when they think that somebody else has already opened the door, that somebody else has already ratted. 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Amir Muhammad was a name actually, there was never an Amir Muhammads name, there was just an Amir, which was part of a clue given by a jailhouse informant named Michael Robinson. It's nothing.' The LAPD retiree is hoping that, despite the lawsuits he will potentially face for accusing Sean Combs and Suge Knight in Murder Rap, the high-profile probe he began and wanted so desperately to finish will finally get its day in court. so yes I can name a much better trio like 10 more," added another . In the three years he worked that case, he was keeping tabs on Smith and Del Real in preparation for Torres' trial in 2009.  The Wallace family refiled the suit, dropping the state law claims on May 27, 2008. Money that was immediate was what they worked for. Voletta Wallace decided to withdraw her final lawsuit against LAPD in April 2010. Kading is working on a new podcast and documentary about former rogue cop Christopher Dorner called Fury And Flames. Of course Suge had been around long enough in his life to know there are informants out there and you never know who they are. Greg Kading: No, I dont believe that. murder investigation. Keffe D's and Theresa Swann's confessions were stunning but in no way sudden. According to that April 14, 2010, Internal Affairs report, reviewed by L.A. Weekly, Kading was not to blame for wrongdoing that caused Judge Wilson to overturn Torres' conviction. Kading believes Knight hired Fouse to kill Wallace to avenge the death of Shakur, via his girlfriend, Theresa Swann. She had been a resident . TMZ recently reported that he is pulling in only about $1,200 a month chump change compared to the glittering Death Row dynasty of old. Eric Johnson's best photograph", "Rapper Is Shot to Death in Echo of Killing 6 Months Ago", "where biggie smalls was shot and killed in los angeles: the notorious b.i.g. , The case came for trial before a jury on June 21, 2004. They robbed Suge on a personal and professional level. Im just drawing that conclusion based on all of the other collective information: the fact that Theresa, the girlfriend, confesses, she tells us that she had paid Poochie at the direction of Knight, [that] Poochie had an Impala that Knight had bought him, and then we have these other people that were in the inner circle, the other Death Row [Records staff]/gang members who all told us about this relationship that Suge had with Poochie. Sanders says he can't remember which LAPD official under Beck made this promise, but definitely recalls it being made. In law enforcement, when youre doing these interviews, you have to realize how one persons conversation influences another persons perspective. We were kind of bifurcated away from the civil investigation. So detectives took a different approach. Of course Suge had been around long enough in his life to know there are informants out there and you never know who they are. Kading says that, in fact, he facilitated Albert's surrender to local cops and nothing more. Swann broke down in tears and gave detectives the story in her own words: Knight, reeling from Shakur's death, ended up giving her $13,000 to pay Poochie for a revenge hit on Smalls, according to LAPD documents reviewed by L.A. Weekly. So saying that, we have no reason to believe that Perez or Mack were there. Within weeks, despite 22 devoted years on the force, in a move the fiercely independent Detective Harry Bosch might pull in a Michael Connelly novel, Kading turned in his LAPD badge and walked out the door. I have no reason to believe they were there, but I dont have any I havent seen the evidence that was in the civil case [brought by Voletta Wallace] regarding the L.A.P.D. At age 13, he finally found it with the family of his best friend, whose father was a lieutenant with the Orange County Sheriff's Department. " The story cleared Muhammad's name.. No, I never got a chance to talk to Russ. I tell them what I think and they tell me if I'm right or not.. officers (and affiliates of then CEO of Death Row Records, Marion Suge Knight) David Mack and Rafael Perez directed the godfather of Macks children, Amir Muhammad, in the shooting death of her son stemmed from initial investigating done by former L.A.P.D. And we have these reports of Poochie doing these other shootings for Suge. Pat Gannon, called him into his office and told him, Allegations were made in the Torres case. 104 records for Teresa Swann. "The Unsolved Mystery of the Notorious B.I.G. Theresa was born in Long Beach, CA, daughter of the late John and Betty Dudley Holsenback. Swann met with Knight in jail on more than one occasion.  Kading alleges Shakur was killed under the orders of Combs.. Theresa lived in Saint Albans, Vermont 05478, USA. Its a conflict of interest for us to go and try to compare notes or have conversations. Kading has no faith in the case ever being closed following Poochies death and the silence of Swann and Knight, who is serving 28 years for voluntary manslaughter after running down two men on a film set. Sean Combs told the Weekly via email: This story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous. Suge Knight could not be reached. agent actually in the interview with us. And theyre trying to help, and its all honest, but they influence each other, and sometimes they taint each others perceptions. Shortly afterward, McClure decided to jam a spike in the investigation, Kading says. As a matter of fact, if you look at that official video the YouTube video, theres several versions of it but theres one that says official if you really dissect that, which we did, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that that is Poochie in his car in that dark-colored Impala. We put her in a corner to make those hard decisions, he said. In response, LAPD told The Sun: "The case is still open and Robbery and Homicide Division will not be commenting. Join Facebook to connect with Swann Theresa and others you may know. , Muhammad, who was not an official suspect at the time, came forward to clear his name. When Kading published a book about the case, he gave Suge's girlfriend a fake name: Theresa Swann. Harry Billups) were originally named as defendants in the civil suit, but were dropped shortly before the trial began after the LAPD and FBI dismissed them as suspects. Swann revealed how the rap boss, who was behind bars at the time, ordered Compton gangster Poochie to murder Biggie, during a taped interview - which later she secured an immunity deal on, according to Kading. The informant tells his interrogators in plain language, albeit at a cool street clip, that Sean Combs then known as Puff Daddy, the ringmaster of Bad Boy Entertainment, Death Row Records' bitter cross-country rival commissioned Shakur's legendary murder in Vegas in September 1996. As his net worth has skyrocketed to nearly $500 million, his image has softened at the same rate: He's a mentor to tween heartthrob Justin Bieber and an MTV reality-show regular. Suge and Theresa have a long history of criminal activity together and share a . That article was later retracted by Times editors because it quoted FBI court documents that turned out to have been faked by a rap-scene gadfly. If true, this means the LAPD has only in the past couple of months revived the probe. That stuff gets purged out. He says his supervisors quietly informed him that he could take any assignment he wanted but was being removed from the Biggie Smalls murder case while a secret Internal Affairs investigation was conducted into his actions in the Numero Uno case. Once Swann admitted her participation in the murder conspiracy, the FBI tried to use her to draw a confession from Knight. Kading used the word procedure for policy when quoting someone in the affidavit and he changed an or to an and. LAPD also determined there was absolutely no evidence that Kading intentionally or maliciously misrepresented material facts, and, further, that Kading was attacked by high-priced attorneys and was left virtually unsupported by the Assistant U.S. Attorney.. Kading did not know it, but his mother's plan was to drive south of the border to meet a boyfriend who was buying drugs, then smuggle the stash into California under the guise of a vacationing family. But now one of Pooles successors in investigating the Biggie case, Kading, is claiming that he disproved Pooles theory, and that rogue police officers were not in fact involved in the murder plot. of him on video, so sorry if I misrepresented that. They remain secret as the murder case is active. I wouldve loved to talk to some of the other people on the plaintiffs witness list, but we just simply couldnt because the legal politics involved. Two years later, Kading moved north, where he became a rising star at LAPD. We followed every viable lead that we had at the time and pushed it to the point where we needed something else to occur in order to move the case forward. We were honoring that, and saying, Hey, if the F.B.I. In what seemed like an instant, however, Kading went from the top of the world to the depths of a very public hell. So that was the protocol we had. This is for the best. In fact, Beck's detectives were doing the opposite. And, its your assertion in Murder Rap that Suge Knight instructed Swann to contact Poochie to arrange the hit on Biggie while Mr. Knight was speaking on a prison phone that he knows was being recorded? But Searight had guessed wrong the defense never called on Kading, who was forced to sit silently while the attacks on him in court piled up. Theresa lived at address, Vermont. , In 2002, filmmaker Nick Broomfield released a documentary, Biggie & Tupac, based on information from the book. The allegations that blame Tupac Shakur's murder on Sean Combs tend to strengthen a different, yet equally controversial, L.A. Times article from 2008, in which Philips fingers Combs for initially setting up a bloody mugging of Shakur in 1994, two years before he was killed in Las Vegas. A later 2005 story by Chuck Philips alleged that an informant for the Poole-Sullivan theory, Psycho Mike, was a schizophrenic with admitted memory lapses who confessed to hearsay. For the third time, Wilson determined that a discovery violation had occurred. Theres no way to go, Well, who was the deputy on charge that day? I dont believe that he was there completely alone though.  In a correction article written by Philips in May 2000, Muhammad was quoted as saying, "I'm a mortgage broker, not a murderer" and asking, "How can something so completely false end up on the front page of a major newspaper? Again, the most important thing here to remember is the foundation of this whole theory is corrupted because Michael Robinson, the jailhouse informant that provided this information that led to this idea of the Nation Of Islam/Amir Muhammad, that whole thing has been refuted because we Theres another witness in this whole thing named Waymond Anderson.  The Metro section also ran a photo of Muhammad, identified by police as a mortgage broker unconnected to the murder who appeared to match details of the gunman, printing his name and driver's license. If Death Row didnt retaliate Tupacs murder then talk is that they are punk bitches for letting Bad Boy walk over them. Cause now she can go back and tell Suge, if she ever gets confronted with her cooperation, she can say, It wasnt me, Poochie already snitched us out.. We took her statement, it was reinforced with these other statements by these other insiders, and then the circumstantial evidence of the car, the money transfers, all of the things that happened [that] led us to believe that she was telling the truth. But the most important thing and Im not calling [him a liar], I think Eugene Deal is trying to help as best he can. I believe thats him, but you cant see him on the video so theres no way to really identify him. Searight declined to comment to the Weekly. That's what I meant. If anybody that we talked to had any information on David Mack, we always made sure that was then pushed over into the civil case. But investigators on the special task force determined early on that the two cases were as inseparable as the street-gang rivalries that ran through them. Swann revealed how the rap boss, who was behind bars at the time, ordered Compton gangster Poochie to murder Biggie, during a taped interview - which later she secured an immunity deal on, according to Kading. On the eve of the trial, a key witness who was expected to testify, Kevin Hackie, revealed that he suffered memory lapses due to psychiatric medications. Greg Kading: Yeah, we have Theres we We had a good case. I was like, 'We'll wipe their ass out, quick. The Metro section of the paper was opposed to running a retraction, but the business desk editor, Mark Saylor, said, "Chuck is sort of the world's authority on rap violence" and pushed, along with Chuck Philips, for the Times to retract the article. Its like a ruse. It may be hard to understand that sum for taking someones life, but to those guys it was a different mentality.. Unsolved case Kading added: "Suge would have figured out she spoke, but the reality. I mean, theres just no way to know. Greg Kading: Yeah, absolutely. ", "Biggie Told Interviewer He Worried About Safety". Yesterday (October 4th), Greg Kading, a Medal of Valor recipient for bravery, spoke with HipHopDX (courtesy of Rare Bird Lit) in a two-part interview, with the first half of Q&A dedicated to his investigation into the murder of Notorious B.I.G. The gang culture has no regard for the law. Kading was branded a dishonest cop, as any Google search will confirm. Detective Says He Knows Who Killed The Notorious B.I.G. They robbed Suge on a personal and professional level. He says that he heard that it was Amir, or Ashmir, or Kenny, or Keke. So when hes interviewed, and hes giving information to the detectives, he says this is what he heard, is that, It was a guy named Amir. It was a guy named maybe Amir or Ashmir. Hes not even sure. And, we were always recognizing because we had taken this to the federal investigative level including [having] the F.B.I. DX: And I understand you had her read a faked confession from Poochie, who was already deceased? , Several days into the trial, the plaintiffs' attorney disclosed to the Court and opposing counsel that he had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be an LAPD officer and provided detailed information about the existence of evidence concerning the Wallace murder. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of Biggie's death, Kading told The Sun: Suge indirectly told Poochie to kill Biggie through Swann. doesnt want the And there was an F.B.I. I think there was some influence there that caused him to point out that picture. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Former L.A.P.D. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Blasts LAPD Over Autopsy Report", "Notorious B.I.G. None were serious violations of court discovery rules. Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. So it came as no surprise that the brass wasted no time in putting together a task force to finally solve the 9-year-old case, find the killer, and hopefully exonerate the police in the process.. The law was only a deterrent if someone was stupid enough to get caught. Kading says he never got the chance to clear up the confusion because he was never called to testify. Either Beck or Beck's underlings decided to replace Kading one of Southern California's top-notch investigators with a detective lacking a strong background in narcotics or informants, Kading says. Because, when she tells us this so many years have gone by to go back and try to to go back 10, 12 years and try to get any kind of inmate records about a visitation, they dont exist. In another defense snippet, Kading talked to Derrick Smith about big money proof, Torres' lawyers alleged, that Kading was trying to bribe a star witness. Voletta Wallace was horrified. All Im trying to say here is that, that I.D., the video I.D. I was involved in the criminal investigation. Swanns lawyer secured her prosecution immunity for attempting to get Knights admission deal and she has stayed silent ever since. Kadings force strategically manipulated Swann into an interview as she faced other criminal charges. Every time we interviewed anybody that would be one of the questions wed ask: Well, what do you know about David Mack? , On March 9, 1997, at 12:30a.m. (PST), Wallace left with his entourage in two Chevrolet Suburbans to attend an after-party at Steve Stoute's house in the Hollywood Hills. | music at popturf", "Notorious B.I.G. However, Kading says the cop who replaced him as lead investigator into Combs and Knight was a bizarre choice by LAPD brass. , Wallace's death was mourned by fellow hip hop artists and fans worldwide.  The New York Times described Broomfield's documentary as a "largely speculative" and "circumstantial" account relying on flimsy evidence, failing to "present counter-evidence" or "question sources. She was just a train wreck, Detective Kading tells the Weekly. I am a native Houstonian a city that I love regardless of our unpredictable weather. officers in your findings as having been part of the Biggie Smalls murder plot? Murder Case: Finally Time for Answers? Stay tuned to HipHopDX for the stunning second half of our conversation with Greg Kading, in which the former member of the Los Angeles Police Department takes DX through his investigation into the murder of Tupac in Las Vegas.  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