Recently Uncovered FBI Files Reveal Notorious B.I.G. Had Mafia Ties

FBI files on the unsolved murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. reveal that a rare type of armor-piercing bullet was used in the hit, throwing further suspicion on a corrupt former police officer, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

Notorious BIG, foxy Foxy Brown...

Another fresh piece of information in the FBI file claims Wallace had connections with New York's Genovese mafia family and that the rapper was being surveilled by LAPD for that reason before his death.

The 1997 murder of Christopher Wallace - aka Biggie Smalls - is a high-profile case not just in Los Angeles, but across the world, given the victim's fame.

At the time of his death Wallace, 24, was one of the biggest rappers in the U.S. and his murder has often been put down to a 'war' between top East and West Coast rappers.

However, conspiracy theories abound, as do accusations of a police cover-up, and the FBI files will do little to halt that with revelations contained in the ballistics reports.

Wallace was killed while leaving an awards ceremony at Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on March 9.

He got into the back of a GMC Suburban car in a three-vehicle convoy but before the cars moved a black Chevy SS Impala pulled up alongside his window and sprayed gunfire. Wallace was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

The FBI files identify the type of bullets used as Gecko 9mm, a rare metal-piercing munition manufactured in Germany and available in the U.S. through just two distributors, one in California and one in New Jersey.

That will again raise the name of David Mack, a corrupt former LA police officer who served 14 years in jail for a $722,000 armed bank robbery in LA in 1997.

The FBI reports have redacted Mack's name from the paperwork, but his identity is obvious to experts on the case based on previously released information about him.

When police raided Mack's home they discovered Gecko 9mm ammunition and parked outside was a black Chevy SS Impala.

At Mack's home officers also found a shrine to West Coast rap idol Tupac Shakur who had been murdered six months earlier.

Shakur's murder is also unsolved and it has been speculated that Wallace's murder was a revenge attack for Shakur's death.

Mack was reputed to have have worked as a bodyguard to Marion 'Suge' Knight, the infamous founder of Death Row Records, the label to which Shakur was signed.

Wallace was part of the East Coast, New York-based, rap scene. Shakur belonged to the West Coast, LA-based scene.

Mack, who denies he murdered Wallace, was the subject of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Wallace's family in 2007.

The FBI file does note the remarkable failure of the LAPD to connect the car, gun and ammunition used in the hit, to the ammunition and car found at Mack's home.

'LAPD has also never matched the ammunition found (location redacted) during the search after the bank robbery with the bullets used to kill Biggie,' states a 2002 document extracted by New York Daily News.

Armed robber: Former LAPD officer David Mack has been linked with the murder, and had links to Suge Knight, right, the founder of Death Row Records, the West Coast label to which Biggie's rival Tupac Shakur was signed.

'It is unclear whether the 9mm Gecko ammunition has ever been compared to some of the 9mm ammunition found (Location redacted) that is believed to be Gecko.'

Another fresh piece of information in the FBI file claims Wallace had connections with New York's Genovese mafia family and that the rapper was being surveilled by LAPD for that reason before his death.

While the FBI halted its investigation in 2005 after failing to find enough evidence to charge anyone, the LAPD is continuing its investigation.


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