Is this the identity of 2Pac's killer?
The new documentary Who Shot Tupac And Biggie? has stayed in the headlines for the strange revelations it contains. Less than a week after a clip showed Suge Knight suggesting that Tupac might still be alive, the upcoming special is back in the news for the theories it advances about who might have killed the rapper.
Detectives Tim Bennan and Robert Ladd claim that Tupac’s killer was Orlando Anderson. The man has long been suspected of shooting the rapper, as he was one of the last people to see the rapper on the night he was shot. Anderson got into an altercation with Suge Knight and Tupac in the lobby of a casino on the night of the shooting and was beaten by Knight. The theory goes that the shooting was a retaliation for what occured earlier in the day.
“They had all these other theories going on, but it was a really simple gang one-on-one to Tim and I,” Ladd says in the doc. “We believe Orlando Anderson was the one who did it.” The detectives claim that Anderson bragged about the killing. However, during his life, Anderson vehemently denied that he was the one who shot the rapper. Anderson was killed in a shooting at a car wash in 1998.
It’s the second theory to come from the show hosted by Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien, following Suge Knight’s insinuation that Tupac was still alive.
“I mean, when I left that hospital, me and ‘Pac was laughing and joking,” he told the pair. “So I don’t see how somebody could turn from doing well to doing bad.” O’Brien responded by flatly asking if Knight thinks the rapper is still alive. “I’ma tell you, with ‘Pac, you never know,” he said.
Recent revelations also showed that Pac was defiant up until the end(?) of his life. Las Vegas PD’s Chris Carroll, who responded to the scene of the shooting, said that Pac was still distrustful of police:
“And then I saw in his face, in his movements, all of a sudden in the snap of a finger, he changed,” he said. “And he went from struggling to speak, being noncooperative, to an ‘I’m at peace’ type of thing. Just like that. . . He went from fighting to ‘I can’t do it.’ And when he made that transition, he looked at me, and he’s looking right in my eyes. And that’s when I looked at him and said one more time, ‘Who shot you?’. . . He looked at me and he took a breath to get the words out, and he opened his mouth, and I thought I was actually going to get some cooperation. And then the words came out: ‘F**k you.’”
The special was just released and is already being bashed for its inaccuracies. In the special, they repeatedly name Commander Steve Katz of the LA County Sheriff’s Department and accuse him of bungling the investigation into the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. However, Steve Katz was not assigned to the case and, in fact, the Sheriff’s Department as a whole was not investigating the murder at the time. The case was handled by the city’s police department.
Critical Content, the production company that made the special, was forced to issue an apology to Katz.
“Critical Content apologizes to Commander Steve Katz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, whose photo was mistakenly included in last night’s airing of ‘Who Shot Biggie and Tupac?’” they said. “He is not the Steven Katz of the Los Angeles Police Department mentioned in the program.”
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