Conspiracy theories are the natural offshoots of unsolved mysteries. One of such mysteries is the identity of Christopher Wallace’s killer and the exact details of his death. Christopher Wallace, better known as The Notorious B.I.G or Biggie was killed in the morning of March 9, 1997. The over two-decade-old mystery is yet to be officially solved by the police, although it has brought up many suspects and conspiracy theories.
The death of the famous rapper, regarded as one of the greatest rappers to ever live is often seen these days as one of the mysteries that will never be solved.
How Did Biggie Die?
The war between East Coast and West Coast hip-hop artists, which had already led to the death of Tupac Shakur was a good reason for Biggie to avoid a trip to the heart of the enemy’s camp but a trust in his paid security team and a need to promote an important sophomore album caused Biggie to take on the risk. He went to Los Angeles in February 1997 and during his time in California, he shot a music video for a single off his new album and gave radio interviews.
He attended an awards ceremony on the night before his assassination. After the event, he attended the after party in an attempt to keep up the appearance that everything was fine. The party, which was held at the Petersen Automotive Museum by Vibe Magazine and Quest Records, ended a little early as the police stopped it because of overcrowding. On his way back to his hotel with his entourage of security guards and label mates, which included Sean Diddy Combs, he was shot.
His entourage had left the party at 12:30 – the morning of March 9, 1997, in two Suburban SUVs. About fifteen minutes after he left the party, a black car pulled up beside his car while he waited at a red light on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue. The car was driven by a black male dressed in formal attire (a detail that suggested that the killer was present at the party), he rolled down his window and started firing into Biggie Smalls’ car.
Biggie Smalls caught four bullets from the rapid gunshot which upon investigation, was discovered to have been a 9mm blue steel pistol. According to the autopsy after Wallace’s death, only one of the four bullets was fatal with the other 3 bullets missing any vital organ. The fatal bullet caught Wallace in his colon, heart, and liver. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 am.
Even though there were multiple witnesses present at the shooting, the police have not been able to file a single charge against anyone for the murder. Due to the profile of Wallace, the murder drew attention from the media all over the world and birthed several conspiracy theories about the shooter and his motives.
Multiple people claim to have figured out the killer, with most accounts pointing at Suge Knight of Death Row Records as the mastermind behind the assassination. As a result of the theories and lack of a conclusion from the police investigation, the family of Christopher Wallace filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles for failure to investigate and charge the perceived assailant. The case was dismissed twice by the court.
In December 2012, another attempt was made to solve the case, with the police releasing the autopsy results on Wallace’s body with the hope that it might produce new leads but nothing came off it. The case has remained unsolved till this day.
What Was His Net Worth?
Biggie Smalls was said to be worth $20 million while he was alive, however, his family estate is currently estimated to be worth over $160 million. The rise has been due to re-releases of Biggie’s music and the posthumous release of his albums, including Life After Death which hit the shelves just sixteen days after his assassination and is one of the few hip-hop albums to be certified diamond by the RIAA.
Other Interesting Facts You Should Know
- Biggie was born on the 21st of May 1972. He was 24 years old when he was assassinated.
- Biggie has two children, T’yanna and Christopher Wallace Jr. The two children are from two different mothers. T’yanna, was born to his longtime girlfriend and C.J was born to his wife, Faith Evans.
- He has four albums to his name. Ready to Die was his first album which was released in 1994 and he was done with Life After Death, which was due for release a few days after his death. His family estate has released two posthumous albums, Born Again in 1999 and Duets: The Final Chapter in 2005.