[Warning: Spoilers below. Note that, while this program is based on real events, some scenes and characters have been fictionalized.]
Want to sort through the details of the investigations in Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.? Would it help to see the events of the show in chronological order? Here are the main developments from the most recent episode. Come back each week for new updates. New information from episode 106 is in bold. Watch the full episode here.
Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur meet for the first time in Los Angeles, CA, and become friends.
Tupac travels to New York City and visits Biggie. Biggie sees the guys Tupac is hanging out with and warns Pac about his new entourage.
A young woman who visits Tupac’s hotel in New York accuses the men in his room of sexual abuse; Tupac is arrested.
Biggie goes on the radio and defends Tupac.
Tupac is shot at Quad Studios in New York.
Tupac is hospitalized but checks out the same day of his surgery -- before Biggie can visit him.
Tupac goes to prison, convicted of first-degree sexual abuse. While there, Biggie releases a hit track, “Who Shot Ya?” which the public widely infers is about Tupac.
Suge Knight wants to recruit Tupac to the Death Row Records label.
An associate of Suge Knight’s is shot outside an Atlanta nightclub. Knight and others suspect Sean Combs may have had something to do with it.
Tupac leaves prison and joins Death Row Records.
Biggie calls into a radio show and says his single “Who Shot Ya?” had nothing to do with Tupac; he mentions a Dogg Pound video production happening locally in NYC.
Tha Dogg Pound trailer on the video set in Red Hook, Brooklyn is shot up; no one is hurt or killed.
A group of Suge Knight’s associates, including Trevon “Tray” Lane, have an altercation with a group of men thought to be associated with the Crips gang, including Orlando Anderson, outside a Los Angeles mall.
After attending a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, Tray spots Orlando in the hotel lobby and a scuffle between them takes place.
Following the fight, Tupac goes back to his hotel and visits his girlfriend Kidada Jones before going out for the night to Suge Knight’s nightclub.
Tupac’s bodyguard, Frank Alexander, travels to the club separately, behind Tupac and Suge’s vehicle.
On March 9, The Notorious B.I.G. attends a party for Vibe Magazine at the Petersen Auto Museum with Sean “Puffy” Combs. It’s six months after Shakur’s murder but, according to LAPD Detective Kelly Cooper, the East-Coast-West-Coast beef is far from over and members from both Bloods and Crips gangs are in attendance at the party.
Wallace leaves the party in a three-vehicle convoy – Combs and his bodyguards travel in the first vehicle, Wallace and his bodyguards travel in a second vehicle, and Inglewood PD officer Reggie Blaylock drives the third SUV.
A dark-colored car pulls up next to the SUV carrying Wallace and six shots are fired.
Nine days after Biggie’s murder, two non-uniformed LAPD officers -- Detective Frank Lyga and Officer Kevin Gaines -- butt heads in a case of road rage in North Hollywood. The altercation escalates and Lyga shoots Gaines, neither realizing the other is police.
Miller and Poole are assigned to the Gaines murder and discover that the vehicle Gaines was driving is registered to Sharitha Knight, Suge Knight’s wife.
Miller and Poole question Sharitha Knight and learn that Gaines had been her boyfriend. She says that she and Suge “haven’t been together for a long time, even before he went to prison.” She mentions that Gaines had done some work for her as security at Snoop Dogg’s birthday party.
Poole does more digging on Gaines and finds out that the deceased officer lived well beyond an LAPD salary -- $1,000 dinners, an expensive car, fancy clothes. He also learns that Gaines was being investigated by Internal Affairs, that he had been involved in three other road rage incidents, and that the gang sign he flashed Lyga was associated with the Piru gang, which some believed was connected to Suge Knight.
Gaines’s family hires lawyer Johnnie Cochran to represent them. Lieutenant Paul Larson tells Poole to drop the “dirty cop” angle and find a witness to back up Lyga’s story.
Poole visits the gas station where Gaines was shot and discovers that a videotape backing up Lyga’s story had been withheld from the police. According to the gas station attendant, Johnnie Cochran was going to pay handsomely for the tape, but Poole takes the tape, threatening to arrest the attendant for obstruction of justice.
Following Poole’s police work on the Lyga case, Lt. Larson rewards him by assigning him to the Christopher Wallace case. Poole and Miller visit the homicide division at Wilshire to get up to speed on the investigation, which Wilshire has been handling for a month.
Poole and Miller interview Duane “Keefe D” Davis, who attended the party the night of Biggie’s murder and owned a car similar to the one the shooter was driving. Keefe D says he rented a different kind of car the night of the murder.
Compton PD calls Miller and says that Orlando Anderson, a person of interest in the Tupac murder, is Keefe D’s nephew.
Poole and Miller travel to Vegas to talk to the detectives who investigated the Tupac murder. Poole and Miller receive a list of everyone Vegas PD interviewed, including Richard McCauley, an LAPD officer who moonlighted for Death Row Records and is under investigation by LAPD Internal Affairs.
Tyndall lands a high-profile bank robbery case, while Poole and Miller continue to investigate the Biggie murder.
Miller and Poole interview a prison informant who implicates LAPD and an ex-Crip gangster to be involved in the “contract killing” of Biggie. According to the informant, the name of the shooter was: “Keeky.”
Poole is suspicious of cops doing security for Death Row and Miller warns him about accusing LAPD officers of conspiring in a celebrity’s death. Poole thinks Miller’s most recent report to their boss is incomplete; Poole is livid.
Tyndall gets a lead on the bank robbery – one of their own guys: David Mack. LAPD swarms his house and finds a Tupac poster in his garage.
Poole is taken off the Biggie case and assigned to investigate Mack, who he arrests for the bank robbery. Poole interrogates Mack about Death Row Records and finds a name of interest in Mack’s visitor log: Amir Muhammad, a name which they had heard before in connection with the Biggie murder.
As Poole refines his theory – that Mack was a dirty cop who may have been connected to the Blood gang, owned the same type of car seen at the Biggie shooting, and was visited by a man with a name matching one involved in the murder investigation – he is suspended by RHD for letting Grace drive his department-issued car.
Orlando Anderson is killed in a shoot-out, along with two other men.
Russell Poole returns to RHD to investigate David Mack’s former partner, Rafael Perez, for stealing cocaine from police evidence, and theorizes that Perez, Gaines, and Mack are all connected somehow.
LAPD executes a search warrant at Death Row Records and finds a car registration for the same type of vehicle allegedly used in the Biggie murder.
Poole suspects that Mack was contracted to kill Biggie, but the chief is not interested in his theory.
Poole turns in his investigative files relating to the Biggie murder to a Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney.
Voletta Wallace files a suit against the LAPD for $400 million based on Detective Russell Poole’s theory that the cops were somehow involved with the death of her son, Christopher Wallace.
Detective Brian Tyndall, who worked on the original case of Christopher Wallace’s murder, asks Detective Greg Kading to lead a new task force. Kading’s job is to find out “who really killed The Notorious B.I.G,” going wherever the case may lead him.
Kading enlists Officer Daryn Dupree to join his task force.
Kading and FBI Agent Justine Simon question Ernest Anderson, who was present at the Vibe party, and whose white SUV was suspected of cutting off Biggie’s security at the time of the murder. Anderson’s phone records had shown calls to Suge Knight and he claims that, as a screenwriter, he contacted Knight through the years to pitch movie ideas.
Detective Alan Hunter and Dupree travel to Philadelphia to interview Scott Shepherd, who was with Ernest Anderson the night of Biggie’s murder. Shepherd maintains that their SUV was still in the garage when Biggie was shot -- and not blocking his security as some had theorized.
Kading learns there may have been a “spotter” the night of Biggie’s murder -- a young, attractive woman who was asking around about Biggie’s transportation for the night.
Tucker learns that one of their leads, Corey Edwards, has been living in L.A. under multiple aliases.
Kading’s task force tries to locate Edwards in order to get to Keefe D. After a false start and some digging by the task force, Dupree arrests Edwards at his daughter’s birthday party.
Miller interviews Biggie’s former girlfriend and learns about a man who attended the Petersen Museum party – a suspected drug dealer and gang member with connections to both Biggie and Sean Combs.
The task force interviews Corey Edwards, but he refuses to talk.
After going through Poole’s old storage unit, the task force decides to interview Dorrough, who is serving time for his role in the shootout that left Orlando Anderson and two other men dead in 1998.
The task force decides to test a large backlog of seized guns at their disposal, ultimately connecting one that was found in a backyard in 1998 to the murder of Tupac.
Vegas PD says that the gun the task force identified is not a match for the Tupac murder. The task force wants it re-tested.
The task force believes that the gun could give them leverage on Corey Edwards -- which might get him to talk about the Biggie murder.
Mark Bell, an associate of Sean Combs, is allegedly beaten up at a Death Row Records party after refusing to reveal information relating to Combs. (Bell later recanted his story about the alleged assault.)