[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.
Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur meet for the first time in Los Angeles, CA, and become friends.
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.
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.
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