The murder of Tupac Shakur and who actually carried it out has been highly controversial and shrouded in mystery and conspiracy. However, a shocking new documentary—which interviews the last people to see him alive—claims that Tupac “knew the hitman who shot him but his brutal murder remains a mystery because cops never wanted to solve it.”
The documentary, titled ‘Snapped: Notorious’, is set to air on Oxygen on September 10. According to TMZ, who received the exclusive first clip, it’ll run 2 hours with in-depth interviews from people who were the last to see him alive before he was fatally shot dead in a drive-by in 1996. They include close friends and rappers Danny Boy and Yo-Yo, DJ Mister Cee, Pac’s first manager Leila Steinberg, music journalist Toure and others.
The trailer, obtained by TMZ, paints a vivid picture of Pac’s last breaths on his deathbed in a Las Vegas hospital … his finger shot off and nodding that he knew who did this to him.
This documentary contradicts the original account of the officer who was the first to arrive on the scene who famously said Tupac refused to help them with the investigation as he bled out.
Sergeant Chris Carroll said, “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*** you.’
“After that, he started gurgling and slipping out of consciousness. At that point, an ambulance showed up, and he went into unconsciousness.”
Tupac would die in the hospital six days later.
However, according to the documentary, those who were with him when he died, say Tupac revealed the identity of his hitman and the cops chose not to investigate it.
What’s more, according to an article out of The Sun, another documentary, by a well-known filmmaker and director, RJ Bond, backs up the claims that the LAPD ‘hindered’ the investigation.
According to the Sun,
RJ Bond says some of the homicide detectives responsible for tracking down the rap star’s cold-blooded killers had hidden agendas and seemed to have no interest in finding those really responsible.
Bond had tracked down a confession letter said to have been written by one of the men responsible for opening fire on Tupac’s Cadillac in 1996.
The US documentary maker and author claims the document names the killers and clears rap mogul Suge Knight of any involvement in the drive-by shooting.
The letter – provided to the Sun Online by Bond – is said to have been written by one of the gunmen who opened fire on Tupac’s car in Las Vegas.
In the unverified letter he tells how he was “told to take night out” – a reference to Death Row Records boss Knight.
But Bond says the police have shown no interest in the letter because they have “a convenient” suspect they believe was responsible.
Bond says, “They still pump out the theory Orlando Anderson was the killer of Tupac but to be honest that is just very convenient for them.”
Despite being the lead suspect, Anderson was never charged with the murder and was in fact murdered as well in 1998.
“The public wants to believe the Anderson theory because it’s nice to go to sleep thinking the bad guys are bad guys and those looking after you aren’t a bunch of goons.
“It’s always been a tricky process dealing with the LAPD and we have uncovered plenty of evidence of police corruption over the years. Everything we have found while looking into these killings has been in spite of the LAPD, not with their help,” explained Bond.
According to Bond, the confession letter, which disputes the official story, was given to a local Fox affiliate at the time and a major interview was setup to expose it. However, the person who delivered the letter did not show up for the interview—likely due to the dangerous nature of going public with it. So, it was given to Russell Poole, a former LAPD cop who filed it away for a long time, according to Bond.
“When I saw it, the name of Reginald Wright Jnr (Death Row security chief) just leaps out of the page. It reads he gave Tupac’s location. My jaw just hit the floor when I read that,” Bond said.
“This letter is a bit like the Rosetta Stone – it makes a lot of other things make sense,” Bond told the Sun Online.
“This new documentary is important for all those involved in the killings but in particular the victims and witnesses like Yafeu Fula, the Outlawz rapper who was shot after the Tupac killing.
“The night of the Tupac shooting he was nearest to the Cadillac and gave a statement to Las Vegas cops of the driver of the shooters’ car.
“When we saw a picture of Danny he matched the description of the driver. I mean, what are the chances?”
Below is a transcript of the unofficial letter written in poor grammar. The names are blacked out but are said to be revealed with the release of the documentary.
There was a major problem with demo stilling (stealing). 2 song’s that 2 pac came out with were written by XXXX XXXXX. XXXX XXXXX was a up and coming rap singer. He gave 4 demos to 2 pac to look over because he met 2pac at the Bonaventure hotel (Los Angeles). 2 pac promised that he would look over the demo’s XXXX XXXXX never heard from 2 pac and 3 months later after 2pac received the demos the song brendas got a baby was released. Brendas got a baby was written by XXXX XXXXX. XXXX XXXXX let that slide, But he continued to go to different recording studios. Finally in 94 XXXX XXXX started making money. And he was sponsored mostly by sh night.What night did not know was that XXXX XXXX found out that he was being sold to XXXXX. There was a meeting in Reno. And XXXX XXXX and 2 pac had dispute about song’s that were taken. XXXX XXXX was beaten down by 2 pac soldier’s. as days whent by there was meetings with ICG – gear gang – gost town –front street -52 –A try hoovers – and south park. A bounty was put on 2pac and night. Mr. Writh Jr. gave info were 2 pac was going to be. There was 6 different baracade’s that no matter what would have happened no one would of made it out. I was the shooter that was told to take night out. XXXX XXXXX was the one that took 2 pac out. As for gun that was used, will bedropped off at the security booth at fox 11. Please do not have stop or talk to one of droppin off the gun.
While there have certainly been other rappers to meet an untimely demise because of their life choices, Tupac remains in the public spotlight because he was different than most. Below is a very rare interview with Tupac when he was just 17 years old highlighting just why he stood out.
This well-spoken, open-minded young man was destined to change the world for the better. However, something happened along the way that made sure this would never happen. Perhaps these documentaries can give us a little more insight as to who was behind it.
Commentary by Jon Masters