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Snitch Recants in Rapper Notorious B.I.G. Murder Case

An informant recants...

A paid informant who figured prominently in police and FBI investigations into the killing of rap star Notorious B.I.G., and who accused rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and a rogue police officer of orchestrating the murder, has admitted that his information was "all hearsay." The informant, questioned under oath in a civil lawsuit, also admitted that his identification of the alleged gunman was fraudulent. He described himself as a paranoid schizophrenic who has been hospitalized for the disorder.

The case is classified as unsolved, but who will repair the damage to these three?

Several months after the killing, the informant gave Los Angeles Police Department detectives the basis for the theory that Knight, founder of Death Row Records, conspired with then-LAPD Officer David A. Mack to arrange the shooting. According to this scenario, a college friend of Mack's, a mortgage broker named Amir Muhammad, ambushed Wallace as his motorcade waited at a stoplight.

The informant was not only paid with money. He was paid with liberty, which is a commodity far more precious than money. It's what makes snitch testimony inherently unreliable:

In July 1997, Psycho Mike contacted LAPD detectives from a county lockup, where he was serving time for a parole violation. He said he had information about the Wallace murder. In return for helping investigators, he hoped for early release from jail.

In his recent deposition, he described his career as a criminal and, later, as an informant. He grew up in Compton, started stealing bicycles at age 6 and moved on to car theft and armed robbery. In 1979, he shot a man to death to avenge the killing of his twin brother, he said. Behind bars, he joined a prison gang and stabbed an inmate 14 times as an initiation rite. Then, he said, he found God and decided to change his life.

The man, now 48, said he has served as a paid informant for an array of agencies: "The Sheriff's Department, FBI, DEA, Long Beach Police, anti-terrorist groups." He said he has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since childhood, has been hospitalized repeatedly for treatment, and has been on medication "for most of my life."

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  • Blaghdaddy's with Chris Rock on this one...

    Re: Snitch Recants in Rapper Notorious B.I.G. Murd (none / 0) (#2)
    by KD on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:40 PM EST
    In my opinion some of these stories had to do with further discrediting Raphel Perez so that he couldn't testify against other police officers. He was accused of murder in Tijuana and being involved with the death of B.I.G., and all the charges against the other officers were just dropped.