About the Book
“[An] engrossing, damning tale of widespread unchecked corruption in one of the nation’s largest police departments, one that deserves attention . . . Exhaustively researched . . . The most thorough examination of these much-publicized events.”—Boston Globe, on LAbyrinth
In 2002, acclaimed journalist Randall Sullivan’s groundbreaking book LAbyrinth ignited a firestorm with its startling disclosures about corruption in the LAPD. It told the story of Russell Poole, a highly decorated LAPD detective, who uncovered a cabal of “gangsta cops” tied to Marion “Suge” Knight’s notorious rap label, Death Row Records, and allegedly to the murders of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. Over twenty years later, no one has been held accountable for their killings.
Now Dead Wrong tells the story of the last sixteen years in the B.I.G. investigations, and uncovers the conspiracy of silence that met the estate’s wrongful death suit against the City. Back in 2001, an eyewitness identified the man who shot Biggie as Amir Muhammad, a man who was former LAPD officer, Death Row associate, and convicted bank robber David Mack’s college roommate and the only man to visit him in prison. Poole’s investigation was repeatedly directed away from Mack and Muhammad, and the wrongful death lawsuit sought to make the city explain why—but instead, investigators encountered a disturbing pattern of selective investigation, hidden evidence, and possible witness tampering. Exclusive interviews with the FBI’s lead investigator of the Biggie murder demonstrate a conspiracy that went to the top, and which implicates some of the most powerful men in law enforcement nationally. A gripping investigation into murder, police corruption, and the corridors of power in Los Angeles, Dead Wrong is full of shocking revelations about a mystery that continues to hold us twenty years on.
Praise for Randall Sullivan and LAbyrinth
“[Sullivan] has an incredible reputation as an investigative journalist. He has really gotten under the skin of hip-hop and police culture in Los Angeles and there are so many possibilities here.”—New American
“Sullivan does a masterly job of juggling the dense thicket of facts . . . But he’s also busy revving the engine, encouraging Poole to connect any dots left untouched.”—Salon.com
“Labyrinth is a jeremiad, leveling everything in its path.”—Los Angeles Magazine
“Compelling . . . No single source presents so complete or damning a record as LAbyrinth.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The evidence cited that links crooked cops to Death Row Records, and Death Row Records to murderers of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, is incredibly thorough and surprisingly credible.”—Flaunt Magazine
“Sullivan makes a strong case for thinking that the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls are connected, and the LAPD Ramparts Division scandal is connected to them . . . You haven’t got the goods on any of these notorious cases until you read this intricate show-biz true crime thriller.”—Booklist