FBI Agent Phil Carson has held onto a secret for fifteen years, which will prove for the final time that there was a cover-up of the murder of Hip-Hop Superstar The Notorious B.I.G. by officials at the LAPD. Agent Carson is talking, and journalist Don Sikorski has the FBI Files to prove it. This ground-breaking podcast spans 20 years inside the underbelly of crime in the dark forces of the LAPD that used power and influence to hide the evidence and facts. LAPD Officers orchestrated the murder of Biggie Smalls. The information contained inside The Dossier will shake the foundation of the LAPD and the City of Los Angeles, defining with evidence who shot and killed Biggie, but more importantly why the power players inside Los Angeles covered it up.
Persons Of Interest
Don Sikorski graduated with a journalism degree from New York University. Even while attending NYU, he knew in his heart that he would pave a path leading him to journalistic storytelling.
For his first project, Sikorski spent three years writing, directing, and producing the feature-length documentary Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops. The project traced the story of a NYPD-FBI intelligence unit surveilling the Hip-Hop industry.
He has worn many hats on a variety of projects since his successful debut and has been able to build a thriving career and. an impressive body of work.
From TV documentary series — Article 32, Sean Kingston: Kingston’s Road, Ransom City, American Vice, A&E’s Live PD, MTV: True Life Crime, FOX’s Biggie & Tupac — to hit reality shows, Black Ink Crew, and the spinoff Black Ink Crew: Chicago, and most recently, Undercover Underage for Discovery Plus. Sikorski always has his finger on the cultural pulse.
His most recent project, the Showtime documentary series The Supreme Team, was just nominated for an Emmy.
However, the small screen couldn’t contain his stories. He needed a larger canvas, and with that Sikorski embarked on his first feature film — The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, which was met with rave reviews. For his second feature film, Sikorski Exec Produced City of Lies, starring Johnny Depp. The film delves into the true story of LAPD detective Russell Poole and the murder of Hip-Hop legend The Notorious B.I.G.
Upon entering into the podcast arena, it should come as no surprise that his first podcast offering, The Dossier, a true crime series revealing the murder of Biggie Smalls hit the top of the charts.
Sikorski is currently Show-Running a new series for the CW as well as putting the finishing touches on the second season of award-winning podcast, The Dossier.
RETIRED FBI AGENT PHIL CARSON
Retired FBI agent Phil Carson, who spent over 20 highly decorated years with the Bureau’s Los Angeles Field Division, was the agent in charge of the federal investigation into Biggie’s murder. His investigation & prosecutive report regarding the suspects involved was our Season 1 guide into the still ‘unsolved’ murder of Notorious BIG.
Carson went on the record repeatedly about what he found, who killed Biggie & who inside the “3 major entities in the LAPD, the US Attorney’s Office & the LA Times assisted in the cover up.”
Despite the LAPD & the LA Times’ efforts to discredit him, Carson’s track record & reputation in law enforcement is beyond reproach. He was even awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service - the Justice Department’s highest honor - for his work investigating corruption inside the LAPD.
After a turbulent childhood in Compton, David Mack used his athletic abilities to escape his environment through a track scholarship at the University of Oregon. Mack developed into one of the fastest 800 meter runners in the world before an injury derailed his track career. It was during his time at Oregon that David Mack became close friends and roommates with Oregon football player Harry Billups (who later changed his name to Amir Muhammad.)
David Mack joined the LAPD in the late 80’s and was rumored to be a personal recruit of LAPD Chief Bernard Parks. He remained a police officer until December of 1997, when Mack was identified as the ringleader of one of the largest bank robberies in Los Angeles history. Once in police custody, Mack immediately announced to fellow inmates and investigators that he was a Mob Piru Blood gang member. Shortly after his arrest, clues began to appear linking Mack, his college roommate Billups and other LAPD officers in the murder of Biggie Smalls.
Mack, who refused to give up any of his accomplices (or the whereabouts of the stolen money) in the bank robbery, was convicted and served 14 years in prison.
The LAPD has never even questioned David Mack about his role in the murder of Biggie. Today he is a free man.
MARION ‘SUGE’ KNIGHT
The former head of Death Row Records is the main suspect in ordering the murder of Biggie (& Puffy), including agreeing to pay Mack, Muhammad & the others a set dollar amount after the hit took place. Knight had allegedly been involved in numerous criminal activities, and was in LA County Jail at the time of Biggie’s murder. Multiple confidential informants testified that Suge had confessed his (& LAPD officers) involvement in the murder of Biggie. In a jailhouse interview that aired during Season 1 of The Dossier, Suge claimed that ‘the same people involved in the Biggie killing tried to kill him.’
After numerous arrests & parole violations, Suge is currently serving 28 years for voluntary manslaughter.
A close friend of Mack’s & the face of the LAPD Rampart scandal. Perez took part in & disclosed too many crimes as a police officer to count. He also allegedly worked off duty for Death Row, despite claims otherwise. His prison cellmate testified that Perez admitted to him that he took part in both the bank robbery & the murder of Biggie Smalls with David Mack, also implicating officer Kevin Gaines in the plot.
While Perez ‘cooperated’ in the LAPD’s Rampart scandal, he actually failed FIVE polygraph tests. Over the years many have come to believe the scandal was just a ruse to cover up much greater criminality inside the LAPD.
Today Raphael Perez is a free man.
The purported trigger man, allegedly a contract killer, Muhammad was close friends with Mack, his college roommate & fellow athlete at Oregon. Amir was even the godfather to 2 of Mack’s children. After Mack’s arrest for bank robbery, Muhammad was the first person to visit him in jail. Numerous confidential informants have placed Amir at Death Row functions, and have named him as the shooter in Biggie’s murder.
Shortly after the murder of Biggie, a confidential informant told LAPD that the shooter was named “Amir or Ashmir.” Eugene Deal, who was head of security for Bad Boy Records on the night of the murder, places Amir at the scene of the crime & confronted him when Muhammad approached Puffy’s SUV first.
The LAPD has never questioned Amir regarding the murder of Biggie Smalls.
Today Amir Muhammad is a free man.
REGGIE WRIGHT JR.
A former Compton police officer, RWJ took over security at Death Row & formed a security company, funded by Suge, called Wright Way Security. Rumors and innuendo follow Reggie from his days as an (alleged) dirty cop and confidential informant. Whispers also still persist about his involvement in the deaths of Biggie & Tupac.
In 2017, Reggie was convicted of a cross state drug trafficking operation with the Memphis Crips. After cooperating against his co-defendants, he served less than 3 years in prison.
Reggie was interviewed for Season 1 of The Dossier in what became a classic podcast episode & is considering a return for Season 2.
FORMER LAPD DETECTIVE RUSS POOLE
Russell Poole was a decorated LAPD Robbery/Homicide Detective who was assigned to the murder of the rapper The Notorious BIG.
Poole had just investigated the killing of LAPD Officer Kevin Gaines by fellow officer Frank Lyga on March 18, 1997. After finding out that the SUV Gaines was driving at the time was registered to Death Row Records, Poole began uncovering more ties between the record company & the slain officer . A month later, Russ Poole was given the Biggie case. When Poole found evidence that LAPD officers were involved, his investigation was shut down & he was blackballed from the Robbery/Homicide Division.
Poole would resign from the LAPD just months before his 20 year pension kicked in, while LAPD did everything in their power to ruin the reputation of their former detective.
Russ Poole died of a heart attack in 2015 while attending a meeting at the LA Sheriff's Department - he was there presenting evidence in the Biggie murder investigation.
FORMER LAPD LIEUTENANT SERGIO ROBLETO
The revered former LAPD Lieutenant, Robleto joined the civil lawsuit investigation working as an investigator for the Wallace family. Robleto was very critical of the LAPD’s handling of the case, including the fact that Robbery/Homicide wasn’t put on the investigation for over a month. He became a close friend to Don Sikorski & provided some of the secret files we have in our possession today.
Sadly, Sergio passed away suddenly of pneumonia in 2018.
FORMER LAPD DETECTIVE STEVE KATZ
Detective Katz took over as lead investigator on the Biggie case following Russ Poole. It became evident that Katz’ main responsibility, however, was covering up any LAPD involvement in the case. It was Katz who was hiding evidence & files that implicated Mack & Perez in a secret compartment in his desk at Robbery/Homicide. After this was discovered, Chief Bratton immediately removed him as lead investigator, although many believe that Katz was following orders from up above regarding the hidden files.
Katz’ step brother was interviewed by LAPD & told investigators that Katz had made a number of incriminating statements regarding police involvement in the murder of Biggie.
A community activist in Southern California, Hermosillo served as an adjudicator on more LAPD Officer Board of Rights hearings than any civilian in California history. This included the BOR hearings for Kenneth Boagni, in which he testified about Rafael Perez’ statements in jail, as well as some photographic evidence in the case.
It was Xavier’s testimony to a judge that caused US Marshals to shut down LAPD’s Robbery/Homicide Division & seize the hidden files in Detective Katz’ secret drawer.
He also viewed & initialized a photograph that showed Mack, Perez & Michelle Parks (yes, Chief Parks’ daughter) dressed in red, posing in front of a cake celebrating the ‘Bloods Rule.’ The photo, seized during a Compton gang raid, has disappeared.
Xavier was interviewed in Season 1 of The Dossier & we will hear more from him in Season 2.
Boagni was cellmates & friends with Rafael Perez in prison. He testified in a deposition, & confirmed on The Dossier’s Season 1, that Perez confessed to taking part in Biggie’s killing. According to Boagni, Perez had also implicated Mack & Gaines in the murder. Perez also stated that it was Gaines’ fault that they weren’t also able to kill Puffy as well. Boagni also claims that Perez admitted involvement in the bank robbery & that the money was to pay Amir Muhammad for the murder because Suge Knight had reneged on the payment due to Puffy getting away.
After appearing in Season 1 of The Dossier, Kenneth will be heard from again in Season 2.
An FBI informant or 'agent provocateur’ as he likes to say, Ha’mmonds, through a friendship with Tupac Shakur, had intimate knowledge of Suge Knight, Death Row & the Biggie Murder. He provided authorities with photos of David Mack, Rafael Perez & Amir Muhammad with Knight at DR functions. He was also approached by Knight to ‘handle’ Biggie Smalls.
Later, while incarcerated with Knight, Ha'mmonds testified that Suge stated, among other things, that “My people handled the business. We took care of him...We just missed Puffy...The case will never be solved because the LAPD were involved.”
We gained exclusive access to Ha’mmonds video deposition in Season 1 & have subsequently released it in its entirety.
Close friends with Mack & Perez, another LAPD officer who was not only involved with Death Row, but was romantically involved with Sharitha Knight (Suge’s estranged wife.) He was stationed at Pacific Division, the department that conveniently lost key evidence prior to Snoop Dogg’s murder trial. He was implicated by a number of confidential informants as having taken part in Biggie’s murder & was supposed to be part of the planned bank robbery.
However, 9 days after Biggie’s murder, Gaines was gunned down in a road rage incident by fellow officer Frank Lyga.
FORMER LAPD CHIEF BERNARD PARKS
The LAPD Chief of Police during the scandal ridden Rampart era, as well as the murder of Biggie Smalls. Did everything in his power to keep a lid on the investigation into both Rampart & the Biggie murder. Officer David Mack was actually one of Parks’ personal recruits to the LAPD, his daughter was also later found to be associating with Death Row & was arrested for drug trafficking.
Somehow escaped any responsibility & later became a city councilman.
FORMER LAPD CHIEF BILL BRATTON
Bratton’s storied career began in Boston, but was focused in Los Angeles for our purposes. His work as Chief of Police in Los Angeles, and his role in covering up the involvement by LAPD officers in the murder of Biggie Smalls has somehow flown under the radar. It was his right hand man, Mike Berkow, who did everything in his power to discredit Phil Carson & his case.
There is no realistic world in which Bratton did not know what was going on.
FORMER LAPD ASSISTANT CHIEF MIKE BERKOW
Along with former Chief Parks, no one did more to thwart & cover up the murder investigation than Deputy Chief Berkow. He was proven to be leaking information to Chuck Phillips at the LA Times. He was even recorded by Phillips telling him to discredit Phil Carson & the investigation so the city would be off the hook in the civil suit. After a separate scandal involving improper relationships with a female subordinate, Berkow quietly resigned from the LAPD.
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST RANDALL SULLIVAN
In the story of the murder of Biggie, no journalist has uncovered more evidence than the former editor at Rolling Stone Magazine. It was his 2001 investigative article that helped bring the civil suit filed by Miss Wallace. The article also led to Sullivan’s book LAbyrinth, which was the basis for the movie City of Lies. Randall released a follow up book, Dead Wrong, that brought even more evidence to the public’s attention regarding the LAPD coverup of police involvement in the murder.
Mr. Sullivan will be part of Season 2 of The Dossier.
FORMER LA TIMES REPORTER CHUCK PHILLIP
The disgraced former LA Times writer who conspired with the LAPD, specifically Deputy Chief Berkow, to discredit the FBI investigation & Phil Carson. Accusations include pressuring Waymond Anderson, along with the LA Attorney for the case & Knight, to retract his statements regarding the murder. He was even accused of smuggling in threatening ‘kites’ from Knight to give Anderson in jail. He eventually admitted to Carson what Berkow was doing & even played recordings of their conversations to Phil.
Phillips was eventually fired by the LA Times for using fake FBI documents in a story involving Tupac Shakur, Puffy Combs & Jimmy Henchman. The Times paid an out of court settlement to Henchman & issued a full retraction.
We have spent years trying to locate Chuck Phillips, who as of now has disappeared from public view.
MICHAEL ‘PSYCHO MIKE’ ROBINSON
Richard Valdemar calls Psycho Mike one of the best confidential informants in Los Angeles history. He claimed that Amir Muhammad had admitted to him that he had shot Biggie Smalls. Robinson, through his Black Guerilla Family affiliations & his brother’s work as a contract killer, had intimate knowledge of Muhammad that he provided to authorities. He attempted to get Muhammad on record while wearing a wire.
After his name appeared in an LA Times article by Chuck Phillips regarding Muhammad, numerous attempts were made on Robinson’s life & he died shortly after from a heart attack. He was only 49 years old.
EUGENE ‘BIG GENE’ DEAL
Puffy’s former bodyguard, Big Gene, positively identified Amir Muhammad as having approached Puffy’s car moments before Biggie was killed. He was also shown surveillance photos by LAPD. The photo was of Muhammad approaching Puffy’s SUV as Big Gene showed his firearm. Yet those photos mysteriously disappeared from LAPD files. Despite claims to the contrary, Deal has, without hesitation, stated that Amir Muhammad was the man who shot Biggie at Petersen Automotive Museum.
His version of events has remained exactly the same since he was first interviewed by law enforcement in 1997.
Big Gene was a guest during Season 1 of The Dossier & will most likely appear in Season 2.
DAMION ‘D-ROC’ BUTLER
One of Notorious BIG’s closest friends, Butler was also riding in the car with Biggie when he was murdered. During an interview with LAPD Robbery Homicide detectives, Butler identified David Mack as having been present & standing by the entrance at the Peterson Auto Museum when they were leaving.
On April 5th, 1998, Butler circled the photo of Mack after IDing him in a six pack & wrote “I’m sure this man was standing at the exit of the Petersen Auto Museum that night.”
JAMES ‘LIL CEASE’ LLOYD
The Junior Mafia rapper is in the SUV with Biggie when he is shot & killed. One of Big’s closest friends, he gives investigators a description & composite sketch that fits closely with Amir Muhammad. He also gives a description of the car that was driven by the killer, as well as the clothes that the shooter was wearing. His statements corroborate those of Eugene Deal.
In his interview with the FBI, Cease tells Phil Carson that he’s sure ‘police were involved.’
FORMER LAPD SENIOR LEAD OFFICER KEN KNOX
In 1996, after a series of incidents in & around Can Am Studios - Death Row Records’ recording studios - SLO Knox began a months long surveillance at Can Am. He began to notice a large number of LAPD officers, both in & out of uniform, hanging out at Death Row’s recording studios. When he took this information to his superiors, he was told to immediately drop the investigation & his case file on the subject was wiped clean.
Ken Knox, in a legal declaration, stated the following: “During my investigation of Death Row Records & the studio from late 1996 - early 1997, I observed LAPD officer Raphael Perez on at least 3 occasions at the studio dressed in baggy shirts, pants & tennis shoes. I further observed LAPD officer David Mack in the company of Raphael Perez on at least 3 occasions.”
FORMER LAPD INTERNAL AFFAIRS SGT. YA-MAY CHRISTLE
A former Sergeant with Internal Affairs, Miss Christle was awarded over $1 million by a jury after she sued her former employers, the LAPD, for (among other things) retaliation. Here’s an excerpt from a signed legal affidavit that she provided to the Wallace Estate -
“I have spent 17 and a half years in the Los Angeles Police Department. I was a Sergeant II until I complained about inappropriate conduct of Chief Berkow, including my computer being taken after I input discovery related to the lawsuit of Wallace vs. the City of Los Angeles.
The materials I was asked to summarize included information about the alleged involvement of LAPD officers, a Compton gang member & others in the murder of Mr. Wallace. After compiling this summary of information on the Wallace case, my computer was taken from me. I complained to the Inspector General of misconduct. My complaint included my suspicion that information regarding the Wallace murder had been purged from my computer.”
A long-time criminal defense attorney, Chaleff served as deputy counsel to the Webster Commission, which investigated the LAPD’s handling of the Rodney King riots. In 1997, he was appointed to the Police Commission and later was named President of the commission. Gerald Chaleff also played an instrumental role in negotiating the Department of Justice’s Consent Decree that provided federal monitoring of LAPD reforms.
Chaleff, one of the true power players in Los Angeles who quietly pulls the levers of power behind the scenes, is always called upon to write reports after the LAPD gets in hot water. He knows where all the bodies are buried - including the breadth & scope of the LAPD’s coverup of police involvement in Biggie’s murder.
His name appears everywhere inside the civil suit documents that are currently under federal seal.
In 2005 Eric Fairmon, an inmate at Chino Prison in California, contacted LAPD and City Attorney Don Vincent claiming to have key information regarding the homicide of Christopher Wallace. After sending a second letter to authorities, LAPD sent Detectives Tyndall and Grant to interview Fairmon.
He was found credible.
Fairmon told investigators about how he’d befriended Suge Knight while they were in prison together & Knight even wired him $500 upon his release to meet him in Los Angeles. Suge would eventually tell Fairmon how he’d used dirty LAPD police officers to commit Biggie’s murder and stated “They just missed Puffy Combs, the plan was to get both of them at the same time.”
The LAPD & City Attorney kept Fairmon’s identity and information hidden from Voletta Wallace and her lawyers for over 2 YEARS…