Greg Kading

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Greg Kading
Born (1963-05-01) May 1, 1963 (age 57)
Police career
CountryUnited States
DepartmentLos Angeles Police Department
Service years1986 - 2010
RankSworn in as Officer, 1986
Other workNon-fiction author
Private investigator

Greg Kading (born May 1, 1963) is an American author and former Los Angeles Police Department detective best known for working on a multi law-enforcement task force that investigated the murders of rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls in the mid-2000s.


Kading graduated from Capistrano Valley High School in 1981. He attended Cal State Long Beach and Calvary Bible College.


Kading was an Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy, where he worked in the jail, from January 1986 to September 1988. He then joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1988.

He was removed from the joint task force when he became the subject of an internal affairs investigation. No one was assigned to lead the task force as his replacement, and it was eventually disbanded. He was later cleared of wrongdoing, and returned to the Robbery-Homicide Division.

He retired from the department, where he worked in the robbery-homicide division, after 22 years of service in June 2010.[1] The following year, Kading released his book.[2] A full-length documentary adapted from his book began shooting in 2013.[3]

He works as a private investigator in Southern California.


In September 2011, he self-published the book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations. In it, he included new evidence in the rappers' murders that he said implicated entertainment mogul Sean Combs and CEO of Death Row Records, Suge Knight.[4] The release prompted what called "a new round of explosive media coverage about the unsolved killings."[5]

Combs responded to the allegation by telling Los Angeles local reporters in emails that "this story is pure fiction and completely ridiculous."[5] Knight has not addressed the claim.[2] Lil' Cease, a rapper and childhood friend of Smalls, told radio host Sway Calloway on the "Sway In The Morning" show that he didn't believe Combs had ordered Shakur's shooting as Kading alleged in his book.[6]

The book also details what Kading described as the behind-the-scenes failure by the LAPD to arrest Shakur's and Smalls' killers. The families of Shakur and Smalls have not responded to the allegations.[7]