I just finished Greg Kading's book, "Murder Rap" and I have to say it was an immense pleasure to read. After the foundation for the story; the facts, and the cold state that each of the cases are in when the investigations are re opened are presented, I flew through it.. The reader is given a clear perspective of how Greg and his task force team approached the cases from the very beginning.
I also would like to say to Greg, I am truly inspired by your story and your accounts of the events of the investigations and your efforts to maintain integrity as a Law Enforcement officer and as a human being. Much respect for all your work and your decision to share all of the information with the public in an accessible form. Although the work feels incomplete, and as you write in the book, this is no fault of your own. It is in fact the investigations which are incomplete, which leaves the reader desiring the many resolutions not just concerning the cases of the officially "unsolved" murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, but also concerning the multiple plans and strategies your task force had devised but not been able to bring to completion due primarily to your removal and re assignment. This leaves so many things up in the air and as you concluded, almost completely sabotaging a due resolution.
My first impression is somewhere in line with some of your concluding statements. The IA report on your complaint was a bogus technicality but is that enough for the Torres Defense Team to make the case about you instead of Torres? I mean is it even enough to curb perception that much that it would have a favorable outcome for Torres? A reader of your book, such as myself, wonders about the timing of these events just as I am sure you have wondered about their timing. You explained everything in the book, and I remember it, but at the same time, to get back to my first impression. I wonder a lot like you wrote at the end, as if there were some design which rhymed with Russell Poole's theories about a police conspiracy in some bizarre way.
To be perfectly honest, from an average citizen's point of view, and based on everything you have revealed in your book, the following facts stand as follows in a logical sequence as I see them:
Is it logical based on these sequence of events to conclude that the primary intention of the LAPD to vigorously re open the Cases was not to solve them, but to be exonerate themselves from the accusations and the lawsuit they were charged with? Based on reading your book, one gets this feeling. In fact, it is more than just a feeling, it actually feels like the truth.
Which leads to the next question: Why? What are they afraid of? Who are they trying to protect? What do they have to lose?
Just as your investigation took you down so many unlikely dark roads and untrodden paths, is it possible there are many more paths and possibilities that are not known, many of which could be just as unlikely and strange as the ones already discovered? Could there be more strange and mind blowing pieces of information and links which have yet to be uncovered? I get the impression there are.
Are there specifics you can provide in following up to the Duane Keith and Zip Martin connection? Did the task force pursue the connection with Martin as you had planned? Also, what exactly happened to Keith in terms of his charges and the help he provided? Is he in prison for life or did his cooperation help him in any way? Also, were there any repercussions to Keith working with the LAPD and the Feds as an informant? On a street level?
If you ask me, his story still seems somewhat fictitious! Although I do believe the part about Puffy and his admission that other Crip gang members would be able to verify Puffy saying he wanted both Suge and Tupac's heads, I hesitate to believe the shooting of Tupac by Orlando Anderson. Why? Because not only had Keefe D lied before, but it seems his relations with Puffy and the revelation of Puffy placing a contract on Tupac and Suge would be revelatory enough! And since his nephew had died, it seems logical to place the deed on Orlando, since this would round out his story and logically fit the conventionally accepted narrative of Orlando being beat down and getting revenge on Tupac.
As for the Biggie case, the Theresa Swann (Her real name is concealed correct?) strategy seemed it would have worked to get information from Suge, and it is unfortunate that it was not handled properly after you left the investigation. I still feel that there is something or someone protecting Suge. Maybe its the fear he has wielded and has so successfully integrated into his reputation, or maybe its something else!
There are many other things I would like to discuss regarding your book and the investigations but for the moment I thought I would show my appreciation of your book by offering my thoughts and my questions. All in all, I find the work to be a wise and redemptive move on your part, Greg and thank you for writing it. Everything is there for us to get a glimmer of the truth and I hope before any witnesses or key players either disappear or die, that resolution is brought to the cases.