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The Killing of Tupac Shakur Paperback – September 1, 1997

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A must have for fans. -- The TCC Connection

An autopsy photo should end all speculation as to whether the late rapper might still be alive. -- Kurt Loder, MTV-News

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In this expanded 2nd edition, Cathy Scott's raw, no-holds-barred account discloses new information, including exclusive photo evidence, about the unsolved murder of Tupac: the failed investigation, the rap wars, the killing of Biggie Smalls, the Bloods-Crips connection, and the many possible motives leading to the murder that rocked the mafia of the hip hop world. No one symbolised the violence at the heart of gangsta rap more than Tupac, and he ultimately fell victim to that violence, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 092971217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712178
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,253,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Scott is a tour de force in true crime as a Los Angeles Times bestselling author and an award-winning investigative journalist. She attracted international acclaim for her classic true-crime biographies, THE KILLING OF TUPAC SHAKUR and THE MURDER OF BIGGIE SMALLS. Ann Rule has described Scott as "a star writer in the crowded field of true crime."

Cathy Scott's seventh book, THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE, was released March 27, 2012. by St. Martin's Press about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan on an Upper East Side Manhattan street in broad daylight. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and Barbara Kogan, George's estranged wife, admitted to hiring a hit man to have her husband gunned down.

Her eighth book - the re-release and update of MURDER OF A MAFIA DAUGHTER - was published in March 2014 about the unsolved murder of writer Susan Berman at the hands of accused killer Robert Durst. The book includes exclusive information from investigators and new information about the prime suspect. It was named Best True Crime Book (2nd place) by ForeWord Reviews.

A memoir of a former drug kingpin, FREEWAY RICK ROSS: THE UNTOLD AUTOBIOGRAPHY, which Cathy co-wrote with Ross, was released in June 2014 to a standing-room audience at its Los Angeles launch and was a finalist in ForeWord Reviews' Best True Crime Books of 2014.

Her latest book, UNCONDITIONAL HONOR: WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR DOGS, released in March 2015, is about the amazing relationships between wounded veterans and their service dogs and the organizations the provide the dogs at no cost.

Her latest fact-based true crime proposed book is about two teenage girls murdered six years apart on Torrey Pines Beach State Beach in southern California, murdered under eerily similar circumstances. Fifteen-year-old Barbara Nantais was strangled and her body partially mutilated in 1978, and 14-year-old Claire Hough in 1984. Police and the FBI for two decades said the murders were most probably committed by the same killer. But after DNA turned up matching blood and semen samples for Claire Hough's murder, police in October 2014 announced they'd solved the Hough murder and pointed to two men as the assailants, former police employee Kevin Brown and a sometimes homeless Nebraska man named Ronald Tatro, both of whom had since died. But an initial suspect in the case who, because of personnel changes at the police department, was never pursued. Meanwhile, the Barbara Nantais case remains open. Scott pursues the evidence and interviews police, neighbors, friends and family and profiles all three suspects.

A second project is the Dawn Viens case. Dawn, 37, disappeared on Oct. 18, 2010, after leaving Thyme Contemporary Cafe, in Lomita, California, that she and her husband ran. David Viens told police that he and his wife had argued. She didn't take her cell phone or stash of cash, and her car was later towed as evidence when she did not return. The husband, after throwing himself off a cliff -- and surviving -- admitted to killing his wife but has not told police where Dawn's body is.

You can find out more about this author by visiting her Web site at cathyscott dot com and her "Crime She Writes" blog for PsychologyToday dot com.

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IF you listen to rap-hiphop music then this book is the one for you. Tupac starts his life as a little church boy, and ends up to be the most valuable rapper, one of americas biggest thugs, and the deadly target to the gang "Crips" of Las Vegas. Cathy Scott seems to be a great author. She is a Detective/publisher for the Las Vegas Police Department, and dealed with Tupacs death on the night of Sept. 6, 1996. The way that Scott expresses actions and scenes in this story makes the reader feel like he/she is right their that moment. Some scenes such as ones during his shooting seem rather gory, but fulfill the crime scene and really show what was going on. The description and the selection of words realy helps the reader to comprehend the dialogue, and police reports from the killing. Tupac's thug life was expressed with great dignity. He may have been one of the world richest, and most valuable rappers of all time, but Cathy goes to show clues that lead up as to why he may have been killed. Was it the way he expressed the lyrics and terms in his song, such as "Thug Immortal," or "Take Money," as he reffered to rapper Biggie Smalls in one of his songs that he produced, just before he died. When I read this book, I was set in a variety of different moods. I am a great fan of Tupac, and still was up until his death. I can relate, and see as to why he may have been killed. His lyrics and his actions were on the cocky side, such as "no niggah can drop me,". If you do not like to read about gansters, or hardcore rappers, then this wouldnt be the book for you. This book goes through tupacs young years, to his early ghetto years,to his first recording years, to his hits, and up until the night of his death.Read more ›
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I got this book to get the "whole story" on Tupac's death, because there was always bits of info and I never knew what the actual facts were. This book was really informative, it represented the facts and covered everything from the night of his death, motives for it, and it also discussed whether he's dead or alive. I love Tupac and although parts of the book were sad it brought all the circumstances around his death together, which was a real plus. I definately recommend this book for all Tupac fans!
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What really stands out about this book is the research. It's painstaking. The attention to detail is extraordinary. Most authors blow off this kind of detail, but Ms. Scott's extra effort helped me feel like I was there, riding in Tupac's car, or with police detectives. I'm more of a fan of crime stories and detective work than of rap music, but the story she tells about Tupac's life and background really makes me relate to and like the guy. Still, it is the exhaustive research and details of the investigation that made me unable to put this book down. Even if you know nothing of rap or Tupac, like me, this is a fascinating read.
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2PAC...was,is,and will be forever in our hearts.
I really don't know what to believe:is he death or not...because here,in romania a lot of magazines keep saying that he is not death...why?Just becaue they wanna be close to him,or what?
suspicious events:13th is a day which usually doesn't bring us good news.Interesting is that there weren't any pictures with PAC bleeding.In his song "Life Goes On"he is talking about his own death . The driver of the car,SUGE KNIGHT hasn't been present at the inquiry of the event."i'm not paid to solve murders"said him
The white cadillac in which where the assasins,just after the murder ,passed near PAC's car,but nobody tdyed to stop theme.
His video,"I Ain't Mad At Cha"was released rigt after the shoots.
in that video,2pac was an angel in Heaven...and there are a lot of theories like these...anyway,his lucky number seems to be 7...
Even if they say yhat he isn't death,I think that we should respect him,even in his death!
Keep ya head up and folllow your dreams!
Peace,love and respect for this ANGEL!
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With so much controversy about his death, I decided to get the facts from this shocking, yet very informative book from acclaimed journalist Cathy Scott.
While also telling you about the man himself, Scott reveals the many flaws in the investigation of the shooting that took place on the night of September 7th, 1996 - the scene of the crime not being secured quick enough, the fatal release of key witness Yafeu Fula, Suge Knight's attorney playing hard to get with Les Vegas Police and the confusion of other witnesses Frank Alexander and Malcolm Greenridge - which makes you wonder just how much effort did police put into this case?
Not just providing the facts, Scott also presents the many possible motives and turns heads to several known suspects. An interesting read, showing you not only a violent, but tragic story about a young man who lived hard and fast all the way to the end. With information on Tupac's background and other events related to him and his murder, you get to know about the man as well as the musician, with additional comments made by various writers - Kevin Powell, Michael Eric Dyson - and those who knew him well - Jasmine Guy, Suge Knight, a moving letter from his Godfather and a final comment from his mother, Afeni Shakur. The book even uncovers the rapper's mystique - his obsession with death, the alive theories and many other strange coincidences.
'The Killing Of Tupac Shakur' is a revelation that will both shock and fascinate you in more ways then one. A must have for Tupac fans.
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