Saturday, February 20, 2016

Letter to Afeni Shakur from Michael Douglas Carlin

Ms. Shakur,

I was the writer of Tupac:187 with RJ Bond and Russell Poole. Since writing that book many clues poured in from Tupac fans. Russell and I were able to put together a picture of what happened to your son. Russell Poole was never satisfied with the investigation that was done in the aftermath of the murders of both Tupac and Biggie and he continued to pursue clues. He struck out in getting cooperation from LAPD, and LVMPD. He finally turned toward the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s. He died mysteriously in a meeting with investigators talking about your son’s murder. The fact is that no law enforcement agency is interested in solving the crime.

Russell always wanted to bring closure to you and Mrs. Wallace by bringing the killers to justice. Respected journalist Chris Blatchford gave us a confession letter that put the entire puzzle together. The investigation died with Russell but he would have wanted you to have this information that he and I compiled. Russell spent his own money chasing down clues and never put a penny in his pocket simply wanting the truth about the murders to emerge. He died knowing that he solved the murders.

I was simply the writer. I have enclosed some of my other work so that you can see that we share common values. ‘A Prescription for Peace’ is my answer for how to fix many of the injustices in the world. Other books move the discussion forward with ‘Peaceful Protests’ and ‘Rise a Knight,’ that provide a roadmap to create guardians for the planet and the inhabitants so every single person is treated equally under the law and all have the tools to achieve the American Dream.

I spent the last two years working with Russell Poole who I consider to be an American Hero along with your son. They both saw wrongs they tried to right and their lives were both cut short standing up for their beliefs.

I hope the contents of this package are not simply dredging up old wounds and that you receive this information in the spirit it was intended. Russell kept a copy of the Homicide Investigators Creed on his desk. It read: “No greater honor will ever be bestowed on an officer, or a more profound duty imposed on him, than when he is entrusted with the investigation of the death of another human being. It is his duty to find the facts regardless of color or creed, without prejudice, and to let no power on earth deter him from presenting these facts to the court without regard to personality.”

Russell was steadfast to this creed and tried to fully investigate the murders. When it led back to LAPD Officers he was told to cease investigating. When he refused he was pushed out of his department six months before he completed his 20th year and vested fully in the pension plan. This caused severe hardship on his family but he remained true to his pursuit of information that would lead to arrests and convictions to let no power on earth deter him.

Though your son only lived 25 years he has impacted so many lives and carved a swath that will never be duplicated. You have my deepest sympathies for your profound loss.

Michael Carlin
Writer – Tupac:187 and Chaos Merchants
© 2016 Michael Douglas Carlin. All Rights Reserved.
No reprints or reposting unless agreed to in writing.

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