Tupac Shakur would have been 40 years old today, had he survived the mysterious events that unfolded on September 7, 1996. All that's really known about that night is that at around 11:15 p.m., someone or someones in a white Cadillac fatally wounded Shakur with a hail of bullets. The killer has never been found.
His death has sparked a seemingly endless number of conspiracy theories over the years, thanks in no small part to the mostly bungled police investigation. Fans have given him somewhat of an Elvis-esque legacy, including the belief among some that he's still alive.
Now that prison inmate Dexter Isaac has stepped forward to confess that he was the man who pulled the trigger in a shooting incident involving Shakur two years prior to his murder, the stirred-up controversies and questions just seem to prove that as long as there are fans, no crime against Shakur is ever truly going to be resolved.
Isaac claims that he was paid $2,500 by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to take out Shakur back in 1994. Police are checking out his story, but it sounds to me like the confession will be nearly impossible to prove. Even if it turns out to be true, it's hardly a shock that Rosemond might have had something to do with it—Shakur himself called Rosemond out in the song "Against All Odds."
As for Dexter Isaac, he's currently serving a life sentence for murder, and I can imagine how someone in his position might think such a confession might somehow buy him the opportunity to reduce his sentence. Alternately, maybe he just wants some attention, instead of rotting away the last days before his death as an invisible man.
The thing is, there's nothing that can really come of this news, unless, say, Rosemond takes this opportunity to emerge from his fugitive status and dramatically announces that he was the white Cadillac shooter after all, and guess what, he still has the gun to prove it. K THX SEND ME 2 JAIL NAO!
Doesn't seem too likely, does it?
Really, the only interesting thing about Isaac's confession is the way it shows how much attention Tupac Shakur still draws. He was a powerful member of the rap community back in his heyday, and it seems like the years since his death have only pushed him to an even greater level of fame. I'm sure he would prefer to be alive, but I wonder what he'd say if he could know that on his 40th birthday, people would still be talking about his life and legend.
What do you think about this Dexter Isaac confession? Do you think it has anything to do with Tupac's actual murder?
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