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Resource ID: #13957
Subject: Crime
Source: ABC News Primetime Live
Date: 1996-11-06



In the wake of the unsolved murder of gangster rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas last fall, ABC news began to investigate the background of the man driving the car in which Shakur was murdered. The driver, record executive Marion "Suge" Knight, was feared by many in the music industry because of his reputation for violence and persistent rumors surrounding his rise to power. An extensive investigation of court records revealed that Knight was a three-time convicted felon who had not only managed to stay out of jail, but within the space of a few short years, rose from music industry bodyguard to head what has become the most profitable record label in the country. ABC's investigation of Knight's unprecedented rise to power uncovered how he used violence and intimidation to build his company, Death Row Records, into a billion dollar business. (November 6, 1996)

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