Tupac Shakur, the New York rapper who was murdered in 1996, is the focus of a new police investigation after a convicted felon claimed to have shot and robbed the slain musician two years before his death. Tupac's murder has remained unsolved for 15 years, but police believe the latest claims could help with their enquiries, according to the Associated Press
Police spokesman Paul Browne said on Wednesday if authorities determine the claims posted online are legitimate, they will seek to interview the prisoner. The claim was posted on the website AllHipHop.com, with the felon admitting to the non-fatal 1994 shooting of Tupac, claiming he was paid $2,500 to rob the rapper at Manhattan's Quad studio. Dexter Isaac, currently serving a life sentence on unrelated charges, said he was hired by the hip-hop manager Jimmy 'Henchman' Rosemond to ambush Shakur, which eventually led to three years of reprisals that left Tupac dead. Isaac told the website, "Jimmy, I say to you: I have kept your secrets for years. I have stayed silent in prison for the past 13 years, doing a life sentence like a real soldier should", adding, "In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at the Quad studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewellery I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself". Isaac and Rosemond have long been linked to the Tupac robbery, with the latter now allegedly on the run amid federal drug charges.
Despite the confession, Isaac did not admit to the September 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur and also refused to comment on the murder of Notorious BIG in 1997. Tupac would have celebrated his 40th birthday today (16th June 2011).