Kurt Cobain Murdered?
From Rock N' Roll Reporter
Angeles based Private Investigator Tom Grant was originally hired
by Courtney Love to investigate the disappearance of her husband,
Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain. Cobain had checked out of a Los Angeles
substance abuse treatment center and had not been heard from.
It was not long after when the father of Grunge rock was found dead
of an apparent suicide- or was it? Tom Grant doesn t think so. Although
no evidence has yet come to light implicating anyone as the murderer,
Grant believes inconsistancies in the investigation done by the
Seattle Police Department warrant the re-opening of the case. He
goes even futher, offering the suggestion that Courtney Love is
somehow involved in a conspiracy to keep the truth from the public.
In fact, according to Grant, Courtney Love may have actively participated
in the murder of her husband.
Kurt Cobain had come to the conclusion that the record business
was swallowing him up. He no longer felt joy at the prospect of
playing his music- at least at a professional level. He wanted out
but he knew it would not be easy. For starters, he was one third
of a band that had the potential to make millions upon millions
of dollars for those whose livlihood depends on commercial success
in music. He was offered- and was prepared to turn down- the headliner
slot at Lollpalooza. That one tour was reportedly worth $9.2 million
to Nirvana. That s a lot of money and it is no secret that Courtney
Love wanted Kurt to take the deal, telling him she would be damned
if she was going to let him miss out on that kind of money. After
all, he had Frances Bean, his new daughter, to think about.
And therein was the crux of the matter. Kurt Cobain was no more
ready for parenthood than he was for sudden stardom and he knew
it. He was also no longer interested in staying with Courtney. Evidence
suggests both he and Courtney had sought the advice of an Attorney
in the matter of divorce, suggesting a further motive for Courtney
Love; she had signed a pre-nuptiual agreement. A divorce would probably
mean a long court fight and a smaller return on her investment.
A suicide on the other hand, before any divorce preceedings could
take place, would leave her in control of everything. And it would
have to occur before the public got wind of a potential split. Of
all those who profited from the career of Kurt Cobain, Courtney
Love is the one who had the most to gain from his death. Not only
would his death leave her in control of his finances, it would generate
a great deal of press for her at a time when her band was about
to release a new CD. That may seem cold but murder is the coldest
act of all. After all, the record companies, management, etc., would
make far more money off a living Cobain in the long run. Several
people who know Courtney Love personally have said they believe
she is capable of such an act.
Was Kurt Cobain suicidal? Although he was certainly burnt out on
the music business, and not too happy about his personal life, there
is no real evidence to suggest he was ever contemplating killing
himself. Remember the overdose incident in Rome? It was only after
Cobain s death that it was referred to as a suicide attempt. An
idea promoted by Love, even though the doctor in Rome who treated
Cobain said he saw nothing to suggest Cobain was suicidal. Dr. Galleta
said, The last image I have of him, which in light of the tragedy
now seems pathetic, is of a young man playing with the little girl.
He did not seem like a young man who wanted to end it all. Of course
there is the note.
We have reprinted the text of the note found at the scene so you
can decide for yourself if it sounds like it was written by someone
who was about to kill themselves. Read it for what it is, not what
you ve been told to think it is.
One must remember that Cobain was a heroin addict so his state of
mind was questionable but think about it: heroin addicts never commit
suicide- especially rich ones who can afford their habit. They prefer
the slow death of addiction and are always thinking of their next
Besides, death would interfere with getting high. They are very
selfish when it comes to drugs. If a heroin addict dies, it is usually
from an overdose. And wouldn t that have been just as easy? A mega-blast
from the old hypo and then the big sleep.
Evidence suggests Cobain was actually planning to go East and stay
with some friends- a sort of cooling off period. He knew the media
would go wild when he announced his early retirement. Do suicidal
people plan vacations?
About The Gun?
Cobain had bought the shotgun found at the scene prior to checking
in to the rehab center. He told his best friend he wanted to have
some protection at home. Certainly a celebrity of his status had
sercurity concerns but the strange part is how the story leaked
that he bought the shotgun after leaving the rehab center, lending
creedence to the suicide story. Someone who is heading off to rehab
is far from suicidal. They are in fact attempting to reclaim their
life when they enter rehab. Perhaps Kurt was depressed at having
left rehab without a successful conclusion but there is no reference
to his drug habit in the note so one must conclude that it didn
t bother him, at least not enough to kill himself over it. Besides,
he bought the gun before going into rehab- was he planning to fail,
go home and kill himself? An elaborate bit of planning for a guy
who Courtney Love once described as being unable to hail a cab by
himself. Something else that is strange about the gun: There were
no legible fingerprints! The Fingerprint Analysis Report for the
shotgun reads: The above item was processed for prints on 05/06/94
by Sr. ID Technician T. Geranimo, #4466. Four cards of latent prints
were lifted. The four cards of lifted latent prints contain no legible
prints. How could someone, in this case Cobain, handle a gun on
more than one occassion without leaving any fingerprints at all?
Again, inconsistancies abound in police reports. The report says
the door to the greenhouse room (above a garage) where Cobain s
body was found was locked from the inside, but the report did not
mention that the lock was a simple push/twist type lock that could
easily have been locked and closed by someone leaving the room.
Original reports, later proved incorrect, had a small stool wedged
against the door.
The stool was in fact sitting on the other side of the room, nowhere
near the locked entry. When Grant requested photos of the scene,
he was told by S.P.D. that there were none. He was told that the
only film of the scene would probably never be developed. It was
later discovered that there were in fact 23 polaroids taken besides
the undeveloped film that the police could have shown Grant. Although
police and P.I.s seldom get along well, it seems like the police
would want to affirm their conclusions and end any controversy.
Although there are several other points of contention between Grant
and police, these above mentioned points were the ones that I found
to be of the most interest. I did not want this article to get bogged
down with too much information but there are a couple of other points
to be raised, the first being the seeming addition of a line to
the note. Handwriting analysts seem to be divided as to whether
or not the last line of the note - which will be so much happier
without me - was written by someone other than Cobain. If it was
added by someone else, that would certainly be conclusive in proving
there was foul play as the line definitely added weight to the suicide
note theory. People will decide for themselves whether or not it
fits in with the feel of the rest of the note. Even if Cobain did
write the line, it may have simply meant that he felt that he was
not a good influence on his child- who he obviously loved and was
concerned for. Certainly killing himself would not be a real good
influence on his daughter.
The Seattle Police Department spokesperson basically told me that
they would re-open the case if any evidence came to light that warranted
it but that to date, no such evidence exists. They would not go
I spoke with Dr. Hartshaun, the Medical Examiner who investigated
the scene. He stated with great certainty that, everything about
the scene was completely consistent with a suicide. And he went
on to say that although he supports Tom Grant s right to continue
investigating the matter, he feels that Mr. Grant is waiting his
time, and is perhaps motivated by potential personal gain, a point
that others have raised and a question I felt I must ask Mr. Grant.
This is what he has to say; "Yes, there have been several financial
opportunities, all of which I ve turned down in order to keep my
credibility intact. If, in fact, my profile has been raised here,
it certainly has not affected other areas of my business. Believe
it or not, I haven t gotten one single case from anyone who was
aware of my involvement in the Cobain investigation. You may have
noticed I don t advertise my business on the Internet and I don
t do anything to promote my business on the Cobain Investigation
The fact is, there have been very few paying cases lately. I m struggling
just to keep the phones connected. I m very busy with projects I
m working on in relation to the Cobain case, but there s not much
cash flow right now. Financial hardship was anticipated from the
I ve always been a horrible businessman because I m not a money-oriented
person. I m used to financial struggles. I ll deal with it. It won
t effect the outcome of the work I m doing. I m far from perfect,
but I ve tried to maintain some integrity here so that what I have
to say will be taken seriously. I can t help but be amused when
skeptics accuse ME of profiting from Cobain s death, while the person
who exploits and profits the most, literally making millions off
the murder of her husband, is simply accepted as a victim by a somewhat
After an intitial outburst from Courtney Love (including taking
out full page ads in several newspapers threatening to sue anyone
who wrote about this investigation), she and her lawyers have been
silent. Grant says he believes her silence is due to her reluctance
to appear on a witness stand. Of course, it is just as conceivable
that Love is innocent of any wrongdoing and is simply not concerned
about Grant s accusations, preferring to let him say whatever he
likes. (Remember, Love was in Los Angeles when Cobain died and beyond
rumors and the words of questionable sources, there is absolutely
no hard evidence to link Love to the death.) And to be fair to Love,
if she did have nothing to do with this death, it is unfair to not
allow her grief to be silent.
That said, there are some very obvious inconsistencies in the facts
of this case that perhaps merit the re-opening of the case.
Perhaps we re all just contributing to Oliver Stone s next movie...