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Published: 2014/03/20

Update: Seattle Police Deny Kurt Cobain Investigation Re-Opened

As the twenty year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s apparent suicide approaches, the King County Sheriff’s Office announced today they will re-open the case for further examination. KIRO 7 in Seattle is reporting that police developed four rolls of film last month that had been sitting in the evidence vault for years.

The photos show the original crime scene as investigators found it on April 8, 1994. While the investigation is not yet complete, the photos will not be released. Police told KIRO 7 that the photos more clearly show the scene of Cobain’s death than earlier photos taken by investigators. KIRO has reportedly obtained one of these photographs and will show it on television tonight.

Originally, Cobain was found in his Lake Washington Boulevard home with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gun wound to the head. The Nirvana guitarist reportedly also penned a suicide note, where he wrote “I love you” to several people according to Gary Smith, the Veca Electric employee who found Cobain initially.


Seattle Police have denied reports that they are reopening the the case surrounding Kurt Cobain’s death. Detective Renee Witt, a police spokesman, told the Washington Post earlier this afternoon, “No, we have not reopened the Kurt Cobain case…No change, no developments, no new leads.”

The Washington Post also noted that the confusion arose because a cold case detective was examining files related to the case in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death. It was during this examination that he discovered four rolls of undeveloped film, which provided higher quality versions of photos that were already available


There are 24 comments associated with this post

Voracious Velociraptor March 20, 2014, 14:38:21

Does this have to do with that bullshit story about the Mentors singer hiring someone to kill Cobain?

bogmonkey March 20, 2014, 15:03:23

This is not happening. They are developing some old film, not opening the investigation.

Doug Green March 20, 2014, 15:06:36

A question I always had about this case, if he apparently shot himself in the head with a shot gun, how did he pull the trigger? Many people say, in order to do so, one would have to pull the trigger with their toe. Publicly released photos have shown Kurt on the floor with his Converse “Chuck Taylor’s” on. Those shoes are really the focal point in the previously released pics. So, I ask, how could he pull the trigger on a shot gun with his toe, if he was wearing shoes? The other point that has always been brought up, is the fact that he had so much heroin in his system at the time of death. People claim that one could not function well enough to do what he did. I am a firm believer in Kurt’s death not being a suicide, but, I have known many heroin users and far gone addicts. It is true that an addict of many years will have a much higher tolerance than the average non-user. Also take into account that with more money available, so will be better quality drugs. In this case, Kurt had enough money for the last 3 years of his life to afford the best dope he could find. Therefore, his tolerance would be even higher than that of the average “low to middle class” addict. I do hope they find the truth in this case and if they do find involvement from Courtney or anyone else in the entertainment industry, I hope they aren’t too scared to prosecute them.

A March 20, 2014, 15:08:58

I really hope they find something new…I never knew the man but I still have a hard time believing that he took his own life.

MarZaPhiGar March 20, 2014, 15:09:16

Sickie Wifebeater rooooolz…as does rape-rock in general.

Bob March 20, 2014, 15:19:07

I heard a rumor that he had been listening to Phish before he killed himself.
It sounds like a good reason to me.

AGratefulPhish March 20, 2014, 15:23:58

Well “El Duce”, Eldon Hokes, of The Mentors was “supposidly” offered like 100k to “whack Kurt”, as per that Doc ‘Kurt & Courtney’ a few years back. The irony being “El Duce” was KILLED not a Week after being interviewed & “Filmed” for that Documentary! And Courtney, who acted briefly in 80s before Music became her ‘Career-Path’, would go-on to ACT, like immediately following Kurts Death. The Entire “Reading Of The Note”, Script & All – should’ve won an Award. They were Married-Junkies – Where Nobody BUT an Addict can find that comfort & solace w/anyone but another Addict. Receipe for Disaster: Except for Frances-Bean! -HOW & WHY HE WOULD LEAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, IN THE HANDS OF A JUNKIE MOTHERthat Raises Questions Even her Dad, Hank Harrison – former Grateful Dead manger, early Dead – ’67-‘70 (5 yr old Courtney is even on the Back Cover of The Dead’s ’69 album “Aoxomoxoa” – the Album w/St. Stephen, haha) – Sorry, so even her Old Man said in that DOC that He “Absolutely Believes” Courtney Played a Role in Kurt’s Death. ...Follow The Paper-Trail – - He Leaves Rehab, not by simply “walking out”, but by Hopping The Fence – showing his rebellian, or actually thinking he was “Trapped”, ya know – really under Lockdown & I’m Gonna Escape! That Was Kurt: Anything For a Thrill. That would be a day or two before his “Suicide”. * My Facts arent 100% on dates just going by memory from that “Kurt & Courtney” DOC – bc that is a Wonderful Piece. I Mean this guy Filmed the “El Duce” guy from
The Mentors, who’d been playin Seattle since ’76 – and within a WEEK he ends up “Dead, on some Train Tracks”, Neal Cassady Style! Hope this piece was a nice addition & hopefully provided some out there with some new info & Nuggets into Kurts Death – bc not 2-months before, in Feb ’94, my Uncle committed Suicide – THE EXACT SAME WAY – he got out of Jail/Rehab, walked 5-6 Miles to The Andersons Store, bought a 12-Gauge, shot up a buncha dope, and my Father was not 5-10 miles out, en route to his Youngest Brothers Home; had to break down the door – His Brains in 3-Different Rooms of his Apt… uncle built Harley’s & installed Alarms; Ironic that an Alarm Installer found Kurt… ..Light The Song With Sense & Color!
“Z” from Toledo

Clive Bigsby March 20, 2014, 16:25:17

You are an idiot Bob.

Vincent Lupiano March 20, 2014, 17:10:11

Everyone just watch Kurt and Courtney..Also read the evidence..

Dic0713 March 20, 2014, 17:34:08

Just so SOMEONE gets some closure on this epic

Marchitect March 20, 2014, 17:35:07

You are not an idiot Clive.

Oldmanpoop March 20, 2014, 22:10:42

Oh no! Someone made fun of phish!!!! Noooooooo!!!!! Superduperphans unite! Get over yourselves and the band. Good god. It’s not like they’re Segar or something. You know, good music?

Phunkytube March 20, 2014, 17:57:41

Your not a idiot either Marchitect. You or Clive. High 555’s all around.

jean March 20, 2014, 18:22:43

Not idiots, Wookies

me March 20, 2014, 18:40:59

@BOB... while i realize you are just a douchebag, your comment is likely wrong given that about a year earlier Phish had mockingly riffed on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which, at the time, was widely interpreted as a dis directed at Nirvana… if Kurt even gave a rat’s ass, he likely hated Phish…
On another very obscure note, I remember coming out of a little gymnasium at Penn State that night (my g/f, now wife’s birthday) and walking back to our cool hotel room on the Penn State campus and turning on MTV (yes, MTV... people used to actually watch it because there was music on it) and hearing the news that they had found Kurt’s body… next night Phish was in Binghamton and the following night they were in a gym at Buffalo State when Trey came out with a cast on his foot that had not been there the night before… 3 great nights of great music… meanwhile Bob was wetting his diaper…

Shingaling March 20, 2014, 20:09:43

Bob is really Dave the Slave. Calling him a douche bag is being kind.

Mittens March 20, 2014, 23:52:36

I too believe that Phish is the cause of Kurt’s death. I’ve nearly offed myself on several occasions after listening to just part of one Phish “song”. Imagine what a whole album could do to a person.

Too funny March 21, 2014, 00:07:25

Hahaha bob…you are too funny my man. I agree completely

You March 21, 2014, 04:22:43

me- You left out the part about being alone with Sandusky that night before you went to see phrish. Jerry’s dead. Phish sucks. Get a life.

Snidley March 21, 2014, 11:55:23

Phish may suck as you folks say but 20 years after Cobain blew his brains out Phish are still intact and still laughing all the way to the bank.

me March 21, 2014, 14:32:55

@YOU... Oh, man dude… first, you kill it with the pedophile humor (I’m sure I can guess why)... second, I was a Sabbath and SRV fan during the Grateful Dead years and lastly I have no doubt that in the pathetic negative world you live in that Phish sucks there… what with all the positive vibes and kindness that they spread along this magical ride we call life! Please, continue with your hate filled comments, it’s good to know you are able to find happiness of some form in your sad life…

I'm a deadhead but.. March 21, 2014, 20:44:37

I grew up right by Kurt & Courtney’s lakeside home. All my friends thought Kurt was a God. Me- well like I said, I’m a Deadhead. Anyhow, rumor had it, Kurt played Phish so loud one could hear it from the driveway where weed all sit and stare… I only ever tried to enjoy Phish back then because Kurt supposedly DID like them.
Back to the subject at hand, check out the total face makeover on Courtney these days. Completely unrecognizable. Talk about guilt.

BigDudeInTheDoorway March 25, 2014, 23:39:13

I heard Kurt was in the Wombar suit with the ill dance moves. I loved nirvana and just started listening to Junta at that time.

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