SEATTLE – Reports out of Seattle suggest the worldwide movement to reopen the 1994 Kurt Cobain death investigation is finally paying off. Either new evidence has come to light, or the Seattle Police Department wants to quell all rumors and conspiracy theories surrounding Cobain’s death and put a lid on the 21-year-old case for good.
Anonymous sources within the department are saying an announcement on the case is forthcoming and likely to include new details recently discovered that warrant a re-examination of the evidence file. This will mark the first significant move on behalf of the SPD to take investigatory action into a case riddled with what some say lazy police work, a total lack of follow up on possible motives/leads, and a rush to judgement in concluding Cobain’s death was an open and shut case of suicide.
Interest in the case has swelled over the past year due to several new documentaries on Cobain, including Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and the docudrama Soaked in Bleach, the latter seen through the perspective of Tom Grant, the private detective hired by Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife, to find him shortly before he was found dead by an electrician of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at the couple’s Seattle home.
The film provides a look at inconsistencies in the official record and interviews many people involved with the original investigation, including former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and former president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Cyril Wecht. Soaked in Bleach revives the highly controversial claim that Cobain’s death may have in fact been a homicide and covers similar ground to filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s 1999 documentary Kurt & Courtney.
The legal team representing Courtney Love issued a cease-and-desist order against theaters showing Soaked in Bleach, but the film has found an audience of mostly mixed reviews by way of Netflix and Hulu, among others.
A detailed look into the Cobain case can be found here.