Kurt Cobain Murder
Icon, redefining, grunge legend, sell out, junkie, depressed, suicidal. All of these words describe Nirvana lead man Kurt Cobain, and on April 9, 1994 the world discovered just how much of an impact this one man had on the music industry, an impact that was realized by his unfortunate death; a death that has been labeled a suicide for over ten years. However as further information is uncovered about the situation, it is beginning to leave a questioning thought residing in the back of many minds, the thought that the ruling of suicide may not be the only ruling available. The option of murder has become an ever increasing possibility, and theory, that can be used in the Cobain case. When looking at murder as an option there are several theories that are available for questioning, theories that were once stable enough to rule the death a suicide. Theories such as Kurt Cobain's suicidal behaviors, behaviors that the media used to reinforce the belief that Cobain committed suicide, but when these actions are examined more closely they are proven to be untrue, and do not support the conclusion that Cobain committed suicide. This is also the case when examining evidence that is directly involved in the suicide case, from the suicide note that was left behind to the Heroin that was injected before his death. Both have discrepancies that support the question of murder rather than suicide. An important fact to make light on would have to be Kurt Cobain's attitudes before his death.
Kurt Cobain has had a tough life beginning right from his childhood, with his parents divorce to his inability to settle with one family, these could have very well attributed to his rebellious nature and depressive mood, which led to beliefs that suicide was the probable outcome when he died. These suicidal tendencies were not looked upon until after Kurt's death, and it was Courtney Love, his wife, who started the talk about Kurt's questionable behavior. Bringing up for the first time that the drug overdose that occurred in Rome was actually a suicide attempt, bringing shock and disbelief to family members and friends of the grunge legend, " But nobody ever talked about Kurt being suicidal before he died, nobody. Why do you think everybody who knew him was so surprised when Courtney said that Rome was a suicide attempt?" (Halperin, 1999, Page 92) Family members and friends of the rock star were enraged that Courtney had kept this suicide attempt a secret until it was too late to help (Halperin, 1999). This did however create suspicion over Cobain's suicide because it was Courtney Love who not only brought up Kurt's suicidal behavior, but also she did not question his death, even when no other family members or friends believe it was in fact suicide. Love's own father Hank Harris does not believe that Kurt was suicidal, "However, several reports, including those of hospital workers and even Love's father claimed that Cobain was never suicidal and that, in fact, Love was 'most likely lying'" (Leventhal, 1997). Love appears to be the only one who expresses her feelings that Kurt was suicidal for even medical professionals do not see the suicidal behaviors that Love claims there was. There are many reasons as to why people believe that Kurt would not commit suicide, and one of the most predominate reasons would have to be because of his daughter Francis Bean. Cobain has been quoted announcing his love for his daughter in many different ways, but one of the most heart felt ways would have to be in a letter he wrote to his own father, whom had abandoned him as a child,
"'The thought of losing my baby haunts me everyday. I'm even a bit unnerved to take her in the car in fear of getting into an accident. I swear that if I ever find myself in a similar situation to what you've been in (i.e. the divorce), I will fight to my death to keep the right to provide for my child. I'll go out of my way to remind her that I love her more than I love myself.'" (Cross, 2001, Page 272).
Kurt had obvious love for his daughter, and he had no intent on hurting her in anyway… so why would he commit suicide, causing Francis Bean to go through the pain of losing her father to his own hand, it just does not seem plausible. But not only does his suicidal behaviors lack supporting evidence the actual evidence found at the death scene is corrupt as well.
When police first discovered Kurt's body on April 9th there was a note present at the scene, a note that was immediately deemed as the official suicide note. This title, that was given to the note as being the "official" suicide note, may have been concluded to soon in the investigation, because if an investigator would have spent some time and examined the letter they would have found that the letter had nothing to do with suicide, "This note was clearly written to Cobain's fans telling them he was quitting the music business." (Grant, 2004). The apparent suicide note had little to do with Kurt's death; the only part that dealt with suicide was the last four lines of the letter. These four lines have been questioned and examined extensively by various experts. The experts that have examined the last four lines, including Marcel Matley, have come up with a unanimous conclusion, "The last four lines of the suicide letter, which include the words 'I love you, I love you,' were written by a different person. There are differences in the two." (Halperin 1999, Page 112) thus clearly indicating, that another individual wrote the last part of the letter, which happens to be the only part that refers to suicide. Private Investigator Tom Grant initially came up with the idea that the letter was a retirement letter rather than a suicide letter and his theory was confirmed with Dave Grohl, who is a remaining member of Nirvana. Grohl made a statement saying that Nirvana was in fact breaking up at the time of Kurt's death, thus making it possible that Kurt would be writing a letter of this nature for his fans, rather than his own suicide note (Halperin, 1999). A second letter was also revealed by Love after the investigation had taken place; she claimed that this letter also displayed Kurt's suicidal behavior. But, just like the first letter, this one also had no relevant information about the suicide; instead it was a letter from Cobain that dealt with issues such as leaving Love and leaving his hometown all together, because of marital problems. (Grant, 2004) Love denies there ever being any problems in her and Kurt's relationship, and that there was no talk about divorce while he was still alive. However there is evidence that supports another claim, for Kurt was in the process of rewriting his will so Courtney would not be in it, because of the looming divorce. "…shortly before Kurt died, he asked her to draw up a will excluding Courtney because he said they were getting a divorce." (Halperin 1999, Page 119) This would reinforce the fact that the second letter was primarily about leaving Love and his home town Seattle (Halperin, 1999). Based on this new evidence it is clear that there was no real suicide note present at Kurt's death. But not only was the letter incriminated so was the actual death itself.
Kurt Cobain was 27 years old and a heavy heroin user, so it was no surprise that there was heroin present in his system. What was surprising was the amount of heroin that was in his system, nearly three times the fatal amount that a person his physique could handle. (Leventhal, 1997). With this evidence there is serious speculation that Kurt could not have shot himself with the gun because of the amount of heroin that he had injected into himself, it would have rendered him incapable of doing so:
"… more than sixty books and studies from forensic and medical journals, each proving that a man with 1.52ml of morphine per liter (heroin is instantly transformed into morphine when it enters the blood) Could not have remained conscious, no matter what his tolerance to the drug" (Halperin, 1999, Page 116).
Based on this information it would be very difficult for Kurt, to not only put all of his heroin materials away, but to then proceed to pick up a gun, put it into his mouth and pull the trigger, when most people who have this amount in their systems can not even pull the needle out of their arm before the slip into a coma or die, would be something short of miracle (Halperin, 1999). A person also has to wonder why Kurt would shoot himself in the head knowing he had taken a lethal does of heroin, it does not make sense because he is making Francis Bean, the daughter whom he loved so dearly, go through the traumatic psychological effects of knowing that her father shot himself in the head. For a man who stated when his baby girl was born, "But once the baby was out, suctioned off, and cleaned up, he held her. It was a moment he described as both one of the happiest of his life and the most fearful." (Cross, 2001, Page 247). It does not seem reasonable that Cobain could put the one thing that made him happy in his life, through so much pain because of his own selfishness of taking his life (Grant, 2004). It is, on the other hand, because of this information that Tom Grant began to theorize different possibilities of how Cobain died. One of the theories being that Kurt could have been doing heroin that day with someone he knew, who purposefully gave Kurt a dose that was too pure for the rocker to handle, and when Cobain passed out the person proceeded to shoot him through the head and lay the gun down on top of Cobain's chest, making the murder appear to be a suicide. Police Officials do agree with this theory, stating that it is plausible, and yet even though they admit that the scenario is a possibility they still do not reopen the case (Halperin, 1999).
With all of the information and investigative reports that have been done in the past ten years it is surprising that this case was, in the first place, deemed as a suicide, but even more surprising is that this case has not yet been reopened. This situation is an obvious case of misjudgment of the facts, for when the facts are presented and examined thoroughly it is very obvious that this is a murder and not a suicide. The facts that blatantly show that Kurt Cobain's death was a murder and not a suicide are; Kurt Cobain was never considered suicidal by any person who knew him, this includes professionals as well as family and friends, he loved his daughter Francis Bean and would never do anything to hurt her in any way; the alleged suicide note was anything but, it contained nothing about suicide except for four lines at the bottom of the page, and even those lines were deemed to be another individuals handwriting, thus proving the notes to be dismissible when discussing suicide, but relevant when discussing murder; the final piece of evidence that has to be re-examined would have to be the question of whether or not Kurt could fire the gun with the amount of Heroin that was in his system, which was way over what is considered a fatal dose to a man of his body type, consequently leaving no possibility that he could have not only shot him self in the head, but also take the needle out of his arm and pack it back up. This case needs the attention it deserves not only to bring justice to a man who is well deserving of it, because of his intense impact on the music industry, but also to set fans minds at ease, for, to this day, there is copy cat suicides, in which fans commit suicide because they believe their idol, Kurt Cobain, did it and is gone, and they can not live with out him (Halperin, 1999, Page 126). For the sake of not only the fans but also for the man himself this case should be reopened and justice should prevail.