Friday, June 26, 2015

Kurt Cobain's Death & The Police

Police chief calls for investigation into 

Kurt Cobain's death to be reopened


Many fans have long believed the Nirvana frontman was murdered


3:07PM BST 25 Jun 2015

The death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain should be reinvestigated to settle whether it was suicide or murder, according to the former chief ofSeattle police.








"I would tell you right now if I were the Chief of Police, I would reopen this investigation,” said Norm Stamper, who took over the police department months before Cobain's death.
The 27-year-old rockstar was found dead from a gunshot wound in April 1994 at his home in Seattle and Mr Stamper's officers were called to the scene.
Although a suicide note was found by his body many fans have long believed Cobain was murdered.
Mr Stamper, who left police work in 2000 to become a writer and blogger, spoke to the makers of Soaked in Bleach, a new documentary which focuses on a theory put forward by some fans that Cobain's widow Courtney Love played a role in his death. Ms Love, who has always strenously denied such allegations, has already sent warning letters to cinemas considering showing the documentary.
"I would tell you right now if I were the Chief of Police, I would reopen this investigation,” said Norm Stamper, who took over the police department months before Cobain's death.
The 27-year-old rockstar was found dead from a gunshot wound in April 1994 at his home in Seattle and Mr Stamper's officers were called to the scene.









Courtney Love, Cobain's widow



Mr Stamper does not point the finger at anyone directly but said his investigators should not have discounted the possibility Cobain was murdered.
“We should in fact have taken steps to study patterns involved in the behaviour of key individuals who had a motive to see Kurt Cobain dead,” he said, according to excerpts in Spin Magazine.
“If in fact Kurt Cobain was murdered, as opposed to having committed suicide, and it was possible to learn that, shame on us for not doing that. That was in fact our responsibility,” he said.
“It’s about right and wrong. It’s about honour. It’s about ethics,” he added. “If we didn’t get it right the first time, we damn well better get it right the second time, and I would tell you right now if I were the Chief of Police, I would reopen this investigation.”
Mr Stamper said it was "entirely possible" that his officers might have missed evidence that would point towards murder.
Ms Love's lawyers said the idea she was behind her husband's death was "a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory" and demanded that the cinemas not show the film.
Soaked in Bleach is the first documentary from Benjamin Slater and has received mixed reviews from critics.
"Despite a low-rent aesthetic that... doesn't sufficiently distance it from the tinfoil-hat world, Soaked presents evidence one has a hard time dismissing," wrote the Hollywood Reporter.


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