Former Seattle Police Chief Says Kurt Cobain’s Death Should Be Re-Investigated

Written by Emmy Mack on 24th June, 2015

Former Seattle Police Chief Says Kurt Cobain’s Death Should Be Re-Investigated

Conspiracy buffs have long insisted that the death of grunge legend Kurt Cobain was more than just a suicide, and now former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper has added fuel to the fire.

Stamper, who was in office at the time Cobain died, has been interviewed in a new, non-Montage Of Heck documentary called Soaked In Bleach, which investigates the dubious but nonetheless popular conspiracy theory that Cobain was actually offed by his wife, Courtney Love.

“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,” Stamper admits in the film [via Alternative Nation], which examines the rock star’s tragic end through the eyes of private investigator Tom Grant, who was hired by Love to locate Cobain after he first went missing.

“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,” he said. “That was in fact our responsibility.”

While the veteran cop does not go so far as to allege that the Nirvana frontman’s death was in fact the result of foul play, he does admit to having regrets about the way the initial investigation was handled, and reckons it’s worth a second look.

“It’s about right and wrong, it’s about honour. It’s about ethics,” he says. “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.”

In March of 2014, Seattle police did in fact briefly reexamine the investigation after a cold case detective discovered never-before-seen photos from the original crime scene. However, police ultimately concluded that the images provided no new evidence, and the case was again deemed a suicide.

As previously reported, Courtney Love has threatened to sue theatres planning to screen Soaked In Bleach, going so far as to dish out cease-and-desist letters to offending cinemas.

Her lawyers claim that the film “falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain”.

The doco itself, so far, has been fairly polarising, generating not-so-great reviews, including what’s currently a 5.8 user rating on and a 22% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Love-approved Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck, on the other hand, has received glowing reviews from both fans and critics alike.

Check out the trailers for both, below.

Watch: Soaked In Bleach – Official Trailer #1

Watch: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck – Official Trailer (2015)


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