Former Seattle Police Chief Says He Would Reopen Investigation Into Kurt Cobain’s Death
In the new conspiracy docudrama, Soaked in Bleach, Tom Grant -- a private investigator hired by Courtney Love to find her then-missing husband, Kurt Cobain, days before he was found dead -- casts doubt on the standing explanation that the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Now, Seattle's former Police Chief Norm Stamper has doubled down on those suspicions, saying he would reopen the investigation into Cobain’s 1994 death.
“It’s about honor. It’s about ethics,” Stamper said in an interview for the film (via Alternative Nation). “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.”
He then alluded to the possible implication of Cobain's wife, Courtney Love. “We should, in fact, have taken steps to study patterns involved in the behavior of key individuals who had a motive to see Kurt Cobain dead. 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.”
The trailer for the Benjamin Statler-directed film certainly seems to reinforce the well-travelled conspiracy theories that Love was somehow involved in Cobain’s death. Not long after the trailer surfaced, Love filed a cease and desist order with movie theaters planning to show Soaked in Bleach.
“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 letter reads. “A false accusation of criminal behavior is defamatory per se under California Civil Code Section 45a, which entitles Ms. Cobain to both actual and presumed damages.”
On the flipside, Love granted complete access to director Brett Morgen for his own recently released Cobain-centered documentary, Montage of Heck. However, that film didn’t go without its detractors, either. Melvins frontman Buzz Obsorne accused the movie of being “total bulls--t" in a review.
'Soaked in Bleach' – Official Trailer