Did the shot that killed Kurt Cobain come from his own hand? Or was he
murdered? An explosive investigation, based on newly uncovered forensic evidence,
reveals Cobain was murdered and that his "suicide" was a scientific
(PRWEB) April 4, 2004--At the time of his 1994 death, Kurt Cobain was leaving
his wife Courtney Love and had booked two plane tickets out of Seattle for
himself and a mystery woman who Courtney believed to be Kurts new girlfriend,
according to a new book based on the exclusive case tapes of Loves former
In Love and Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain, published April 3 by Atria
Books, investigative journalists Max Wallace and Ian Halperin reveal that
only an hour before Cobain went missing from an LA drug rehab facility in
April, 1994, he had called United Airlines to book the tickets, which were
still unused when Cobain was found dead in a room above his garage a week
After a nine-year investigation into the circumstances of Cobains death,
Wallace and Halperin - former winners of the Rolling Stone Magazine Award
for Investigative Journalism - conclude that the rock icon was almost certainly
Relying on a leaked autopsy report and Seattle Police Department records
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, they reveal that the official
suicide scenario was scientifically impossible. The records show that Cobain
had ingested a triple lethal dose of heroin, before his life was ended with
a shotgun bullet, suggesting a murder staged to look like a suicide. The authors
interview a coroner who believes the forensic evidence suggests somebody gave
Cobain an overly pure dose of heroin, waited for him to lose consciousness
and then positioned the shotgun so that it appeared Cobain had pulled the
trigger. No legible fingerprints were found on the shotgun, despite the fact
that at least three people had handled it that week.
The authors obtained hours of explosive tapes recorded by Courtney Loves
former P.I., Tom Grant, who taped all his conversation with Courtney, her
attorney and others in the days immediately before and after Kurts death.
Grant later went public, implicating Courtney in her husbands death.
In these tapes, Courtney admits that Kurt was in the process of leaving her
and that she had filed a false police report in the days before Kurts
death, suggesting that Kurt was suicidal. The report was instrumental in convincing
the police and Medical Examiner that Cobains death was an open
and shut case of suicide when they arrived on the scene where his body
was found on April 8, 1994, a suicide note apparently by his side. The media
later reported that Cobain had barricaded himself in a room with a stool before
killing himself with a shotgun, but police records obtained by the authors
contradict this scenario and prove that the murder theory is more than plausible.
In the tapes, Courtneys own attorney, Rosemary Carroll, who was godmother
to the couples daughter Frances Bean, tells Grant that she believes
Cobain was murdered and that the so-called suicide note was forged.
She also confirms that the couple were in the process of divorcing. Because
Kurt and Courtney had a pre-nuptial agreement, Courtney would have received
little if the divorce had gone through.
In the book, Kurts grandfather Leland Cobain goes public for the first
time, charging that his grandson was murdered. He joins a chorus of others
close to Kurt and Courtney who now dispute the official verdict.
Max Wallace has written for the Sunday New York Times and contributed
to the BBC while Ian Halperin is a frequent correspondent for Court TV and
has contributed to 60 Minutes 2.