From time to time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation makes some of its archives on politicians and entertainers public. Last month, the FBI filed a file on Nirvana’s deceased frontman Kurt Cobain available to the public for the first time. The 10-page file contains two letters from two individuals asking the FBI to investigate the rockstar’s death by suicide in 1994, believing it may have involved foul play.
The names of the persons are redacted from the FBI documents, but a letter sent to the agency in September 2003 reads: “Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding his death be resolved once and for all. Sad to think that such an injustice could be allowed in the United States. ”This letter was typed out and cites director Nick Broomfield’s 1998 documentary Kurt & Courtney as an example of similar skepticism.
The other letter is from 2007 and is from an unknown author. It is handwritten and reads, “The police who took the case never investigated it very seriously as murder, but insisted it was suicide from the start. This bothers me the most because his killer is still is free. There … “
The writer also cites alleged evidence that “there were no prints on the gun.” Tom Grant, a former L.A County Sheriff’s deputy and private investigator from Los Angeles, was hired to search for Cobain by his then-wife Courtney Love. Grant rose to fame, saying his belief that the Nirvana frontman was murdered and it would come as no surprise to many if Grant wrote one of two letters to the FBI. Tom Grant was featured in the Kurt & Courtney documentary from 1998 and in 2015 made his own documentary about the possible murder of Kurt Cobain entitled Baptized in bleach(Currently available on Tubitv.com).
The FBI file closes with a fax sent to the agency by Cosgrove / Meurer Productions in January 1997. CMP is the company behind the documentary TV series Unsolved Mysteries, Which aired an episode about Cobain’s death in February 1997. The fax reads: “At least one investigator, Tom Grant, a Los Angeles private investigator, is convinced that the official suicide ruling was a rush to judgment. “
The FBI’s response to the letters was to inform the author that the FBI does not necessarily have the jurisdiction to investigate a possible murder. The official response is, “In order for the FBI to investigate a complaint we receive, there must be specific facts to indicate that there has been a violation of federal law within our investigative jurisdiction.” You can find the full Kurt Cobain file on the FBI website.
Last month it was 27 years since Kurt Cobain’s death. Cobain died at the age of 27 and joined the infamous 27 club of other musicians to die at that age, at the height of their fame. The list of legends that will leave us on 27 is astonishing. Jim Morrison (The Doors), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. All gone way too soon … but they will all live forever through their music.