April 5 marked the 27th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, singer, and guitarist of the band Nirvana. In the last month, the FBI declassified a file on his death, which continues to arouse much intrigue due to several “inconsistencies” surrounding the event that shocked the world.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made public a 10-page report in “The Vault,” the FBI’s library governed by the Freedom of Information Act, on the suicide death of Nirvana guitarist Kurt Cobain in 1994.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the file contained two letters, sent by names that have been redacted, urging the FBI to investigate Cobain’s 1994 death as a murder rather than a suicide. “Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding his death cleared up once and for all,” reads one of them, typed in Sept. 2003.
The other letter, also from an unseen author but handwritten, dates from 2007: “The police who took over the case never took the investigation very seriously as a murder, but insisted from the beginning that it was a suicide,” one part says. “This is what bothers me the most because his killer is still at large.”
The writer also cites alleged evidence “there were no prints on the gun he supposedly shot himself with.” Also claiming that Cobain’s note “… didn’t mention anything about wanting to die—except for the part that was in another handwriting—and seemed to have been added at the end.”
The FBI’s responses to the letters, sent by different officials but with nearly identical wording, are also in the file. “We appreciate your concern that Mr. Cobain may have been the victim of a homicide,” each reads. “However, most homicide investigations are usually the purview of state or local authorities.” The responses go on to say that “specific facts” about “a violation of federal law” would have to be presented for the bureau to proceed, but based on these letters, “we are unable to identify any violations of federal law within the FBI’s investigative jurisdiction.” With that, the FBI said it would bypass any investigation.
The same 10-page file also contains a response to a letter sent to then-Attorney General Janet Reno in 2000, although in that case, the correspondence that prompted the reply is not included.
Even stranger, the released pages include portions of a fax sent in Jan. 1997 to the FBI Los Angeles and D.C. offices (as well as to several FBI and NBC executives) from Cosgrove/Meurer Productions. This Los Angeles documentary company hosts the long-running Unsolved Mysteries series.
The released pages include a one-paragraph summary of theories about the case involving “Tom Grant, a Los Angeles-based private investigator and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy,” and his suspicions that the suicide ruling was “a rush to judgment.” The fact sheet states that Grant “has found a number of inconsistencies, including questions about the alleged suicide note,” which Grant believed was “a retirement letter to Cobain’s fans.”
On the other hand, several documentaries about the death of the Nirvana star circulate on the internet explaining the inconsistencies of such an event that make it difficult to believe the possibility that it was a suicide.