Ex-Seattle Police Chief on Kurt Cobain's Death: 'I Would Reopen the Investigation'

Kurt Cobain Recording Studio 1990s
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Nirvana's Kurt Cobain in the recording studio in the 1990s.

Courtney Love has already rallied against the new unauthorized Kurt Cobain doc Soaked in Bleach, which tries to get more mileage out of the old conspiracy theory that she was responsible for the Nirvana singer's death. An interview from the film with former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper could add more fuel to the fire.

"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," Stamper says in the doc.

"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," he continues. "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."

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Cobain was found dead from a gunshot wound in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994. Forensics indicated he had died three days prior. The death was ruled a suicide, though skeptics have been tossing around conspiracy theories ever since.

1994 was Stamper's first year on the job as Seattle police chief. Six years later, he resigned following the department's highly criticized use of tear gas against protesters of 1999's WTO Ministerial Conference.

On June 11, Love's legal team issued a cease and desist letter to theaters planning to show Soaked in Bleach, saying "the Film portrays Ms. Cobain in a false light and contains defamatory statements." 


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