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Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Being brought up in the 90’s meant that I was exposed to 90’s music from my older brothers and sisters. Even though I was still very young, I remember being handed down a nirvana cd “Nevermind” as one of my first in my CD collection. I am a huge fan of Nirvana, and the grunge sound. So when I heard news of an official Nirvana documentary film being made, I put it on my to watch list. Nirvana influenced a generation of 90’s kids, to the point that there were actually 68 cases of copycat suicides after Kurt’s death

Firstly I was impressed that the documentary film had received the rights to Nirvanas music from the Cobain family, meaning the soundtrack would be epic – unlike the Jimi Hendrix film that came out earlier this year, where the directors only had rights to his early recordings, and non of his famous back catalogue. News surfaced that the documentary film would include unheard recordings and performances from the band as well as unreleased home movies, artwork, photography, journals, and songbooks. Enough to get any hardcore Nirvana fan interested from the get go. The films title, “Montage Of Heck” takes its name from a mix tape created by Kurt in 1988. The film also includes scenes animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hikso Hulsing, which I found were very entertaining to the soundtrack of Nirvana.

Just after the release of Montage of Heck a new unofficially docudrama about Kurt Cobain came out called “Soaked In Bleach”. Soaked In Bleach is about the conspiracy behind Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The film follows Tom Grant, the private investigator hired by Kurt’s wife at the time Courtney Love after his disappearance from rehab just before his death. I have yet to see this film but it is on my watch list. This article is not a film review, but a look into the evidence supporting a conspiracy behind Kurt Cobains death.

Kurt Cobain‘s untimely and tragic death in April of 1994 continues to be shrouded with unanswered questions – now for more than two decades. Many questions have been raised about what happened the days leading up to Kurt’s death. If you look at the case, or read the books I’m sure you will agree that things are very fishy. The validity of his suicide note is one; many handwriting experts claim that parts of the note are forgery. You can read Kurt’s suicide note here. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain are said to have been going through the early stages of divorce before his death. Raising questions that Courtney murdered Kurt to benefit herself. The fact that Courtney hired a private investigator a week before his death to find the whereabouts of Kurt after he escaped from a drug rehab facility some say is a smokescreen to cover her involvement. Even Tom Grant the private investigator hired by Love was suspicious: “The first phone call to me began with a lie. When we met with her at her hotel, she continued lying. She told us about stories she had just planted in the press. She seemed extremely manipulative and dominating. She didn’t seem so concerned about what was going on with him, although she said he was suicidal and everybody knows he’s going to kill himself. Yet she seemed more concerned about her career than anything else. So as we left the room, I told my partner, Ben Klugman that we’re going to document everything that goes on here. We have a missing person. Things aren’t adding up. We need to document carefully.”

Coroner reports identified Kurt had lethal doses of heroin in his blood at the time he pulled the trigger. Toxicological tests determined 1.5 milligrams of heroin per liter of blood and evidence of Valium. This is a very high level of heroin to have taken, so much so that you would overdose and die in seconds, even with the needle still stuck in, like in many overdose cases. Max Wallace, author of ‘Love & Death; The Murder Of Kurt Cobain’ says “there is not a single case in U.S. history documented where someone was able to survive more than a few seconds after ingesting this dose.” Yet he was able to pick up a shotgun and shoot himself point blank in the head. Some say due to his tolerance of the drug, he might be able to pull this off?

A long trail of evidence suggests investigators never seriously contemplated the idea of murder at all. In fact on the same day the body was found Seattle Police had already officially labeled the death as a suicide. It was widely reported that Kurt had locked himself in the room and barricaded the door shut with a stool. Tom Grant asked Sergeant Cameron the police chief in charge of the investigation, if he can examine the photographs that police took at the scene. The detective refused, offering yet more proof that he never took his murder investigation seriously. “We haven’t developed the photographs and probably never will. We don’t develop photographs on suicides” said Cameron. Months later, Grant obtained the incident report filed by the first detectives who arrived on the scene. The report clearly demonstrates that the stool wasn’t, in fact, wedged against the exit door at all. Rather, it was standing in front of the French doors on the other side of the room—doors that didn’t even serve as an exit. Although the actual exit door was indeed locked, it could have been locked and pulled shut by anyone leaving the scene. Why Cameron was repeating the demonstrably false story about the wedged stool is a question he refuses to answer to this day.

Whatever happened that day, the police report proves beyond any doubt that Kurt never barricaded himself in the greenhouse where he died, and it clearly demonstrates that another person could have easily been in the room at the time of Kurt’s death. Thus, one of the most convincing pieces of so-called evidence pointing to suicide is nothing more than a myth. It is a myth that has never been dispelled by a single biographer, or by any of the media that originally reported on the barricaded door. It is a myth that many distraught teenagers would cling to in the months and years to come.

I strongly advise any fan of Nirvana to watch A Montage Of Heck and Soaked In Bleach, and make up there own minds about what happened to Kurt Cobain.

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