UPDATE: Seattle Police Deny Re-Opening Kurt Cobain Death Investigation: 4 Undeveloped Film Rolls Discovered in Evidence Vault

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UPDATE: Seattle Police are refuting the KIRO report, and in an effort to correct the record and quash rumors, are getting the message out that the KIRO news story is inaccurate. celebuzz.com disappoints conspiracy buffs with this headline: Despite What You’ve Heard, No the Seattle Police Department Has Not Reopened the Investigation into Kurt Cobain’s Death. SPD’s Twitter feed has the following:

Here’s the original KIRO report that started the controversy:

KIRO 7’s Casey McNerthney and Amy Clancy report: Nearly 20 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home near Lake Washington, Seattle police have reexamined the case.

Last month, police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting for years in a Seattle police evidence vault. The 35 mm film was processed by the King County Sheriff’s Office photo lab under high security.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to commit suicide. And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself…”

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators. Police said the case was a suicide in 1994.

“…there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

— Detective Mike Ciesynski

kurt_cobain_1992“I was requested to look at the case because I’m a cold case detective because it is 20 years later and it’s a high media case,” said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who had the four rolls of film developed and conducted interviews. “And there were always these conspiracy theorists out there and so I was asked to look at the case and review it.”

Tonight only on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we speak with the detective who re-investigated the case about the new details in the investigation.

“Kurt went up there for one purpose, which was to committ suicide,” Ciesynski said. “And I beleive he did not want to be found and be revived, so he wanted to make a sure way to kill himself.”

The final investigation report has not been completed, and the images of Cobain dead at the scene will not be released, police say.

KIRO 7 has obtained an image from the scene that has not previously been made public. Tonight at 11, we will largeshow that image on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11 and explain why police wanted to examine it as part of the investigation.

The morning of April 8, 1994, Veca Electric employee Gary Smith went to Cobain’s home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East to do electrical work.

“I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin,” Smith told KIRO 7 at the time. “So I looked a little closer and geez, that’s a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest.”

The medical examiner determined Cobain had killed himself three days earlier – only days after he had left a rehab facility….Read more…www.kirotv.com


3 Comments on “UPDATE: Seattle Police Deny Re-Opening Kurt Cobain Death Investigation: 4 Undeveloped Film Rolls Discovered in Evidence Vault”

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  2. […] report published Thursday said Seattle Police were re-opening the investigation, but a spokesperson said a cold case detective was going back and looking at old files in preparation for the 20th anniversary of Cobain™’s […]


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