Kurt Cobain Death Indeed a Suicide, Case Stays ClosedBy: Meaghan Ellis - March 22, 2014
Kurt Cobain’s death has been a debatable topic of discussion lately. However, despite rumors his case will remain closed.
While Seattle Police Department Cold Case Detective Mike Ciesynski did opt to re-examine the case, along with dozens of exclusive images, nothing has changed about the initial assessment. The Seattle police investigation concluded that Cobain did, indeed, kill himself with a shotgun.
According to CNN, the investigative rumors originated from social media in light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of his death on April 5. However, the Seattle Police Department has released an official statement to put an end to the speculation.
“We knew with the 20th anniversary coming up, and we knew there was going to be a lot of media interest,” Ciesynski says. “I’ve been a detective in homicide for 20 years and I’ve been in the cold case unit for 10 years. Most of the cases I work on, I look for something that wasn’t done [in the investigation], in the past.”
Ciesynski went on to explain how he prepared for the re-evaluation of the case. He revealed that he watched several documentaries that pertained to the conspiracies surrounding Cobain’s untimely death. He also reviewed news articles and television specials, as well.
“They’re all very interesting,” he said. “I can see why people have questions [about the case], but you can always point to something and say ‘what if.’”
Ciesynski revealed that once he pulled Cobain’s case file from the SPD’s Evidence Unit; he did discover something that was “left undone” – four rolls of crime scene photos that the department never developed. He went on to suggest the photos may have been left undeveloped because the investigator “felt it was a suicide and already had polaroids and photos from the medical examiner,” Ciesynski says.
He also stated that while it is uncommon for the SPD to store evidence on closed cases for more than 20 years, Cobain’s case is classified as high profile. “There were so many conspiracy theories out there; it was good judgment on their behalf to hold to this,” he said. However, the conclusion remains the same.
“Sometimes people believe what they read—some of the disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That’s completely inaccurate,” he says. “It’s a suicide. This is a closed case.”
While the rumors have been laid to rest, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end. Cobain’s artistic endeavors, fascinating musicianship and constant battle with heroine addiction and depression will always be frequent, debatable topics of discussion. As a member of the infamous “27 Club,” some fans still have difficulty accepting that Cobain succumbed to death in an effort to escape the throes of depression and drug abuse.
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