New photos of Kurt Cobain death scene yield no new clues: police

OLYMPIA, Washington Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:54pm EDT

1 of 2. Kurt Cobain arrives with wife Courtney Love, holding their daughter Frances Bean Cobain, for the MTV Music Awards show in Los Angeles in this September 9 1992, file photo.

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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A cold case investigator has found several rolls of undeveloped film from the scene of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's 1994 death, but Seattle police said on Thursday they do not expect the discovery will alter a finding that he committed suicide.

The grunge rock hero died in Seattle at age 27 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Seattle Police Detective Michael Ciesynski in recent months began sorting through evidence from the investigation into Cobain's death in order to familiarize himself with the case in anticipation of next month's 20-year anniversary of the incident and the attention it is expected to draw.

In the course of the review, Ciesynski found three or four rolls of film in an evidence vault from the case and had them developed, said Detective Renee Witt, spokeswoman for the Seattle Police Department.

The newly uncovered photos may show the scene from angles previously not seen, and appear to be of better quality than some existing photos, Witt said.

News of the discovery was first reported by KIRO 7 News, a Seattle TV station. KIRO reported on its website that police had "re-investigated" the case, a statement Witt said could give the mistaken impression that the case has been reopened.

"There are no new developments, no new twists or turns in the case," Witt said. "He came upon this film, and that's pretty much it. It is still a suicide."

It was not clear whether the photos were taken by police or another party, or why they remained undeveloped for nearly 20 years, Witt said, though the original investigators may have regarded them as redundant and unnecessary to develop.

Witt said the police department plans to release some, but not all, of the photos to the public.

Cobain rose to fame as the lead singer and songwriter of Nirvana, arguably the defining band of the grunge era that dominated rock music - and much of popular culture - for several years in the 1990s.

Nirvana broke through to mainstream pop success with the smash hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the first single from the band's second album, "Nevermind," released in 1991.

(Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Gunna Dickson)

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dualcitizen wrote:

Mar 20, 2014 5:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
zimtrim wrote:
No fingerprints were found on the gun! He bought the gun a day or two before and handled it numerous times and had to hold it to shoot it, yet no fingerprints were found on the gun. Somebody please explain that. The police are probably lying and never did a finger print test because they immediately concluded it was a suicide.

Why would a world famous well known rock star feel the need to leave his wallet open with his ID showing in plain sight to make sure others knew who the dead body in his own home was?

Why would a person who had already injected themselves with a LETHAL amount of heroin feel the need to shoot themself when they were already gonna die from the the overdose of drugs they just took?

The doors to the space over the garage were always kept locked. So how did Kurt with no key get in? No key was found on him. There were no broken windows and no signs of forced entry.

The Police jumped to conclusions and like in the Jon Benet Ramsey case botched the investigation

Note: Instead of releasing all the photos, except those of the body, the police chose to release only the ones that only provide info already known to the public, no photos that provide new info, which limits the amount of questions and scrutiny of the police investigation and conclusions they reached.

The fact that the police did not develop the film at the time the photos were taken shows they did not consider any other possibility except suicide. They did a cursory review of the scene, filled out and filed the required paperwork, and never considered the site a crime scene. Incompetence on their part.

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