On Thursday, several erroneous news reports surfaced regarding the death of Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain. Various media outlets claimed that the Seattle Police Department reopened the case.
That was not true.
The police department did actually have a detective review the case. But, only because the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death is coming in just a couple of weeks. They are expecting questions on the case due to that anniversary.
They explained their reasoning in a series of tweets.
Despite an erroneous news report, we have not "reopened" the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 20, 2014
Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) March 20, 2014
The police department did share previously unreleased photos from the scene. If you're interested, you can see those photos here. The photos only show items recovered from the scene: Sunglasses, a wallet, cash, cigarettes, a lighter, and a box filled with drug paraphernalia.
The detective who reviewed the case is Mike Ciesynski. To prepare himself for questions on the death of Kurt Cobain, he actually watched various documentaries that address the conspiracies around the death of the Nirvana front-man. Ciesynski says, "I can see why people have questions [about the case], but you can always point to something and say ‘what if.’”
Kurt Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994. He was 27. Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just a few days after the 20th anniversary of his death.
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