Kurt Cobain’s FBI File

In a move that preserves the mysterious aura surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain the FBI has quietly and without explanation released 10 pages of the law enforcement agency’s file into the case.

The pages appeared on an FBI website called The Vault last month, with no context or rationalization. 

Kurt Cobain

The documents related to Cobain include two letters sent to the FBI from individuals who expressed concern that the Nirvana singer may have been murdered.  The names on the letters and other identifying information have been redacted. 

This one, printed on floral paper came in an envelope postmarked in Pennsylvania in November 2006, twelve years after Cobain died from a single gunshot wound. 

Kurt Cobain letter to FBI

The unidentified person writes:  “There is more than enough evidence to reopen the case and change the cause of death from suicide to murder.  Evidence like the fact that there were no prints on the gun he supposedly shot himself with.”

A second piece of correspondence was sent to the FBI by email in 2003 and states that “a great injustice may have been committed in the case of Kurt Cobain” and asks the FBI to reexamine Cobain’s death.  “Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up once and for all.”

Kurt Cobain letter to FBI

In both cases an FBI form letter was sent in response.  Copies were also included in the 10 pages released on The Vault.  The letter states “we appreciate your concern that Mr. Cobain may have been the victim of a homicide.” Then goes on to explain the FBI does not have jurisdiction or cause to reinvestigate. 

Kurt Cobain Letter from FBI

The document dump on the Vault also included 3 pages of a 6 page fax dated January 30, 1997 from the production company that makes the show Unsolved Mysteries.  The fax lists six unresolved or mysterious cases, including the death of Cobain but there is no context or explanation why.

The Vault acts as an online FBI library of previously released documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It contains nearly 7 thousand documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies including more than 300 pages on the death of Christopher Wallace AKA Notorious B.I.G.

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