A man who believes the conspiracy theory that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was murdered has filed a lawsuit against the Seattle police over previously undeveloped photos taken at the scene of Cobain’s suicide 20 years ago. According to Seattle Pi, self-described investigative journalist RIchard Lee claims the department should have long ago released the photos, which were taken by a police photographer following Cobain’s death on April 5th, 1994, at his Seattle home.
Seattle police officials found the four rolls of undeveloped film, processed and released them late last month as the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death approached. Lee now contends police should have released the photos when he requested all records related to Cobain’s death shortly after the rocker’s body was found.
- The 50-year-old Lee, who has run for mayor of Seattle several times and hosted a public access TV show called Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, has made groundless assertions for years that Cobain’s death was not a suicide.
- We asked Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross why he thinks the conspiracy theories linger on: [“I think the main reason people embrace the conspiracy theory is simply that it’s very painful to imagine that Kurt, someone they loved or maybe identified with, that he betrayed them in some degree by taking his own life. You know, the bottom line is there’s absolutely no evidence to suggest that Kurt’s death was anything other than suicide, and it’s almost absurd that the topic continues to come up.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . to come up.)
- The city and police department have yet to respond to Lee’s lawsuit.
- State law does in fact require that government agencies which fail to disclose releasable records pay $5 to $100 per day, per document, for the delay. Lee has not yet asked that a judge impose any fines on the police for non-disclosure.
- Cobain’s body was discovered on April 8th, three days after he killed himself with a shotgun blast.