By Scott T. Sterling
According to KIRO 7, the reason behind the new look at the case revolves around four rolls of camera film that sat undeveloped in a police evidence vault until recently. After developing and looking at the images, Seattle police said “they more clearly show the scene than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.”
The station has obtained one of the new images, which they plan on broadcasting later tonight (March 20) on the 11 p.m. newscast. There will also be an interview with the detective re-examining the case who will discuss new details and “the various alternate theories that have developed since Cobain’s death.”
Cobain’s death by shotgun blast had been determined a suicide by the medical examiner at the time, just days after leaving a rehab facility. The Nirvana frontman was found to have also taken a lethal dosage of heroin before the gunshot.
There are no indications if this new evidence is pointing towards any foul play involved in the singer’s untimely death, which has long been the source of conjecture and controversy among fans and true-crime enthusiasts alike. Most famously, Nick Broomfield’s 1998 documentary, Kurt & Courtney, made allusions that Cobain’s widow, Hole singer Courtney Love, had actually been involved in his death and covered it up to look like a suicide.
According to Seattle police spokesperson Renee Witt, however, there’s nothing revelatory or nefarious to see here.
“He dug up the files and had another look and there was nothing new,” she told the Seattle Times in regards to the detective’s reexamination of the evidence. She went on to say that they will answer questions and release the new images on the anniversary of Cobain’s death next month, which falls on April 5.