Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Never-Before-Seen Police Photos from the Scene of Kurt Cobain's Suicide

Dozens of never-before-seen pictures from the death investigation of Kurt Cobain, the rock legend and frontman for the band Nirvana who was found dead in his Seattle-area home in April 1994, were released by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in March 2014.

The photographs taken at the scene at the time of Cobain's death remained undeveloped until recently. The department announced it had developed the film as part of a re-examination of the rock superstar's death investigation, which confirmed it was a suicide.

Though the pictures have a slight green tint because of deterioration, police say they show the scene more clearly than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators.

"I was requested to look at the case because I'm a cold case detective and because it is 20 years later and it's a high media case," Detective Mike Ciesynski, who had the four rolls of film developed and conducted interviews, told KIRO-TV. "And there were always these conspiracy theorists out there, and so I was asked to look at the case and review it."

Police said in 1994 that the case was clearly a suicide. Ciesynski said that is still the case after reviewing evidence.

Asked if his review had given him any reason to think the grunge rocker hadn't taken his own life, Ciesynski replied, "No, nothing. But I had to clear up some issues that made people believe there was some type of a cover-up. And one of those was that I had to process some 35 mm film that never was processed before.

"At the time, in 1994, we would shoot our scenes with 35 mm cameras and we would back them up with Polaroids (photographs). That's what we did in this case. And the ... powers that be at the time decided just don't develop the 35 mm film and just use your Polaroids, because the case was labeled a suicide, and the medical examiner's office, they take photographs also, so the case actually shifts to them.

"So ... we would not have processed that 35 mm film unless we were looking for something specific that wasn't shown in the Polaroids. So I believed, 'Let's get rid of people thinking something else happened that did not happen, and developed the film."'

The final investigation report has not yet been completed, Ciesynski said.

He also said images of Cobain dead at the scene will not be released. "What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound. How's that going to benefit anybody?

"It wasn't going to change my decision that this was a suicide, and actually I'm the one that makes the decision finally: Do we go forward or not? Morally I would not be able to justify that. Legally I can't justify doing that."

In this photo, Kurt Cobain's arm shows his medical bracelet from a drug rehab center in LA that he checked out of days before returning to Seattle, where the Seattle Police Department says, he committed suicide.

The box of shotgun shells recovered at the scene. SPD says one of the shells from this box was used by Cobain to shoot himself.

A number of photos show what police identify as Kurt Cobain's suicide note and how it was left.

Cobain's suicide note was on top of a planter in the greenhouse with a pen stuck through the center of the note.

This police photo shows Cobain's heroin kit complete with syringes and other paraphernalia kept in a cigar box.

The suicide note left at Kurt Cobain's house.

Kurt Cobain's wallet shows how police had removed his WA State drivers license for identification.

This police photo shows Cobain's heroin kit complete with syringes and other paraphernalia kept in a cigar box.

A cigarette lighter, a pack of cigarettes, a winter hat, cigarette butts, a wallet and sunglasses lie on the floor strewn around Cobain's heroin kit, depicting a sadly iconic rock and roll tragedy.

This police photo shows Cobain's heroin kit complete with syringes and other paraphernalia kept in a cigar box.

Another police photo showing a cigarette lighter, a pack of cigarettes, a winter hat, cigarette butts, a wallet and sunglasses on the floor strewn around Cobain's heroin kit.

The suicide note left at Kurt Cobain's house.

Several photos show police officers, detectives and supervisors securing the scene at Kurt Cobain's house.

Several photos show police officers, detectives and supervisors securing the scene at Kurt Cobain's house.

Other photos depict the scene where Cobain's body was found: a sparse greenhouse room above a detached garage, with one stool as the lone piece of furniture.

Several photos show police officers, detectives and supervisors securing the scene at Kurt Cobain's house.

Several photos show police officers, detectives and supervisors securing the scene at Kurt Cobain's house.

One officer is seen here making a telephone call on a now-obsolete 1990s cell phone.

A photo of the doorway inside Kurt Cobain's home.

A photo from the driveway of Kurt Cobain's Seattle home.

An exterior picture of the Lake Washington house and the greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain's body was found.

Some photos show how police have covered the glass doors to keep out the prying eyes of gawkers and the media as the news got out that the pop culture icon was found dead.

Police photo from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide.

Drug parahernalia found at Kurt Cobain's house.

An exterior picture of the Lake Washington house and the greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain's body was found.

An exterior picture of the Lake Washington house and the greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain's body was found.

An exterior picture of the Lake Washington house and the greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain's body was found.

A photo of the doorway inside Kurt Cobain's home.

Cobain's suicide note was on top of a planter in the greenhouse with a pen stuck through the center of the note.

An exterior picture of the Lake Washington house and the greenhouse above the garage where Kurt Cobain's body was found.

An exterior photo of Kurt Cobain's home.

(Images: Seattle Police Department, via CBS News)

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