U.S. Intelligence Coverup? Newly Declassified FBI File on Kurt Cobain Implicates Wife in his Murder

By John Potash

Covert Action Magazine

If so, The Question Is—Why?

The grisly death of mega rock star Kurt Cobain in 1994 (by a shotgun blast to his head) was officially ruled a suicide by the Seattle police, but evidence quickly came to light that Cobain had actually been murdered.

However, despite serious holes in the official narrative about Cobain’s death, the verdict of suicide has held firm for 27 years.

On May 7, the FBI quietly and without fanfare declassified 10 pages of never-before-seen documents relating to Cobain’s death, which alongside a mass of accumulated evidence suggest that the agency had purposely avoided looking into the radical activist musician’s death. One potential explanation for this failure could be due to the CIA’s involvement in the murder.

The latter seems plausible given the connections to the CIA of Courtney Love, Cobain’s former wife, who is the top suspect in the murder. Love happened to be a drug distributor during the same time that the CIA was heavily involved in trafficking opium and using drugs as political weapons. The latter links call for deeper scrutiny.


In 1953, the CIA initiated Project MK-Ultra, where many drugs, including opiates and LSD, were used for “unconventional warfare.”[4] In 1971, The Washington Post revealed how the CIA infiltrated 17 Washington-area activist groups and gave out LSD, apparently to disrupt their minds and their work.[5]

The U.S. Senate’s Church Committee investigation of MK-Ultra, along with later revelations, detailed how U.S. intelligence particularly focused on using drugs and female assets against activist musicians.[6]


Courtney Love’s father, Hank Harrison, ex-manager of the Grateful Dead, stated that he introduced Love to a man in Dublin named Steve O’Leary, who had sex with her when she was 17 years old.


O’Leary took Love to England, where she brought a thousand hits of LSD to punk and new wave music scenes, distributing the acid to musicians. She would also sleep with many of these musicians and disrupt bands.

She repeated this behavior in many American music scenes, handing out many kinds of drugs like candy. Harrison said that O’Leary, when he was on his deathbed, sent him a letter stating that he had been working for the CIA at the time.[8]

Cobain’s Radical Left Politics

One of the reasons the FBI may have had for either participating in and/or covering up Kurt Cobain’s murder relates to their history of targeting anti-war, pro-civil rights leftists. When activists broke into an FBI office in 1971, they revealed its Counter-Intelligence Program (Cointelpro), which started in the 1950s and targeted anti-war and civil rights activists.[9]

Many of Cobain’s statements and actions reflected his radical left political ideology. One example comes from the first book on Nirvana, Come as You Are, which was published in 1993, the year before his death.


Police Detective-Turned P.I. First Exposed Murder Evidence

The FBI file consisted of three letters replying to correspondence asking that they conduct an investigation into evidence that someone murdered Cobain. The file also includes a television transcript of an Unsolved Mysteries episode from 1997.

That episode features private investigator Tom Grant, who had previously worked as a detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, had hired Grant “to find” her husband on April 3, 1994. An electrician reported finding Cobain dead in a room above the garage in their Seattle home five days later, on April 8.


Grant has accumulated a huge trove of evidence. A summary of his evidence includes recorded conversations with Cobain and Love’s lawyer, Rosemary Carroll, wherein she states that she did not believe Cobain wrote the suicide note.[15]


Furthermore, Grant also showed evidence that someone tried to use Cobain’s credit card after his death.[18]


Mentors Lead Singer Claims Love Asked Him, and Then Allan Wrench, to Kill Cobain

Alongside P.I. Tom Grant’s murder claim, Eldon “El Duce” Hoke, lead singer of The Mentors, stated on film that Courtney Love offered him $50,000 to shoot Cobain in the head with a shotgun. She made the offer at Hoke’s job site, The Rock Shop, a record store in Hollywood, California, at the end of 1993. Hoke called the Los Angeles and Seattle police departments about this, but nothing came of it.[22]


“A Violation of Federal Law Within Our Investigative Jurisdiction” Needed

As noted above, several of the letters in Cobain’s FBI file from 2000 through 2007 ask for a homicide investigation, to which the FBI gave the exact same response: “most homicide investigations fall within the jurisdiction of state and local authorities. In order for the FBI to initiate an investigation of any complaint we receive, specific facts must be present to indicate that a violation of federal law within our investigative jurisdiction has occurred.”[25]

The U.S. Attorney’s Bulletin states: “The intent element of § 1958 relates to murder; it does not relate to interstate activity. The interstate travel merely triggers federal jurisdiction. A defendant need not intend to travel across state lines to commit murder-for-hire; instead, a defendant need only intend to commit a murder-for-hire and, in doing so, travel across state lines” Bertoldo v. United States, 145 F. Supp. 2d 111, 115 (D. Mass. 2001).[26]

One of the letters from 2003 mentions the book Who Killed Kurt Cobain? published in 1998 by Max Wallace and Ian Halperin, as well as Broomfield’s film Kurt and Courtney.

As previously stated, the film presents Eldon Hoke stating that Courtney Love traveled from Seattle, Washington, to Los Angeles, California, conspiring to have Cobain murdered. Hoke stated it on film.[27]


Police Cover-up

Tom Grant further found evidence of a Seattle police cover-up, which can happen when police intelligence get word from higher up the U.S. intelligence hierarchy. He stated that police didn’t check for fingerprints on the shotgun found with Kurt Cobain until a month after his body was found. Police claimed they found no legible prints.[29]

Police also refused to develop the photos from the scene of death for twenty years, and a police officer said his supervisor stated they were not to investigate Cobain’s death as a homicide.[30]

Via https://covertactionmagazine.com/2021/07/21/u-s-intelligence-coverup-newly-declassified-fbi-file-on-nirvanas-kurt-cobain-compounds-evidence-implicating-his-wifes-role-in-his-murder/

2 thoughts on “U.S. Intelligence Coverup? Newly Declassified FBI File on Kurt Cobain Implicates Wife in his Murder

  1. I was working in Seattle when it happened and never believed Curt would kill himself. Never. (And I worked for a record label Jerden Records and this era in Seattle was the era of Grunge. Very big deal, like Pearl Jam.)

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