Love and Death: The Mystery of Kurt Cobain, written by Simon & Schuster, is an investigative writing book claiming to expose the truth about Kurt Cobain’s murder. The book claims to provide proof in the form of photographs and audio recordings that Cobain committed suicide using a shotgun found at the scene of the incident. According to the book, Cobain’s death was officially ruled as a suicide due to two large caliber gun shots to the back of his head. However, conspiracy theorists have claimed that the incident was a staged suicide.
On the surface, the book makes for fun and speculation, with many aspects of the story left to be explained by the readers. In essence, it’s a murder mystery, but the question remains whether or not the evidence points to Cobain being guilty of the crime of suicide, or if there is some other, more sinister, explanation for the circumstances surrounding his death. I have read the book several times and have always been satisfied with the information provided to me by the author.
Some of the many clues that are presented in the book are those which point to both the heroin addiction and possible PTSD that Cobain may have been suffering from when he took his own life. While it’s unclear whether Cobain really did try to overdose on the drug, the writer does present information suggesting that such an event might have been premeditated. Was Kurt Cobain murdered? There are many theories surrounding this event of the late nineteen eighties, but they all seem to point to conspiracy theories.
The author does point out several inconsistencies surrounding the events of the fatal date. The timing of the body dump and the proximity of the murder scene to the Nirvana singer’s home also point to conspiracy theories that the incident wasn’t a random accident. Some of the more outlandish theories include the idea that Cobain knew all along that he was going to die, that he had to come back to the band to “settle down the unfinished business,” that he was in fact working with Marilyn Manson, and that the shooting was staged so that he would die with a full head of hair. The author does not necessarily discount these conspiracy theories but she does present enough evidence and rational reasons as to why they may not be true.
Many fans of Cobain have claimed that he was “set up” as a victim in some kind of satanic conspiracy. In the book, the author attempts to prove this. I personally do not believe that the Cobains were involved in any secret satanic network. I do believe, however, that part of the “conspiracy” is that Cobain was indeed shot multiple times and that wounds found around his body to prove that he was indeed shot that day. I cannot prove it, but I do believe it is possible that this conspiracy theory is true.
The question as to “was Kurt Cobain murdered?” still remains open. Even if the answer is yes, there are many unanswered questions left unanswered as to what really killed Cobain. The music world may never know. We can only speculate on the mystery of his death and hope that one day the truth will be revealed.