ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
It's not practical or even possible for me to try and answer all of your
individual questions through mail. As one recent reader said, "Every answer
brings more questions." But I'm finding the most often asked questions have
already been answered in the material already released.
For example, some have asked, "Are you saying Courtney pulled the trigger?"
No. I've never said that. A careful reading of this material clearly
indicates Courtney and I were both in Beverly Hills when Kurt died.
However, legally and morally, there's little difference between the person
who plans a murder and the person who carries out the plan.
I realize there's a lot of information to absorb, but if you really want
answers, you may find most of them by carefully reviewing the material.
Keep in mind, I've given more information and more answers than anyone else
directly involved in this case. You may not agree with everything I say,
but if you have any concern whatsoever for the truth, you'd have to
agree... it's time we got some answers from the police, the Medical
Examiner, Courtney Love, Rosemary Carroll, and others forced into silence
by Courtney's legal maneuvering.
Now that I've said that, I'm going to do my best to answer even more of
your questions in this update.
WHAT ABOUT DYLAN CARLSON?
WHAT PART DID HE PLAY IN THIS?
Dylan was Kurt's best friend. He's also a heroin addict, but he's very
intelligent and basically a pretty good guy. I'm now totally convinced that
although he was used in this scheme, he had no knowledge that Kurt was
going to be killed.
Courtney uses Dylan and others around her to serve her purposes. She's got
the money and power to get what she wants. Once you become part of her
inner circle of gophers, you do and say what she tells you and you DON'T
Some in her inner circle are naive to what she's really capable of. Others
are blinded by her fame, fortune and power. And then there are those who
are just plain scared. As Courtney readily admits, "In my world people are
pretty scared of me...so they don't f__k with me."
DID DYLAN KNOW KURT WAS LYING DEAD IN
THE GREENHOUSE WHEN YOU WERE THERE?
Wednesday night/early Thursday morning -- No.
Thursday night, when we returned... possibly.
I believe Courtney was trying to direct Dylan to discover the body, but he
was really confused about what was going on here. By late Thursday
afternoon, I now have reason to believe Dylan knew Kurt was dead. Later
that night, as mentioned in the Summary Of Events, Courtney told him, "Be
sure and check the greenhouse."
Why didn't he? He may not have wanted to!
DID KURT'S BEST FRIEND BELIEVE KURT WAS SUICIDAL?
No. Not at all.
As part of her "suicide" hype in Los Angeles prior to my leaving, Courtney
was saying things like, "Everyone thinks he's going to die." So of course
on Wednesday night when I first arrived in Seattle, Dylan and I talked a
lot about Kurt, his relationship with Courtney, and Kurt's current frame of
When asked if Kurt was suicidal, Dylan was adamant. "No. He just wants to
get away from all this. He doesn't like most of the people in the music
Dylan knew Kurt before Courtney came into his life. Dylan is the person
Kurt hung out with, the person who probably knew him better than anyone
Here's some of what Dylan told me as we sat and talked at a local cafe,
then later drove around Seattle checking out some of Kurt's hang outs.
"I could never understand why they got married," Dylan said. "They're
always fighting. They're total opposites."
Referring to some of Kurt's friends and fans in Seattle, Dylan told me,
"Kurt's embarrassed by the big house. He's taking a lot of shit for it.
They sort of look at him like a traitor or something. But Courtney bought
this Lexus and Kurt made her take it back."
Dylan told me he and Kurt purchased the shotgun before Kurt left for Los
Angeles. He said Kurt wanted the shotgun for protection when he got back.
THE SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER
April 15, 1994
In an interview with a reporter from the Seattle Post Intelligencer for an
article published just a week after Kurt died, Dylan made the following
comments confirming the conversations I had with him:
"Kurt just wanted to make music, and he didn't want to do the grind."
"We used to go shooting together," Carlson said. "He said he wanted the gun
"Carlson said Cobain did not seem suicidal."
"Carlson said Nirvana's management and Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, had
pushed the musician to enter drug treatment. He said Cobain was
apprehensive, but did not seem despondent."
"Kurt was facing lots of pretty heavy things, but he was actually pretty
upbeat," Carlson said. "He was prepared to deal with things facing him."
Kurt was "pretty upbeat" says his best friend?!!
Now carefully read another of Dylan's statements to the reporter....
"Carlson said he had not known of any suicide attempts and had not been
told that Cobain's drug induced coma in Rome, Italy, on March 4 might have
been intentional, as has been confirmed recently by Love."
If the incident in Rome was actually a "suicide attempt," why wouldn't
Courtney tell Kurt's best friend about it? Wouldn't she want Dylan to keep
his eye on Kurt? Wouldn't she want him to be sure Kurt did not purchase any
more guns? (Kurt's other guns had been previously confiscated by the
Didn't she care?
No. Courtney knew that if she told Dylan the incident in Rome was a
"suicide attempt," he'd know she was lying because he'd talk to Kurt about
it. Remember, NO ONE called the Rome incident a "suicide attempt" until
after Kurt died in Seattle.
It was after Kurt died... that Courtney claimed the Rome incident was a
WHY ISN'T ROSEMARY CARROLL SAYING ANYTHING?
For those of you who haven't read the Summary, Rosemary Carroll was Kurt
and Courtney's close friend and entertainment attorney. To the best of my
knowledge, she's still "technically" Courtney's entertainment attorney. Her
law firm probably doesn't know what to do with her now. What do you do with
an attorney who has a conscience?? (Don't look for a punch line).
Rosemary is also the wife of Danny Goldberg, CEO of Warner Bros. Records.
Rosemary is in quite a predicament. She expressed her belief to me that
Courtney might somehow have been involved in Kurt's death when I first met
with her in Los Angeles, on April 13th, 1994. For the next several months,
we occasionally spoke on the telephone and met at her house in Los Angeles
where she continued to furnish me with information and evidence implicating
Rosemary did not believe Kurt was suicidal or that the incident in Rome was
a "suicide attempt." Her initial reaction to the so called "suicide" note,
once she finally got to see it, was total disbelief!
Rosemary was also convinced Courtney had something to do with the wording
on the Seattle "suicide" note. She said it was full of terminology used
mostly by Courtney, not by Kurt.
Did Courtney help Kurt write his "retirement" letter - a letter which
sometime later was to become a "suicide note."
NO MORE DOUBT
In December of 1994, after nearly eight months of continuous investigation,
I had now obtained enough evidence to be convinced beyond any doubt that
Kurt Cobain did not commit suicide but was in fact murdered.
When I began to speak out about the conclusions of my investigation, I
received a threatening note from Rosemary's law firm.
In response, on December 29, 1994, I sent Rosemary Carroll a registered
Having received the letter from your firm threatening me with lawsuit and
possible criminal prosecution, I have to wonder what must be going on in
your head! My loyalty to you and the confidentiality of our conversations
ends abruptly when I am threatened for doing a job I was encouraged by you
From the beginning, you played a major role in directing this investigation
and exposing some facts and details that implicated Courtney as part of the
conspiracy that eventually led to Kurt's murder. I'm convinced you know in
your heart the truth about what happened. It's time for you to come forward
and speak to the authorities about what you know.
I'm aware there's a lot at stake here for you. Your career, your marriage,
possible financial losses and who knows what else? You may not realize it
yet, but these things are in jeopardy whether you come forward or not.
You impressed me as the type of person who has their priorities in order.
What good are we as human beings if we're so afraid that we allow people to
get away with murder?
The world of secrecy is a dangerous place to live, especially when your
mind holds information that could help convict a killer. I've placed my
life in danger here in order to bring about justice and put an end to what
may turn out to be more than just one killing. In addition, kids are
continuing to commit suicide themselves, thinking Kurt did it so it must be
the way to go! The last of these incidents occurred just a couple of weeks
Although I'm still in some danger, I feel my silence would have created an
even greater threat to my life. Getting rid of someone after they've talked
is just plain stupid and can only bring more attention to the case. The
real danger exists before the person talks.
I hope I've given you something to think about. Call me if I can help. If
you choose to oppose me in this, all I can say is good luck. You'll need
NOT ONE BUT TWO, AND ONE IS A LEGAL EAGLE!
Whenever someone famous dies, there's always some nut that comes out of the
woodwork and yells, "conspiracy!" These people are normally a little light
in the head and usually come out of nowhere. They weren't there, they have
no first hand knowledge of anything, and their stories can never be
Those who, for whatever reason, would like to believe I'm just another
wacko, seem to be overlooking something very different about this
"conspiracy" case. This case developed from the knowledge and experiences
of two people very close to the situation.
Whatever you think of me and my motives, you should be aware that
Courtney's own attorney also had strong beliefs about Courtney's
involvement in Kurt's death.
Rosemary Carroll had nothing to gain and everything to lose if she was
right about her suspicions. Unfortunately, others close to Rosemary also
have a lot to lose, so Rosemary is being kept quiet and out of sight.
What would Dylan Carlson and Rosemary Carroll say now if they were allowed
to talk about this? We'll just have to wait and see what the spin doctors
can come up with for these two.
IF YOU'VE GOT SO MUCH EVIDENCE, WHY HAVEN'T
YOU ARRESTED THESE PEOPLE? WHY HAVEN'T
YOU BROUGHT THIS TO TRIAL?
Most readers already know the answer to this question. It's normally
brought up by skeptics who are trying to write this whole thing off with
simplistic uneducated remarks.
Even though many private investigators like myself are former police
officers, we are now private investigators with no police powers granted by
the state. A private investigator can only investigate and furnish
information. Private investigators cannot file cases, press criminal
charges, or make felony arrests in cases handled by local authorities. If
the authorities choose to close their eyes, the only thing that will pry
them open is public pressure.
WHAT MOTIVE WOULD THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
HAVE FOR COVERING UP A SLOPPY INVESTIGATION?
The short answer: professional pride, city politics and potential lawsuits.
When is the last time you heard a public official admit they were wrong,
especially in a high profile incident where there is so much at stake?
Now here's the long answer...
After attending the candlelight vigil in Seattle in memory of Kurt Cobain,
a young man returned to his home and abruptly ended his own life with a
In Southern Turkey a teenage girl was suffering from depression since
hearing about Cobain's death. She put on a Nirvana song, locked her bedroom
door, and shot herself in the head.
In Australia, a teenager committed suicide as a tribute to Cobain.
A twenty year-old man in Tracy, California was with friends when he put a
shotgun in his mouth and said, "Look, I'm just like Kurt Cobain." Now he
There have been several other reports of "copy-cat" suicides since Cobain's
death. These are just some of the reports I've heard through various media
Still wondering about police motive?
I met with the police just one week after Kurt died. By this time I'd
gathered enough evidence to show that something was horribly wrong with the
events surrounding Kurt's death. It was too late. The "copy -cat" suicides
had already begun. There was no way an outside investigator was going to
overturn the official" opinion" on the cause of Kurt's death, an "opinion"
that had already resulted in world wide media coverage and had caused the
loss of additional lives.
CONFUSION BASED ON MISINFORMATION
These young people weren't killing themselves simply because Kurt Cobain
had died. They were killing themselves because they were confused by his
so-called "suicide." If anyone doubts what I'm saying here, you need to
read some of the thousands of letters I've gotten from Kurt's fans.
Kurt's death would have been a tragic and sad loss to his fans, but his so
called "suicide" caused a short circuit. It didn't make sense!!
Sometimes the consequences of being wrong can be so drastic that an
overwhelming bias is created. Truth takes a back seat to expediency. What
will the Seattle Police Department say to Cobain's friends and fans, and to
the devastated families of those other victims of misinformation?...
WHY AREN'T YOU SHARING ALL THE
INFORMATION AND EVIDENCE YOU HAVE?
The Seattle police department deliberately misled me and the press. In
addition, they've covered up important information and in general, they've
demonstrated a lack of good faith when it came to finding the truth.
I expect this case to eventually be re-opened. But it needs to be handled
by unbiased investigators, probably from another governmental agency, who
aren't just out to save face and cover their tracks.
These investigators will need something to work with, some "tools" for
probing, interviewing, and interrogating. Investigative tools consist
primarily of undisclosed information known only to the investigator
conducting the interview. Knowledge of generally unknown information helps
the investigator discern whether or not the subject being interviewed is
telling the truth. Every piece of information I release becomes one less
tool for future investigators. It also becomes one more detail given over
for use by those attempting to cover-up of the truth. Fortunately, I've got
a rather large "tool bin."
As it is, I've furnished a sufficient amount of evidence and information to
prove this case needs to be re-examined by the authorities. I'll continue
to release information, but exposing everything I know and revealing ALL of
my evidence to the general public would reduce the probative value of that
So for now I'll have to live with criticism from skeptics and critics who
try to call plays at home plate from a position completely outside of the
A STRATEGY OF SILENCE
In the months prior to speaking out about what I know, things started
getting a little "warm" in Seattle. So Courtney began an intense campaign
of intimidation and coercion to get everyone who worked for her, past and
present, to sign a "confidentiality agreement."
Some of these were friends Courtney has known for years! One has to wonder
why these "friends" are suddenly being forced to keep quiet?
It's not working. The "silence" is DEAFENING!!
ATTACK THE MESSENGER
As she's done with nearly everyone she considers to be her enemy, after I
began speaking out, Courtney wasted no time in having me investigated
hoping to find some dirt. Once she's forced into the open, she'll have no
choice but to light that pile of wet twigs.
This attempt to divert attention from the facts will appear like a small
cloud of smoke that rises momentarily and quickly fades into an atmosphere
of openness and honesty. Like everyone else, I'm far from perfect. But
there are no "secrets" in my life that I need to hide from.
When all else fails... TRY MORE CONFUSION!!
The "strategy of confusion" has been used against this investigation since
the beginning. I'll talk about this more in the future, but one of the
schemes involved an impostor on America On-line who uses the screen name of
"Tom Grant" and claims to be me.
This tactic was temporarily effective at confusing some of the readers in
the on-line folders, but eventually it only demonstrated that someone was
desperate to cover up the truth.
My screen name is TGrantCo. That's the only screen name I've ever used
regarding this investigation. If the Screen name reads TGrantCo, the post
is coming from me or someone in my office working under my direct
I sign off with "Tom" or "Tom Grant" or "TGrantCo," but I never sign on
with any other name than TGrantCo.
So when you see the name Tom Grant, be sure to check the screen name for
TGrantCo to be sure the post originated from this office.
This wasn't the first of these confusion schemes. It won't be the last.