"Just yesterday I printed the Summary Of Events. I showed them to this kid
and he laughed at first. And then he got kinda quiet, and then just kinda
sat there. He says he believes you now."
(E-mail excerpt from a reader at Empnet.com)
THE "PURCHASE" OF CENSORSHIP...
Intimidation, Hot Air, & High Priced Attorneys
Referring to the disclosure of the "Summary Of Events," Courtney's
attorneys have taken out a full page ads in major media broadcasting
magazines threatening to sue anyone who participates "either directly or
indirectly, in the dissemination or publication of these statements..."
These same attorneys threatened me with lawsuits, criminal prosecution, and
"swift action" when I first began speaking out about what I know. I've
continued to ignore their threats since December of 1994. Where's the
These briefcase bullies threaten and intimidate, but when their "victim"
stands firm, they slink away with their tail between their legs.
I said this then and I'll say it again now... These people are not going to
sue me or anyone else connected to this investigation.
I hope I'm wrong! A lawsuit would create publicity for the investigation,
the very thing they know they must avoid.
A lawsuit would give me the opportunity to present disclosed and
undisclosed evidence in a court of law. It would expose the truth about
this whole smelly fraud. And a lawsuit would also bring immediate counter
suits. I'm not after their filthy money, but if they really want to flex
their muscles, they better be sure their pants don't fall down.
I'm going to tell the truth about what I know. If these people want to
challenge my right to do that, they know where to serve the papers.
THE SILENT MEDIA
I've been patient with the media. I felt they needed time, given the
somewhat complex nature of this case. After all, I had very little
understanding or knowledge of how editors, news directors, and radio and
television producers make decisions about what to cover in their articles
or broadcasts. I felt I had a lot to learn before I could criticize a
profession I knew so little about.
After a brief look at the manipulation tactics used against the media to
censor this information and keep it from the public, I'll begin the first
in a series of stories about experiences I've had with specific radio,
television, and print media.
If you think everyone involved with the media "industry" has sufficient
incentive to search for the truth behind the stories they cover, you'll be
blown away by what you're about to learn.
THE KROC BLUNDER
"Five minutes. That's all!"
The producer of the Kevin and Bean show, which airs in the morning on the
"World Famous KROQ," 106.7 FM in Los Angeles, was requesting a five minute
on air interview by telephone in early January, 1995.
"Five minutes?" I thought to myself. "No way!"
This was a station that plays a lot of Hole's music. These two guys are
comedians. They make a joke out of everything. Why would they want me for
only five minutes?
Guessing that I was being set up for a sound bite harvest, I told the
producer I'd do an hour minimum, nothing less - and I wanted to meet with
Kevin and Bean the day before to go over what I'd be willing to discuss and
what I wouldn't.
We met at the studio for two hours the day before we went on the air. Kevin
and Bean agreed to allow me to lead the listeners through the events
outlined in the "Summary." I told them that would take up most of the hour.
"No problem." Both Kevin and Bean were friendly and came across as somewhat
supportive, but I had a feeling I was being set-up.
I was right.
Ignoring the discussions and agreements we made the day before, ten minutes
or so into the broadcast I got ambushed with verbal attacks. It was obvious
these guys had a job to do. Fortunately, it was also obvious to the
An hour and a half later, we were still going. The phone lines were all lit
up. The switchboard was full. Kevin and Bean tried to do a hatchet job but
it was backfiring. The majority of the callers were supportive of the
investigation and wanted to hear more.
In spite of constant criticism by these DJs, an attorney called in from his
car phone and said something like, "You're not listening. This guy knows
what he's doing," and then gave them a brief lesson on rules of evidence.
When it came time for me to leave, Kevin and Bean asked if I'd be willing
to come back the next week for a follow-up interview. It was obvious the
listeners wanted more.
"Sure. Anytime," I replied.
Listening to my radio as I drove away from the studio, I heard the DJs
promise their listeners they'd have me back soon and they'd take up the
discussion about this case the next morning as well as take more calls from
So instead of coming across as some kind of conspiracy nut who these guys
could have some "fun" with, the radio audience determined that I was
credible and what I had to say was important.
Oops! What now?
7:00 AM the next morning.
I tuned in to listen to the Kevin and Bean Show. What follows is a
transcript of what I heard. Many who have called the Cobain Info line have
heard the tape of this broadcast, but for those who haven't, this is how it
BEAN - "It's the world famous K-rock, 106.7 KROQ. Kevin and Bean here at
7:37. We do have to take care of some pressing business because we've had
aah, I don't think I'm exaggerating if I say, we've had a lot of phone
calls this morning..."
KEVIN - "Aah, you're not exaggerating at all!"
BEAN - "A lot of phone calls this morning who are looking for some sort of
follow-up on what we devoted the entire show to yesterday which was a
private investigator who was in talking about the death of Kurt Cobain...
"We are being forced, 100% against our will to read this to you. 'Courtney
Love's representatives objected to the contents of yesterday's show. Out of
deference to Miss Love, we are not going to be following up today on any
subjects related to Miss Love the way we might usually do so. We may have
something further to say in the future. Thanks for listening and
"That's basically the total, the sum of what we are being allowed to say on
the air today."
So I was not invited back as they had promised their listeners, and callers
were not allowed to bring up this subject on the air from that day on.
YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO HEAR THIS!
This was a perfect example of how money and power can buy silence, even
though the public wants to hear! This type of censorship is based entirely
on fear of exposure of the truth. The tobacco companies are experts at this
tactic as we've recently seen on C.B.S. and A.B.C.
Most of us are extremely naive when it comes to our beliefs and
understanding of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Listening to Kevin and Bean criticize this investigation on the radio as I
left the studio, I heard one of them comment, "He's got an agenda."
This was simply a weak attempt to discredit my work, but I had to wonder
how "agenda" ever became a four letter word! The Cobain murder
investigation is a unique case. It calls for some unique strategies. Do I
have an agenda? Of course I do! And here it is...
Stop the "Copy-cat" suicides ...
Put Courtney Love on notice...
Set up a forum for releasing information...
Gain support from Cobain's fans for a re-investigation of his death...
Gain support from the parents and other adults who care about Cobain's
Create interest and gain support from a larger segment of the adult
Inspire the media to examine the circumstances surrounding Cobain's death,
and report the details accurately...
Pressure the authorities to re-open this case and have it investigated by
unbiased investigators from another governmental agency...
Supply these new investigators with additional evidence and information...
Assist the authorities with the investigation and subsequent prosecution of
NOT EVERYONE'S A WIMP!
I owe a debt of gratitude to Gil Gross of the Gil Gross Radio Show in New
York, a C.B.S. Radio Network program. Gil was the first to break this
story, although Courtney's attorneys tried their best to keep it from
happening. Gil flew me to New York last December and allowed me to get some
of this information to the public for the first time. Speaking out in a
public forum helped reduce my family's concern over my safety.
Thanks Gil. I won't forget.
AND THEN THERE'S ALLAN HANDELMAN
The bravest and most honorable of the media heroes has been Allan
Handelman. Allan has a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Ignoring
threats by Courtney's attorneys, Allan took the time to study this case. He
realized I had some things to say that needed to be heard. Allan put me on
the air on four different occasions to tell my story and later keep his
audience updated as to the progress of the case.
Response from the Allan Handelman programs has been overwhelming. I've
received letters from listeners all over the country who tuned in to the
Handelman programs. The affiliate radio stations have received hundreds of
calls to their hot-lines requesting more information and expressing
appreciation for covering the story.
Several media sources are seeing through the smoke now. Stories about this
investigation have recently been published not only in the U.S but also in
England, Sweden, Italy, Australia and probably other countries that I
haven't heard about yet.
Publicity is not my personal goal here. But publicity is a necessary goal
for this investigation if we expect to gain a support base with enough
strength to pressure the authorities into re-opening this case.
THE "DREAM MACHINE" HOAX
This phony story is another example of one of the "confusion tactics" being
used in a futile effort to throw a blanket of deception over the truth.
This one, however, is backfiring. Nearly everyone I've spoken with has seen
through this scam immediately.
As the truth begins to surface and the public learns most of what they've
been told about Kurt's death has been false, they've got to come up with
something! So now they want you to believe, after all is said and done...
THE MACHINE MADE HIM DO IT!
Courtney's games are simply becoming a little too obvious.
TEARS, LIES AND
THE BARBARA WALTERS INTERVIEW
There's a lot I could say here, but I'll try to be brief.
It was obvious to most who watched the Barbara Walters Special that Courtney
Love did not belong in the same class with the other individuals featured on the program.
I have to believe someone pulled more than strings to get her on this
show. They must have used a crane with steel cables!
Putting that aside, I felt the segment on Courtney Love did a pretty decent
job of exposing one of this year's "Most Fascinating" con-artists.
The footage of Courtney's stage performance revealed she takes every
opportunity to inject the image of Kurt "shooting himself" into the minds
of her impressionable young fans. No matter what you believe about the
cause of Kurt's death, this charade exploits not only that sad event, but
also the deaths of the others who followed after him.
Bad taste and exploitation are nothing new here. What really matters to
Courtney is that the fans imagine Kurt with his own finger on the trigger.
No pun intended because I don't consider this a joke, but does anyone else
notice the overkill here? This is nothing short of a desperate attempt by a
scared but shrewd "actress" at reinforcing the suicide myth.
Still on drugs?
As you could see from her reaction to the question posed by Barbara
Walters, with all Courtney's experience, she's not a very good liar.
And finally, it's been nearly two years now. No one cries that easily
whenever a camera is on... unless they want to! I can't help but remember
Courtney's unquenchable thirst for publicity and fame will eventually play
a significant role in her downfall.
There's been no word as of this date on the action by Courtney to have my
license suspended or revoked. The State Department Of Consumer affairs just
cashed the check for my bi-annual license renewal, so I have to assume the
attorneys backed off.
I was looking forward to our first legal scuffle over this investigation,
but once again it seems Courtney's attorneys are all bark and no bite!
I'd hate to have their job. It has to be tough trying to keep the lid on
this whole thing!
ABOUT THE SKEPTICS
I've received letters from a few supporters telling me some of their
friends think they're crazy for thinking Kurt did not commit suicide.
This case has been difficult to present because of the extensive details
that need to be compiled, analyzed, and studied. Many who are skeptical
don't have time to read the material carefully. As a result, they tend to
dismiss the investigation without knowing all the facts.
As I mentioned before, this is going to take some time. The media has been
saturated with stories of Cobain's so-called "suicide." Intelligent people
have good reason to be skeptical. But intelligent people will also want to
have an open mind if they care more about truth than the pre- fabricated
media manipulated fantasies that have been rammed down our throats by a
small army of publicity and promotion experts.
IT'S ALL COMING TOGETHER!
A great deal of the mail I'm receiving comes from readers who say, "Finally
this whole thing is beginning to make some sense." However, some of the
"experts" are trying to tell us that it's sometimes easier to accept a
murder "theory" than the reality of suicide. Based on my own experience
with this type of work, I have to agree.
But murders do happen and they're often made to look like a suicide. I
suggest the "experts" take the time to study this particular case
carefully, from all angles, before passing judgment on those who have taken
the time to do so.
THE MESSAGE IS GETTING THROUGH !
Dear Mr. Grant,
I am new to the Internet, and I was fooling around yesterday, looking for
Nirvana links, when I found the reports from your investigation. They took
my breath away. Like a lot of other Nirvana fans, I never could quite
accept that Kurt killed himself, but I never knew that there was so much
evidence against it.
When I first heard about your investigation in 1994, I thought that you
were just some whacko trying to get your 15 minutes of fame. However, now
that I know about you and the case, I know I could not have been more
wrong. You truly want to find out the truth about Kurt's death. I just want
you to know that I, and many other people who felt the same pains Kurt did
deep in their souls, support you 100%...
I have battled depression and alienation throughout my life. Nirvana was
like a life raft for me, knowing there was someone else out there who went
through the same things I did, and seemed to be winning the war. After his
death, I seriously considered suicide for a time. Kurt seemed like the most
stubborn guy in the world. If the world had finally beaten him down,
someone so talented and successful, what chance did I stand?
Now I know, as I always felt, that he didn't give in. But the world was
only too eager to file him away as just another f__ked up druggie who
pissed his life away. It fit the script perfectly.
It's obvious that the Seattle police did this, the media did this, society
at large did this. They believed what they wanted to believe. They played
right into Courtney's hands, and it makes me sick. She was nothing before
Kurt, and she knew she'd be nothing again without him. All of her
grandstanding, her refusal to let Kurt's soul rest in peace, shows that she
is more than a little too focused on reminding everyone that Kurt was HER
husband and SHE'S supposedly the one who was hurt the most by his death.
But she sure seemed more than willing to just keep right on going with her
career with hardly a pause of mourning.
Unlike Krist and Dave, who avoided the media for a long time after, she was
more than willing to talk to the media and make her "grief" public. It
didn't seem odd to me at the time, but now it's awfully suspicious.
I'm sorry if this letter was long and rambling, but I just wanted to let
you know how I feel, and how a lot of other people feel. And if only more
people knew the facts, they too would want to see the case re-opened. I'm
looking forward to seeing your next update in the future, and I hope that
the forces trying to stop you don't succeed.