.. as after Courtney Love told the public he might have “additional information.” (Amirault) There are also suspicious circumstances involving the death of Seattle rocker, Eldon Hoke Hoke went on a walk to the liquor store with someone that his roommates had never met before. (Hoke was a heavy alcoholic.) El Duce, as Hoke was also known was later found crushed to death on the railroad tracks. This was eight days after talking to Nick Broomfield. What Hoke said is a key piece of evidence in this case.
Hoke said that Love told him, “My old man’s been a real a**hole lately. I need you to blow his f*****g head off.” To which Hoke responded, “Are you serious?” Love replied, “Yeah, I’m as serious as a heart attack. I’ll give you fifty thousand dollars to blow his f*****g head off. Make it look like a suicide.” (Katz) This alone would not be very convincing evidence given the sketchy personality of El Duce. He was an alcoholic and into porno-rock.
The most convincing detail is that Hoke passed a polygraph test given by Dr. Edward Gelb, a leading polygraph expert. His clientele includes O.J. Simpson. According to Gelb, Hoke’s story is completely truthful. Also the idea that Hoke’s testimony is not worth noting since he didn’t have the best personality possible is ludicrous.
Courtney Love did a smart thing by hiring someone whom she can always discredit because of his personality. In a battle of your word against mine, Hoke would probably lose every time except when he passes a lie detector test. The facts in this case point to a homicide, rather than a suicide. In the “suicide note” there are no references to suicide until the end where the handwriting seems to differ. The letter instead seems like a letter announcing the breakup of Nirvana.
In the letter Cobain says such things as, “I haven’t felt the excitement..creating music..for many years now.” and “Sometimes I feel as if I should have a punch-in time clock before I walk out on stage.” (internet shrine) The only blatant reference to suicide comes after Cobain signs his name. The writing also appears larger and doesn’t seem to be the same writing. The “suicide” note is the key piece of evidence that points to suicide and many question its validity. The evidence other than the “suicide” note suggest that Kurt Cobain was murdered. After Cobain’s death, someone tried to use one of Kurt’s credit cards repeatedly.
The next key piece of evidence is the lack of fingerprints. That includes the shotgun, the shotgun shells, and the pen used to write the “suicide” note. One of the pivotal reasons to look at Courtney Love as a murder suspect is her attitude in this whole encounter. She had the gun used in the shooting destroyed. Love had Cobain cremated.
She also destroyed the “suicide” note he wrote from the Rome incident when he overdosed on pills. Love also refuses to sue any person or company for libel despite the allegations of her being a murderer. The most important sign of homicide comes from Roger Lewis’, “Dead Men Don’t Pull Triggers: Observations on the Death of Kurt Cobain.” In the essay, Roger Lewis states his belief in the homicide of Kurt Cobain because of the extreme dosage of morphine (heroin turns into morphine when it enters the system) in Kurt Cobain’s system. Cobain had 1.52 milligrams of morphine per liter of blood. This is about three times the lethal dose for even the most severe user.
With that level of morphine, Cobain probably had about 230 mg of heroin. That much heroin would lead to immediate and complete incapacitation or immediate death. The lethal dose of heroin has been known to go as low as 3 mg. The essay also includes a study of 3,586 heroin-related suicides. None of which involved a gun with the heroin, although some homicide cases studied paralleled Cobain’s case. Very simply, Lewis’ essay states there is no way Kurt Cobain could have pulled the trigger of a gun due to the extremely high level of morphine.
This evidence leads to the conclusion someone else pulled the trigger. Many people look so distinctively at the black and white of an issue, they fail to see the gray. To them, Kurt Cobain and death equals suicide. It makes sense. I, myself was guilty of believing this when I heard of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. It was a forgone conclusion.
That’s the attitude the police took into the investigation and that is why a murderer is on the loose. All the circumstantial evidence can be contributed to a conspiracy theory. It often happens when anyone famous dies. According to some, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hoffa, and Tupac Shakur never did die. This is a whole different story.
In this case, there is concrete, scientific fact. There is no way Kurt Cobain could have pulled the trigger to end his life. The only person devious enough to do that was Courtney Love. On second thought, she was even worse because she sent someone else to do her dirty work. She already had one failed attempt with Eldon Hoke and with her marriage and financial stability coming into question she tried a second time and it worked to perfection.
She was never implicated. The murder looked like a suicide and Courtney basked in the warm glow of the spotlight of Hollywood. The evidence is all there and someday the case will be reopened as a homicide case, but until that day we must see the shades of gray and believe in an unbelievably bizarre and sickening truth of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. By the way, the person who started the ‘a**hole’ chant at Cobain’s vigil was Courtney Love. Bibliography Page Amirault, Andrew. “The Murder of Kurt Cobain.” Online. Tiacnet.
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4 Jan. 1998. Available http://web.globalserve.net/~artnet/dmdpt97f/html. Wallace, Max and Ean Halperin. Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Mysterious Death of an Icon. May Wallace: 1999.