Kurt Cobain's Death Scene Photos may be Released

July 31, 2015
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Today (July 31st) a Seattle judge with hear arguments to whether or not to proceed with a trail that may result in the release of the graphic photos of Kurt Cobain's death. Although the official cause of Cobain's death has been ruled as a suicide, conspiracy theorist Richard Lee is suing the city to prove his theory that there never was a gunshot wound.

Although it has been 21 years since the Nirvana frontman's death, the photos of his death have never been released to the public. Both his widow Courtney Love and his daughter Francis Bean Cobain are fighting to keep it that way.

In Francis' official court declaration, "I once saw mock photos depicting my father's body," she says. "That experience irreparably scarred me. I cried for days afterward. Those horrible images still haunt me. I cannot imagine how terrible it would be knowing that the photographs that Mr. Lee seeks were public, and that I or any of my loved ones, including my father's mother and sisters, might inadvertently see them. Release and publication of the photographs would shock me and exacerbate the post traumatic stress that I have suffered since childhood."

Her declaration continues, "Releasing the photographs would physically endanger me and my mother. My mother and I both receive a constant stream of death threats from very disturbed individuals who are obsessed with my father. Once, a stalker broke into my home while I was on vacation, and laid in wait for three days. This person's twisted explanation was that he was meant to be with me because my father's soul had entered his body."

Courtney Love's declaration reads, "I am routinely called a murderer and receive death threats by conspiracy-theory obsessed individuals who believe I was somehow involved in my husband's death, and the public release of these images would only exacerbate such activity and further endanger my safety."

The man behind this lawsuit is conspiracy-theorist Richard Lee, who runs a public access talk show called Now See it Person to Person: Kurt Cobain was Murdered. He is suing both the city and the Seattle police department for the records and photos detailing Cobain's death under the state's Public Records Act. He is declaration also cites for the public's free access to photos of the deaths of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy.

"(The Public Records Act) does not provide a forum, as Lee would have it, for litigating personal theories about Kurt Cobain's death," says Assistant City Attorney Mary Perry in a request for a dismissal or summary judgement. "Allegations concerning the adequacy of an investigation do not warrant disclosure of information that would violate an individual's right to privacy."

In spite of this, Lee remains optimistic in his claims and has even chosen to act as his own lawyer in this case. "These are the intricacies of civil law and this is a technical challenge," says Lee. "My understanding is that I will clear this hurdle."

(source: Loudwire)