It's been 22 years since Kurt Cobain's body was discovered in his Seattle home and the private investigator hired by Courtney Love is still convinced she played a part in the Nirvana singer’s death. Tom Grant told the Daily News he believes Courtney Love is a “psychopath” and a “sociopath.” Grant claims that "Love was involved in a conspiracy in the death of Kurt Cobain."
Grant, a former detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department who is now retired, ultimately came to that conclusion citing several motives - one most likely being money and Cobain's supposed plans to leave Love, by the end of 1994.
The investigator, who has shared that opinion for more than two decades, believes the official cause of death should be changed from suicide to undetermined, and that the controversial case should be reopened.
Love initially called him for help in locating Cobain on April 3, 1994. The singer left a drug rehab center in Marina Del Rey, California two days before and was reported missing (by Love) shortly thereafter.
"I don't believe that Courtney Love should be arrested and charged with murder. I'm just giving my opinion," Grant said. "I've been places, I've been in situations, I've heard things, I've experienced things that nobody else has in this case."
Grant flew to Seattle to begin compiling evidence, a majority of which he gathered while traveling around the city with Dylan Carlson, Cobain's "best friend."
After the Nirvana singer's body was found on April 8, 1994, one night after Grant and Carlson searched the residence for him, the investigator went into overdrive to find answers.
From then on out, what Grant considers to the erratic behavior of Love, combined with interviews with several people close to Cobain (such as Love's former entertainment attorney Rosemary Carroll) claiming the grunge rocker was not suicidal, led Grant to believe foul play was involved in his death.
But Grant doesn't just single out at Love.
"The case was not investigated properly," Grant said, noting that the medical examiner concluded suicide as the cause of death one day after Cobain's body was found. "How can they possibly know that he committed suicide when they didn't even have the toxicology report back?"
Grant's evidence, in both written and audio form, has lived on his website CobainCase.com since 1995.
Shortly after the site launched, Grant learned how to run it himself, and has been updating it with information ever since. It now features a complete case study available to download for free, which includes his own personal tape recordings from the investigation and parts of the official police report.
Since last summer, when Benjamin Statler's documentary "Soaked in Bleach," which chronicles Grant's investigation, was released, there's been a lot to update.
The monumental development that came out of the documentary was that Norm Stamper, the Chief of the Seattle Police Department when Cobain died, admitting that the case should be reopened.
Love’s attorneys issued a cease and desist letter to theaters prior to the film’s release, threatening legal action if “Soaked in Bleach” was screened.
“The Film falsely presents a widely and repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory that accuses Ms. Cobain of orchestrating the death of her husband Kurt Cobain,” the letter read.
Despite the threatening letter, there are no reports that Love ever followed through with legal action.
The film is currently available on Netflix.
Last month, Seattle PD released photos of the shotgun they believe Cobain took his own life with to combat what Grant says in "Bleach," that the weapon had been melted down.
Grant points out he only believed the gun was destroyed because that's what Love, who did not return phone calls or emails seeking her comment for this story, continuously told the press. It's not the first time he's felt slighted.
"I haven't enjoyed any part of this," he said. "I feel embarrassed. When I was interviewed by Matt Lauer once, I was actually embarrassed knowing that there were millions of people out there just rolling their eyes going 'this guy is just a nutcase.' But I had to do what I believed in."
The investigator no longer keeps in contact with people closely related to the case, but wouldn't mind one day talking to Love and Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there comes a time in the future where Frances is going to start putting things together and figuring it out and changing her opinion about the whole thing," he said. "I'd love to get a phone call from her some day."
Grant still holds out hope that Seattle PD will one day take a harder look at Cobain's death.
"I always have to believe that we'll reach our goal (of getting the case re-opened). I said from the very beginning this was going to be a long process because of what we were up against. I didn't think it was going to take this long," he said.
"I think if somebody would've come along like Ben Statler in the first four or five years and done this documentary ("Soaked in Bleach"), we would've made a lot more progress a lot faster than what we did."