Monday, June 29, 2015
On the Growing Media Attention Regarding Norm Stamper's Testimony in Soaked In Bleach
Recent widespread media attention to Norm Stamper's momentous assertion in Soaked In Bleach that he would re-open the Cobain case if he were Chief again is an extremely positive development. Stamper's impassioned and entirely justified assertion – including his claim that the behavioral patterns of "key individuals who had a motive to see Kurt Cobain dead" should have been studied – is big news and to not give attention to it would be journalistically negligent.
Yet it's important to keep in mind that the evidentiary basis justifying the re-opening of the case has been publicly and rationally put forth by Tom Grant for over twenty years. There really is no reason, given the availability of the evidence for the last two decades, that questions bearing on Cobain's death should not have been “big news” in 1994, as well.
Ideally, the legitimacy of the evidence would stand on its own, irrespective of who the speaker is.
That all said, the growing media attention with regard to Stamper's courageous and powerful words in Soaked In Bleach is an outstanding development, and is exactly what the case, and Kurt Cobain, deserves.