A Seattle area judge took conspiracy theorist Richard Lee to task for his disgusting request to have photos of Kurt Cobain’s deceased body released to the public, and his desire to take a look at the autopsy.
[Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain] had the support of Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes, who said that while he regularly advocates for opening records to the public, he felt death scenes are “out-of-bounds. … No one should worry whether they’ll happen upon photos of a family member’s body as they scroll through their social media feed.”
What the court ruling said:
Lee was taken to task for a weak case; again he was representing himself, but the decision detailed the legal precedent that holds releasing death-scene images can violate the rights of family members. The judge also dismissed Lee’s requests to access a number of other confidential documents related to Cobain’s death. For instance, autopsies are confidential under state law.
Cobain was found dead on April 8, 1994, after disappearing from drug rehab. Love had said he was suicidal, and the autopsy ruled that he had died by a single gunshot wound to the head and that he had taken a huge amount of heroin. However, a private investigator, hired by Love when Cobain went missing, got the conspiracy theories started by claiming Cobain was murdered because he had so much heroin in his system he wouldn’t have been able to pull the trigger. Speculation grew from there — his death has its own Wikipedia page — and it has been a profitable business, with books and films examining some of the possibilities.
When will the conspiracy nuts finally give it up?