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Soaked in Bleach: A documentary that speaks the truth


It’s Tuesday, April 5, 1994. Every news and radio channel is covering the same story, none with a definitive answer. It was reported that a body was found in east Seattle with self-inflicted shotgun wounds to the head. Once again, another young soul unexpectedly joined the infamous 27-club. Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide was a shock to his close friends but to some, it was expected.

Twenty-three years later, most people agree that Cobain’s death was a suicide. A mix of a severe heroin addiction, depression, and life in the limelight seemed to be too much for Cobain. People point out how his lyrics were solemn and dark, and that he seemed to always struggle with depression. These factors, on top of having around a $200-per-day heroin habit, could have just resulted in a recipe for disaster. But Tom Grant—the investigator who worked on Cobain’s case—strongly says otherwise.

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Soaked in Bleach is a documentary directed by Benjamin Statler addressing the theories surrounding Cobain’s case. The Cobain case is retold by Tom Grant, who was hired by Courtney Love when she reported that her husband (Cobain) had gone missing. This film shares evidence with viewers including phone records, letters, and investigation files that don’t point to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, but instead a brutal act of homicide.

Although this documentary can lend itself to personal bias, Soaked in Bleach does show a significant amount of evidence that viewers cannot simply push to the side. Some of the most convincing evidence comes from the data the forensics report provided. Cobain was found with a shotgun wound to the head, and also with three times the lethal dose of heroin in his system. If someone was trying to commit suicide with a gun, injecting that much heroin would put that person in an almost paralyzed state. The data states that it would be nearly impossible for Cobain to lift the shotgun, turn it backwards to face himself, and pull the trigger.

Whether someone believes Cobain’s death was a suicide or murder, Soaked in Bleach is a captivating and intriguing analysis of the Cobain case, while the conclusion still allows the viewers to choose what to believe for themselves.


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