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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Morning News: SPD Found a Bunch of Undeveloped Photos of Kurt Cobain's Suicide Sitting on a Shelf

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM

KURT COBAINS CLOTHES AND DRUGS The drugs are in the box.
  • Seattle Police Department
  • KURT COBAIN'S PERSONAL EFFECTS A previously unseen photo released yesterday by SPD. There's a close-up of the cigar box with the lid lifted at the end of this post.

SPD Found Rolls of Photos of Kurt Cobain's Suicide that Had Never Been Developed: So they developed them. Good idea! "KIRO 7 first reported that police developed four rolls of film that had been sitting in a Seattle police evidence vault for years... They show the scene more clearly than the earlier Polaroid photos taken by investigators." Way to go with the spring cleaning, SPD! Twenty years, huh? Wow, that's... that's a long time. Just sitting there? Detective Mike Ciesynski says they won't be releasing all the new photos. “What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound? How’s that going to benefit anybody?" Good call, Mike.

Microsoft Can Read Your Private Messages without a Court Order: "A legal case filed this week against a former Microsoft employee shows the power these companies themselves have to snoop on their customers whenever they want to." Edward Wasserman of UC Berkeley tells the New York Times, “I have never seen a case like this."

Attacks and Suicide Bombings in Iraq Today: At least 38 people are dead.

Those Blurry Blobs Were Nothing in the Search for Missing Plane: Or at least they can't find the blurry blobs, but the hopeful hunt for blurry blobs continues. Blobs can be so deceiving. And blobs can drift around for hundreds of miles. Also weather conditions have been "extremely bad, with rough seas and high winds, and with poor visibility." Yesterday, Australia's prime minister described the blobs as "the first tangible breakthrough in what up till now has been an utterly baffling mystery," although "tangible" and "breakthrough" clearly don't mean what he thinks they mean. The search for anything related to the plane, literally anything at all, is entering its third week.

Surveillance Video of the Helicopter Taking Off in Downtown Seattle: Might help investigators figure out what happened on Tuesday. They also "took samples of the railing around the KOMO rooftop helipad."

Guy on Drugs in Seattle Went Climbing on a Sewage Tank Last Night and Fell In: "Firefighters rescued a man who somehow fell into a tank full of untreated sewage Thursday evening at Seattle's Discovery Park," KOMO/ reports. "He said he did not know what happened to his girlfriend, and he was afraid she also had fallen into the tank. Firefighters searched and found her walking on the beach."

In Far More Gruesome Drug News: "A sentencing date has been set for a Washington state man who pleaded guilty to beating and stabbing his 3-year-old son to death in a field in southwestern Montana, possibly while under the influence of an overdose of a prescribed stimulant."

As You've Probably Heard by Now, Fred Phelps Died Yesterday, on Mr. Rogers's Birthday: His death was long overdue, obviously, but it was kinda fitting that it happened yesterday, considering Phelps had protested at Mr. Rogers's funeral. (Why? Because Phelps believed Mr. Rogers "gave aid and comfort to homosexuals... His syrupy teachings led millions astray. He was a wuss and he was an enabler of wusses.") As Danielle said on Slog yesterday, "I feel like the best way to combat the poisonous bigotry Fred Phelps put into the world before he died would be to support some of our fantastic LGBT organizations. He would fucking HATE that." Hear, hear!

Speaking of Danielle Henderson: She just got a promotion!

Conner Habib Was Inspired by Sherman Alexie: For the structure of his Stranger piece this week about being a porn star. If you're curious and you've never read it, here's Alexie's piece about not being a porn star.

Police Say Man at Walmart Sucked a Woman's Toes: In the suspect's defense, what else is there to do in North Carolina?

In Lighter News, Have You Noticed the New York Times Is on a Bug Kick? Tweets like these keep landing in my hand.

That first tweet landed in my hand the other night when I was on my way out of The Grand Budapest Hotel... which, can I just say, uhhhh, yeah, it's good, it's okay, but it's a confection, which I guess makes sense because they're eating confections throughout the thing, but it's too long to be a confection. It's like a sustained sugar headache. With violence. Nothing's quite as funny as its striving to be, and by the time we get to Owen Wilson it's like Jesus Christ end this fucking movie. The best part is Tilda Swinton looking like this, but that only lasts about three minutes.

As Promised, That Other New Photo: Released yesterday by SPD.

LIFTING THE LID On Cobains box.
  • Seattle Police Department


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seatackled 1
Detective Mike Ciesynski says they won't be releasing all the new photos. “What are people going to gain from seeing pictures of Kurt Cobain laying on the ground with his hair blown back, with blood coming out of his nose and trauma to his eyes from a penetrating shotgun wound? How’s that going to benefit anybody?"

That quotation sounds like it comes from an Onion article.
Posted by seatackled on March 21, 2014 at 9:22 AM · Report this
@1 -- Right? Says he's not going to release the photo and then goes on to describe it in photographic detail. That said, at least he's not releasing the photo: If there's any tiny smidgen of privacy left to give the guy, we ought to give it to him.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on March 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Blobs are simple and Blobs are straight
Blobs are lazy and Blobs are late
Blobs all come with points of view
Blobs don't do what I want them to
Blobs just twist the truth around
Blobs are living turned inside out
Blobs are getting the best of them
Blobs are nothing on the face of things
Blobs don't stain the furniture
Blobs go out and slam the door
Blobs are written all over your face
Blobs continue to change their shape
Posted by HW3 on March 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
The irony of ANY staff from the stranger, especially an editor, commenting on the decency of refraining from publishing gory photos - after the Stranger published the autopsy photos of that Dawn girl - is fucking RICH.
Posted by glurbllll on March 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
MrBaker 5
North Carolina has NHL hockey, that's what else there is to do there.
Posted by MrBaker on March 21, 2014 at 10:52 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 6

I looked into my soul the other night, and realized The Stranger being laughably hypocritical is old old old news. Yet it's worth repeating.
Posted by dnt trust me on March 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7
Dee dee ♫ dee-dee dee..♫..cigar shaped box....♫ ♫

Nope, not quite right. From the
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM · Report this
Saw a post mortem photo on then internet in 96/97 and wish I could unsee it to this day. An acquaintance had very different taste in web sites XP
Posted by z00maz00m on March 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
stinkbug 9
You're completely wrong about Grand Budapest Hotel, philistine.
Posted by stinkbug on March 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM · Report this
JonnoN 10
@6, feel free to fuck off and never come back.
Posted by JonnoN on March 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 11
And the Biltmore Estate, nice beach resorts, Ashland, and brisk air mountain retreats.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 12
Unfortunately, I cannot defined Microsoft in this case. Tsk tsk.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
It would be fucking awesome if it turned out that Richard Lee was right about everything.
Posted by CasinoIndian on March 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Just think - If this is the quality of investigation that goes into a high profile celebrity case, imagine how many shits they don't give for the death of an average schlub.
Posted by spiderplanet on March 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 15
From our point of view in the age of digital photos, another 60+ images are nothing. Of course we want those extra 60 pics. What's another 50 megabytes? Why not?

It never even occurs to us to consider that they're redundant and not worth the cost of developing and printing, or the man hours spent going through them. It makes sense to have shot the film, because it would be there just in case, if they needed to decide any disputes.

But no real dispute -- only imaginary ones -- ever arose in the Cobain suicide so they didn't waste money developing the film. The Polaroids they had clearly showed what happened and nobody looked at any of the Polaroids and said "Gee, I can't quite make out what this is. Got anything better?" Except stoners and their conspiracy blogs.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM · Report this

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