Music Writer Jessica Hopper Was Staying At The Cobain Estate In April 1994

Written by | November 13, 2015 5:39 | 24 responses


Jessica Hopper


Jessica Hopper is a music journalist, she writes for Pitchfork among other publications and she recently reviewed Grimes’ ‘Art Angels’ and gave it a 8.5… May be she has bad tastes, after all she participated into this Stephin Merritt bashing in 2006, posting this entry on her blog… She wrote a book from a female rock critic perspective, but this is not why I am interested by her… curiously she was very much involved in some very famous events which occurred 21 years ago in Seattle.and had a huge impact on music.

Yes, curiously Jessica Hopper was staying at Kurt Cobain’s house when he died, because she was the girlfriend of Michael ‘Cali’ DeWitt, the Cobains’ male nanny. So Jessica got very close and personal with the Cobains, Cali was a former roadie with Courtney’s band Hole, and he was originally hired as a nanny for Frances,… some say he was also an heroin addict and thus they could continue their drug use and be sure he would not alert the authorities.

Here is the timeline of the events according to biographer Charles R. Cross: Kurt was home on Saturday, April 2nd, only 6 days before he was found dead, and went to Cali’s room around 6 am, sat on the end of the bed and even sang ‘Hey skinhead girl’ to Jessica, who asked him to call Courtney because ‘she was freaking out’. They made a call but Courtney wasn’t taking any calls. … ‘Over the next two days there were scattered sightings of Kurt.’

On Monday April 4th, Cali had left the house for the evening, and Jessica heard noises around midnight: ‘I heard footsteps upstairs and in the hall’, she recalled. ‘They were walking with a purpose, you know, not tip-toeing about, so I assumed it was Kurt.’ She called out ‘hello’, but got no answer.

On Tuesday afternoon, Hole’s Eric Erlandson was sent by Courtney to the house to look for Kurt. However, Erlandson and the couple didn’t think about searching the garage or the greenhouse. Courtney pretends she continued to phone home, but her calls went unanswered. On the night of Wednesday, April 6th, private detective Tom Grant who had been hired by Courtney Love, flew to Seattle.

Cobain’s body was found on April 8th but, according to the police report, Cali was transported by taxi from the Cobain home to the airport the day before, on Thursday, April 7th, whereas Jessica had left for Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 6th. According to Charles Cross, by all accounts, she was present when Erlandson arrived at the estate the day before.

The most interesting part of the story is that both departures were precipitated and Hopper claimed she was very distressed, vomiting in the driveway while departing the estate: ‘I was sick for two days when I got back because I was such a mess.’ What could have make her so sick? Was she on drugs? Did she see something? She never said anything more than this but it is extremely strange and very convenient that they both left just before the body was discovered. She was probably one of the last persons to speak to Kurt before he died, however the police has never interviewed her?

Very recently she was asked about the events of April 1994 by a journalist during her book tour in Dublin, and you can listen to her distraught answer here… or rather lack of answer. Hopper became very upset, she broke down, cried and avoided the question. Why is she still so upset about something which happened 20 years ago and why can’t she even talk about it? What were these footsteps she heard upstairs? Even Courtney Love is not crying when she talks about her husband’s death…

Jessica Hopper has always admired Courtney Love, who took her under her wings when she was just a teenager, as for Cali, he reportedly worships Love too and was following her everywhere at the time, mostly because he could get free heroin?

A few weeks later, Tom Grant says Courtney told him that she gave Cali $30,000 to go to a rehab somewhere back east, and that she was angry because he took his girlfriend with him. Many people think that Cali was involved in Cobain’s death or at least that he knows much more than he has said so far… what a mess this story is… But despite all this (or may be because of Courtney Love’s generous wings) Jessica Hopper has written for the Chicago Reader, Spin, LA Weekly, The Village Voice,, Punk Planet and currently works as the editor-in-chief at The Pitchfork Review. Listen to her

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24 Responses to “Music Writer Jessica Hopper Was Staying At The Cobain Estate In April 1994”

  1. Barbara Wolf

    How bout you come clean Jessica and finally tell what you really know! Courtney paved and paid your way all these years, why? A real journalist tells the truth. …. what or who ate you hiding?

  2. GrungeQueen

    Jessica Hopper knows exactly what happened to Kurt. There are too many people involved in this cover-up, it is enormous. If she was a decent human being, she would come forward and tell the truth about what happened, obviously, she is just another money-hungry degenerate. Kurt Cobain was beyond all of these low-life’s, they are all making money today because of him.
    He had more talent and compassion than each and every one of these PATHETIC losers combined. They will all burn in hell for what they did.
    Karma is a bitch!!

    • Jennifer

      Its not Karma its God She worships Buddah There is no Buddah she will be in hell no matter what, Its sad because no one has done her in. Im talking about Courtney, Everything i wrote is about Courtney that sick think!!!

      • Matt D Fisher

        Ya this shit pisses me off big time, I’ve always thought she had him killed, th I those three murders cali, Jessica, love, and u would thank California, or Jessica would come clean before they die, so that bitch can rot in prison love, and use fans of he’s can see he’s all good and we know the truth,

        : : sincerely,

    • Mike kick

      What do you mean they’re making money? Courtney’s a nobody, she’ll do a cameo here and there but shes pretty much a nobody. she could’ve gained more wealth and fame than she could ever imagined if he was still alive. Everyone else like Cali and Jessica and Dylan were just loyal to her bc she supplied them with heroin.

  3. sudon't

    Oh, brother. “Why is she still so upset about something which happened 20 years ago and why can’t she even talk about it?” Probably because dingbats like you never quit asking insinuating and offensive questions about people she cared about. I’ve only read this one article and already I never want to hear about it again.

  4. Matthew Richer

    Jessica Hopper knows a great deal about Kurt Cobain’s final days and refuses to reveal the facts. Her claim that Kurt Cobain “was like family to me” is laughable. She was just a teenager at the time and had only met Kurt a handful of times. The reality is that Jessica Hopper was Courtney Love’s most devoted groupie during the early 90s (and in many ways, still is). For example, Courtney arranged for Jessica to write a derogatory review of a Foo Fighters album for SPIN when she was just 20 (Not bad for someone who didn’t even attend college). More recently, Jessica landed a position as Editorial Director at MTV (which has always been slavishly pro-Courtney). I guess loyalty to Courtney has its rewards. As for loyalty to Kurt, clearly Jessica Hopper has none.

    • k

      Hey Matt, I have some interesting things about the crime scene utube cadomo sting just search cobain logic on utube

  5. Huber Sergio

    Ja, still the same “new facts” since.. 1995!!! Nothing is new,also if many circumstances where strange.. but when you saw,heard what Kurt was telling, it was allready clear what will happen to this suffering man with depressions,heavy addiction to smack etc. who told in interviews that he tried to suicide before and that it is an opportunity anyway. He exactly knew what he did,also the legacy he creats while dying with 27..
    Sure,people do know more about the suicide.but they where heavy smack junkies like genius Kurt. And where I life, pre-judge makes nobody guilty!!!

    • P.L.

      No offense intended Huber, but first off, you’re on the Internet, I’m pretty sure you can use it to check spelling and grammar. Yeah, pretty sure.

      Second, watch soaked in bleach, or better yet, go search for all official documentation and photographs yourself. I mean, I’ve never done heroin before, but luckily there are already medical studies to show that the amount of heroin found in Kurt’s system (go look at the toxicology report) makes it physically impossible for Kurt to have neatly packed away his drug paraphinelia, picked up the shot gun and shoot himself in the head.

      Also he wasn’t depressed. But you don’t have to believe me, go do your own research which should be “more unbiased”, because I don’t think you’ll believe anyone who tells you otherwise, as it seems you’ve kind of made up your mind.

      • Mike kick

        That movie was nothing but “here say” these people were all junkies saying whatever comes to their mind. All that movie proves was how much of a lunatic and drug addict Courtney was.

  6. Kee

    Just watched Soaked In Bleach for the first time on Saturday. I can’t believe this case is not being re-opened. I also saw an older film about it with that El Duce guy saying that Courtney was offering $50k… It’s sad that everyone just sums it up as another junkie suicide.

  7. Carolyn crneck

    Well the way I see it is Courtney is missing out on the love of her life.. The only man who really loved her for real and the loneliness of never being able to kiss, hold , or touch Kurt again in this life and that my friends is enough punishment, no crime goes unanswered, you may be able to abstruct justice by paying off those involved, however you can not run from God, he sees all crimes committed and vengence is his.. You shall reap what you sow..

  8. Bob

    It does not matter if it happened a hundred years ago. Murder is murder, and even Jessica, sure made it big. Speak up bitch. As if you did not hear the shotgun, or as if you did not do heroine, as your nasty boyfriend did. As if you did not hear the set up and after crap. As if you did not know about the greenhouse. So now you have got designer bags and shoes. Guaranteed they are all guilty, and hope case is opened and they all go to prison. Integral people need the jobs you have and gigs you get. Move over. And your ex boyfriend does a creepy art show on it, and ones call a psychopathic expose…art!!! Chuck an A..nasty ass evils and industry. Give Kurt respect, as what a suffering horrific way to die, and then be mutilated at the funeral home..sick.phucks!!..thanks to all doing research and blogs, putting the pressure on, for years. So disgusting these evil savages got away with, drugs, album assets and sales…you sold your soul for Courtney witch and Getty…my gosh..sure shows, be careful who you hang with and font do hard drugs..those drugs and greed being out the psycho sadistic murderer destroy drive in ones..that’s for sure. I ran those music scene es as a teen and I was sickened then, by what I witnessed. The River Phoenix death is weird as ctap, too. So drunk and drugged, he fell on me at his private shows on his land in Micamoy , Fl. His friend, Susie Q, family, friends did not ever get concerned. I thought he was going to die on me, one time. I’m Like 16 years old, doing first aid and nursing on a log, as all partied on. Moved a couple months later, he was dead. Keanu Revved had gone to Grille as a band and friend to River. So not surprised he died as seemed overdosed all the time, and no one would listen to me. I had more sense and mind, heart than a around me, older. His bro, Leaf, was often in same messed up state. Then moved to west coast and saw the same off, creepy vibe around this crew, and I thought that Kurt would die, too..and did..the vibe does not lie…around both as a teen..a Boone to them..but I picked up the creepy vibes of red flag and my I tuition of death was CORRECT..shocked the crap out of me, both times, for it to happen…dang ass creepy inusic scenes, common to music, but sure learned that energy is either a intelligence innate or an evil….

  9. Bob

    The daughter, raised around such evil and all the getting dang weird , too. What an insult that her sweet @6 theme was suicide. Not just about Kurt, but all the teens that copycat and suicide!!!! The same weird manager that has messed up other celebs, just kidnapped him and Courtney and daughter doing some strange warning with him. He’s dumb to stay around this. More crimes are going g to occur with the Frances B divorce and or the anxiety of the Kurt murder being stitred up..when ones vet away with much evil, they jump right back to it under fear of expose, jail and money loss. Trust me, my intuition was CORRECT twice as a teen..something wicked is coming…I’d bet a billion does not lie or hide but raises it’s ugly head when pricked..
    ©®™℅ church of bob

  10. Joe Schmoe

    Cali and Jessica heard the shot. He was to freaked to goto the greenhouse so she went and found the body. They called Courtney then they needed to get all Of The bad stuff out of the house before Seattle police found evidence of drug use. Courtney called Veca Elec. To put up security lights so that it would appear that the electrician found him.

  11. M

    I noticed something most people would miss or overlook about the crime scene and that noome has yet mentioned… After reviewing photos and scretches with items in the room labeled, it’s become plainly obvious to me, from personal experience with what Kurt struggled with, that if he had shot up in that room, them where is the water source… Yes I see there is a sink at the back of the room, but there is no bottle, no glass, no cup to be found anywhere; I can tell you that Heroin users always have something to put fresh water in, and once in a cup or bottle it is then drawn up with the syringe. Nobody pulls up into a syringe direct from a faucet unless there is absolutely no way to put the water into a container. And seeing how Kurt was at home and had his kit readily available with all the essentials it makes no sense that he wouldn’t have a bottle for water there beside the kit. Some may argue he could have used the spoon to put the water in, but users don’t do that because it doesn’t fit with the ritual of use, a user uses a certain CC of water per specific out mg of Heroin, usually users will not use beyond 100CC, and most Ive known never go beyond 50CC. So putting the water in the spoon before adding Heroin is unusual, and especially doing so direct from a tap, and water is never if ever added from direct from a tap to a spoon with Heroin already in it because of the likelihood of losing Heroin to splashing over the sides and the inability to precisely control the amount, the CC units being used. The lack of a water container or any standing water at the scene is highly suspect to me.

    • M

      Sorry for the typos. I would proofread of it wasn’t so damn hard to edit using my smartphone after I’ve typed something. Hope the meanings not lost.

    • David Jefferson

      I have been thinking the exact same goddamn think about the water source since I read the case file and saw the police file photos. Where the fuck is the water source. If he took it from that sink it would be ungodly sickly looking water if it had not run for awhile. The missing water bottle, the multiple brands of cigarettes, and the items he had to have contact with mysteriously are found with no prints. All this bullshit adds up to foul play but no one in comand seems to give a shit. Just another dead junkie rock star right?? Fucking people need to stand up.

  12. barabajagal

    That is a good observation that makes total sense. Any thoughts on the towels on the floor? Was one something that could be used as a compression wrap? They just seemed out of place to me.

  13. Frazz

    No prints, no water, neatly packed away needles…Kurt was clean for a day n a half following escape from the exodus facility; meaning his tolerance would have dropped immensely. That being said, there’s no way he would have still been able to shoot that much and clean up before offing himself, why tidy?…doesn’t add up. Not to mention all the blatant transparency surrounding all who were there not complying or saying anything about the official story or the “conspiracy”. If I put myself in a hitmans shoes, it would seem plausible to make it look like he was whacked out of his mind on hard drugs and killed himself…The one problem with that is… if anybody is planning on killing themselves, doing heroin first would almost save them as the nature of the drug relieves physical and emotional pain as you nod off. It releases dopamine and makes all feel better, seems like these hit men or man weren’t to familiar with heroin because it just doesn’t make sense. Meth/Crack/PcP maybe…but all your problems would melt away once your happiness chemicals start flooding your brain after you shoot up. Would have been more believable if they let him overdose. Shooting him was overkill.

  14. Mike

    I may be incorrect with my observation but the needle mark on his left forearm looks like he was harpooned with a larger needle than the diabetic looking ones that were found in his cigar box.


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