Why Conspiracy Theorists Won't Care About Courtney Love's Letter to Kurt Cobain

When a disparaging note was discovered in Kurt Cobain's wallet last week, conspiracy theorists were certain this was the missing piece of the puzzle that would prove Courtney Love was involved in Cobain's death. But now Courtney Love has come forward to say she was the one who wrote the letter, not Cobain. For those of you not familiar with this particular conspiracy theory, many Nirvana fans staunchly believe that Love had a hand in Cobain's death, and they think it was a murder, not a suicide.

The letter found last week was pretty mean towards Love, reading: "Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring." So theorists were claiming Cobain wrote it to show that things were not alright in Nirvana-land and that perhaps they were even so bad that he felt threatened by his wife. Love probably hoped that her admission of penning the note would have discredited this latest "evidence," but alas that's not really how conspiracy theories work.

Love said that she and Cobain often traded notes laced with course language and sarcasm. She backed up her claims by pointing out that the note was penned on Phoenix Hotel stationary, where she stayed when Nirvana played a San Francisco show on New Year's Eve in 1991. According to former Cobain/Love employee Nicole Jon Carroll, the handwriting is similar to what can be found in Love's journals, further proving that Love did indeed write it.

But even though Love stepped forward to say it wasn't Cobain mocking their marriage and insinuating that she was awful person who would later murder him (as the conspiracy would have it), it doesn't matter what she says at this point. Once a conspiracy theory has taken root, believers will extract whatever they find relevant to their search for "truth" and ignore the rest. "It's called confirmation bias," Josiah Brownell, History and Politics of Modern Conspiracy Theories professor at Pratt Institute, told Bustle. "Once people believe something, they will believe information that confirms it and reject information that doesn't."

So Love's news will probably be construed one of two ways for conspiracy fans:


If Love had a hand in Cobain's death of course she would want to cover up any evidence that Cobain was unhappy in their relationship because that gives her a greater chance of being a suspect suspicion. Love would surely want to quash any and all trails that might point to her involvement.


When CBS originally debuted this new note found in Cobain's wallet they said Cobain had written it because it matched the writing on Cobain's recently released suicide note. So if Love admits to writing the wallet note, she's basically admitting guilt to also forging his death note. Ergo she had something to do with covering up his death.

See? It'll be easy for conspiracists to push aside Love's new information in favor of the theory they believe so whole-heartedly. At this point Love should just ignore any new "data" or "information" because whether she likes it or not, people are going to point fingers her way. Plus, the more information she gives them, the more they have to work with.