Ex- Detective Tom Grant In The Middle Of A Controversy With YouTuber AmericanSpyFox
YouTuber AmericanSpyFox, who has recorded a series of YouTube videos on the death of Kurt Cobain, is in the middle of a controversy. AmericanSpyFox, real name Charles Elliott, started a GoFundMe campaign to fly Tom Grant from Santa Barbara to Ohio in order to interview the famous detective whose name has been associated with the story since 1994. Charles managed to raise $2,141 and promised his subscribers an exclusive interview with Grant, however, things didn’t turn the way he would have expected.
In the last video he has posted, Charles claims that Tom Grant made his life impossible with outrageous demands, like for example an expensive upgrade for the round trip from Santa Barbara, CA to Columbus, Ohio at $1,376, which seems to be a bit unnecessary, but we could say that Tom is old and likes his comfort.
In a very long explanation, Charles explains that Tom had lied on many points, the first one being his declining health and mental state, as he even concluded that Tom ‘has entered early-stage dementia’: ‘I spent 10 hours a day trying to get him to just comply with what he already agreed to’ wrote Charles, explaining that Tom basically refused to do what they had agreed on: an interview. Honestly what describes Charles is strange and could well be describing a man effectively entering dementia: ‘It was like babysitting a child. At times, his demands made no sense. He would make me get up in the middle of the night to bring him food. He typed a movie script in which he wanted to rehearse for hours, typing out a part for me to “play.” He asked me to buy him a red wig so he could pretend to be me! He brought a hoodie and wore his hat backward pretending to be me. My wife and I did not know how to respond to all this. We are not medically trained to deal with such behaviors. He became upset when I told him he should dress like himself for the camera.’
After basically rearranging the entire hotel room – ‘He spent the last hours of the last day, ‘trying to make a studio’’ – no interview took place, and Charles had only his tube channel to apologize to the people who had contributed to the campaign. Charles even describes Tom Grant as an arrogant, racist man, full of himself.
It didn’t take long for Tom Grant to respond, with this post on his website, and obviously a completely different story: ‘Charles claims I REFUSED to do the interview with him. The truth is, he was only with me in the room for a few hours the first day as we were trying to set-up a place for the interview inside my hotel room. He finally told me he was having trouble getting his mics to work with his computer and needed his wife to come help.’
Grant then contradicts each statement made by Charles and pretends that Charles basically never showed up for the interview.
Who is telling the truth? Besides this point, there are a few things that I (and a few fans) don’t get. First, why did Charles Elliott had to fly Tom Grant for an interview? At the age of technology, why couldn’t he have done a Skype interview? Simple and completely free? Then, Tom Grant has been on the case for 26 years and has not revealed anything new for many years, so what did this YouTuber was hoping for? A scoop from a retired LAPD detective who hasn’t solved a 26-year-old case? Didn’t he understand Grant has been miking the only case he is famous for, for a very long time? I don’t have a real experience with Tom, but I know he will not do anything without being paid or get some compensation, he is also very conservative, Christian, and he occasionally tweets some anti-abortion rants between his Cobain-related tweets. But if he really suffers from dementia, what could Charles Elliott have expected?