Music Writer Jessica Hopper Was Staying At The Cobain Estate In April 1994
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, Buzzfeed.com, Punk Planet and currently works as the editor-in-chief at The Pitchfork Review. Listen to her…