Elliott Smith’s Complicated Love Life

Poet Nelson Gary, who reads his poem very fast at the beginning of Elliott Smith’s song ‘Coast to Coast’, once explained a few things regarding the song: ‘Originally, the song was called ‘Circuit Rider’. A circuit rider is a preacher who goes from coast to coast, spreading the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ […] He…

More About These Murder-Suicide Conspiracy Theories

In the pursuit of the truth in the Elliott Smith story, I realize how much it is easier for people to go with suicide rather than murder. Suicide is easier because the person you accuse of murdering himself is dead and so can’t speak up or argue anymore. Very few people will dare to speak up…

Looking For The Truth Has Nothing To Do With Misogyny

I almost chocked on my tea when I stumbled on this new piece on Salon: ‘Courtney didn’t kill Kurt: The twisted misogyny behind suicide conspiracy theories’… the title sounded already bad enough but when I looked at the author, William Todd Schultz, I was floored. But after all, I should not have, I know the guy and…

‘Heaven Adores You’ At The Regent, Thursday May 7th 2015

So much has already been said about ‘Heaven Adores You’, the new documentary about Elliott Smith by Nickolas Rossi, so many reviews have already been written… I am very late in the game as the film has made the indie film festivals circuit in the US and Europe, although, on Thursday night, I attended the…

A Second Opinion On Elliott Smith’s Autopsy Report

A few days ago, I got in contact with a licensed nurse who has been working for 11 years, nine years in Southern California in L.A. County and, for the past two years in the Pacific Northwest. She was recently made aware of Mr. Smith’s case by someone, who gave me her contact. We exchanged a…

A Request To Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden

Do you remember about the HBO series, ‘Autopsy’? It was hosted by Dr. Michael Baden and it was trying to demonstrate how forensic sciences assist in solving crimes. Dr. Baden has investigated high profile deaths (including Sid Vicious and John Belushi’s deaths) and he was even a defense witness during Phil Spector’s murder trial, but…

Why It Is Important To Know How Elliott Smith Died

Many people regularly ask me why it’s so important for me to know how Elliott Smith died. But isn’t it obvious? Aren’t the cause of death and the circumstances around it always relevant when we think about a deceased artist? People always say, we want to celebrate his life and his music and not his death,……

More Thoughts On The Events Of October 21st 2003

‘Overwhelmed by the emotion of the day, feeling hyped up and anxious from the earlier medical appointment, Chiba locked herself in the bathroom. It was something she’d done before. It was her way of getting some distance, a temporary respite. On other occasions like this Elliott had called Ashley, who came by to mediate, to…

Why Judgment Is Part Of Us

Do you know this expression innocent until proven guilty? I have heard it so many times it’s not funny anymore. I hear it almost every time I write about the mystery surrounding Elliott Smith’s death, as some people become suddenly so guarded and politically correct… Of course, I don’t see this happening very much on…

What I Have Learned About Elliott’s Girlfriend Over The Years

This post is gonna sound like a complete character assassination and it is one, but I have heard so many bad opinions about Jennifer Chiba since I have been trying to investigate what happened to Elliott, that I have a hard time to buy the princess treatment she received in Liam Gowing’s Spin article, Gil Reyes’ documentary…

Thinking Again About The Fight Leading to The Tragedy

When I interviewed Dr Scheinin, the deputy medical examiner with the county coroner’s office who conducted Elliott Smith’s autopsy, I asked her to tell me how many suicides by stabbing she was aware of which had occurred in the middle of a fight. But Dr. Scheinin corrected me right away: ‘they were not in the…