Tom Grant (private investigator)
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Tom Grant joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1969 and within a few years was promoted to Detective. In 1975, Grant left the Sheriff's department and went into business as a security consultant. He later obtained his private investigator's license and opened an office in Beverly Hills, California where he specialized in criminal investigations. Grant's client list includes some of Hollywood's biggest names.
Grant gained notoriety in late 1994 when he claimed that rock musician Kurt Cobain, lead singer of the popular band Nirvana, had not committed suicide, as was the official police conclusion, but had, in fact, been murdered.
Grant's interest in Cobain's death has resulted in considerable media coverage; Grant has appeared on the television program Unsolved Mysteries, Nick Broomfield's documentary film Kurt and Courtney, and the NBC program Dateline NBC. Grant also appeared on The Tom Leykis Show, a Los Angeles-based syndicated radio talk show that had generated a large listening audience in Seattle; within days of the appearance, however, Leykis' syndicator, Westwood One, inserted retractions of Grant's claims into a subsequent Leykis broadcast. Leykis stated that he was reading the retraction against his will. Grant's efforts have also inspired at least two books on the theory but suicide remains the official cause of Cobain's death.
After filing her sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton, Paula Jones hired Tom Grant. In November 1997, Grant traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas where he spent nearly two months attending depositions and assisting Jones and her legal team with the pre-trial investigation of the President.
On July 20 of 2012, Tom Grant was hired by an attorney for Mrs. Katherine Jackson (Michael Jackson's mother). Mrs. Jackson was missing and presumed to have been taken out of state under false pretenses. She was also prevented from communicating with her family—Michael Jackson's children.
The perpetrators were suspected to be several of Michael's siblings who were contesting his will. Grant advised Trent Jackson (Mrs. Jackson's nephew and caretaker), to file a missing person's report.
Tom Grant accompanied Trent Jackson and attorney Sandra Ribera to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's sub-station in Lost Hills, California where he assisted in persuading the watch commander to file a missing persons report for Katherine Jackson.
A media frenzy began. Within five days after Grant was hired, Katherine Jackson was returned to her home. A restraining order was also obtained which barred the siblings involved in her removal, from returning to Mrs. Jackson's property in Southern California.
- The Grant Company, "[www.cobaincase.com/tgbkgnd.htm Tom Grant - Background Information]"
- Cobain Case - Grant's website about Cobain's death