El Duce dies

According to Max Wallace and Ian Halperin, Hoke showed up at his friend Drew Gallagher's home on April 17, 1997, asking where he could go to get a fake driver's license.

Hoke was incredibly paranoid and nervous at this time. When Gallagher asked what he meant, Hoke responded, "People get buried in cornfields, people get lost in swamps". Hoke informed Gallagher of who he was and told him that he had "killed Kurt Cobain."

While Hoke didn't actually claim to have killed Kurt Cobain, he did say that Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, attempted to hire him to kill Cobain. Hoke passed a polygraph test saying that Love offered him 50 thousand dollars to kill her husband and make it look like a suicide. Hoke passed on the offer and claimed that his friend Allen took her offer to kill Kurt Cobain and approximately a week after this incident, Hoke's body was found near a railroad, it was determined he had "stumbled" in front of a train and was hit.