Twenty-five years ago, Marine veteran David Cox was murdered in the woods of Medfield, Massachusetts. The mystery of how Cox got into those woods and who murdered him has remained unsolved.
But now, there is a renewed push to find his killer.
When Cox was serving in the Marines, he was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1986, Cox was involved with 10 other Marines in a “Code Red” hazing of another Marine. The incident resulted in courts martial for some of the Marines. Cox fought his charges and prevailed and he was honorably discharged years later, but this was a traumatic experience for him.
Does the “Code Red” incident jog your memory? If so, this was the unflattering military case that inspired the 1992 Hollywood movie, “A Few Good Men” that starred actor Jack Nicholson who portrayed a U.S. Marine colonel who affirms at the trial with the infamous statement, “You can’t handle the truth!”
While “A Few Good Men” was based on the actual incident, some important facts were altered, which included what ultimately happened to the victim.
Bob Ward of Boston 25 News reports:
In April 1994, a canoeist paddling the Charles River as it wound through a preservation area spotted a white high top sneaker sticking out of a pile of pine branches. He took his canoe ashore to investigate and when he pulled back a branch, he made a startling discovery.
He found the body of 27 year-old David Cox, a US Marine who had been missing from his home in Natick since January. David was shot four times… once in the back of the head, and three times in his side.
Mass State Police Sgt. John Fanning and Trooper Yuriy Bukhenik, themselves retired US Marines, are taking a fresh look at David Cox’s death.
“It’s one of those things: never leave a brother behind. I feel like David has been left behind for 25 years,” Yuriy recently told me.
Fanning and Bukhenik are bringing modern day forensic expertise to the Cox investigation. But they are also bringing their years of military experience into the case.
And there is one fact that leaps out at them: David Cox was wearing his US Marines camouflage jacket over his black hooded US Marines sniper jacket. Both investigators tell me, most former Marines don’t like wearing their military clothes in public. And David Cox was no exception.
“David wore that field jacket and his Marine Corps sniper jacket for a reason that day, “ Sgt. Fanning told me. “David knew who he was going with, he trusted that person.”
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