David Cox was killed when he was just 27 years old in 1994. David’s experiences as a Marine stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba were depicted in the 1992 film “A Few Good Men.” When the movie was released, David spoke with the media about what really happened in Gitmo and he, along with some of his fellow marines, was planning to file a lawsuit against the filmmakers. However, David’s plans were permanently put on hold when he disappeared from his home in Natick, Massachusetts. The day before David disappeared, a foot and a half of snow fell on the area, so his family worried that he had been in an accident. But three months later, when the snow started to melt, a canoeist travelling down the Charles River spotted a white sneaker sticking up out of some branches. The body of David Cox had been found in the woods over a half a mile from the nearest road and covered in branches. Authorities believe David walked into the woods with his killer, in a foot and a half of snow, wearing sneakers and his Marine Corps jacket – which he pretty much never wore. He had a gunshot wound in the back of his neck and three more in the left side of his torso.
One year after his murder, investigators from two town police departments, the State Police and the Norfolk district attorney’s office said they still did not know how he vanished, who killed him or why. They said they have investigated several possible angles: his military past, his small gambling habit and the job that awaited him as an investigator at the United Parcel Service terminal in Somerville, but had no clues. Despite wide and sometimes extreme speculation, David’s investigation remains open to this day, and David’s killer remains at large.
This case in particular has received minimal coverage since it happened. It was a very sensational case with a Hollywood aspect to it, so much of the media at that time was focused on that aspect, perhaps to the detriment of the truth. It’s time for David Cox’s story to get the real attention it deserves and that’s exactly what I hope to do this season on the Cold Traces podcast.