Two Massachusetts law enforcement officials join forces to resolve the 25-year-old murder of fellow Marine

David Cox

You never leave a brother behind.

That is the reason why Yuriy Bekhenik, a Massachusetts state trooper, says he is determined to help solve the 25-year-old cold case murder of fellow Marine David Cox, who was involved in a hazing incident that is the inspiration for the movie ‘ A Few Good men.”

“It’s one of those things: never leave a brother behind. I feel like David has left behind, 25 years,” Bekhenik said in an interview with WFXT, a Fox affiliate station.

Bekhenik is working with another ex-Marine, John Fanning, a sergeant with the Massachusetts State Police, to find out who killed Cox in 1994, when a canoeist on the Charles River found the body of the then 27-year-old Marine.

The canoeist was curious about a sneaker sticking out of a pile of branches in a nearby woods and got out for a look. When he came to the branches, he found Cox’s body.

Cox, who had been missing for about four months, four bullet wounds on the back of the head and three on his side.

The former Marines have enlisted the aid of forensic experts.

For various reasons, they suspect that Cox trusted who did him harm, WFXT reported.


They love, for example, that former Marines usually avoid wearing their uniforms in public, but Cox was wearing on that day.

“David was wearing that field jacket and his Marine Corps sniper jacket for a reason that day,” Fanning said. “David knew who he was with, he trusted that person.”

Cox, for one reason or another, went out into the woods wearing only sneakers, in spite of a blizzard that had hit the area the night prior to the depositing of approximately 8 cm on the ground.

Cox went drinking with his brother Steven, the night before. Steven Cox was quoted as telling the news station that his brother seemed less outgoing than normal, but that he knew of no other problems than a number of tensions with his live-in girlfriend. His girlfriend saw Cox on the morning of the last day in life, just before she left for work.

There were signs that someone gave Cox a ride to the forest, where his body was found.

Theories for what may have happened to Cox in abundance, but Bekhenik and Fanning outright dismissal of a number of of them.

One of the theories that has to do with the movie, “A Few Good men,” based on a serious hazing incident with Cox and 10 other Marines.

The incident led to the court martial, while Cox challenged his will, which enabled him to an honorable dismissal. The movie took some liberties, including having the Marine, who was hazed to die. In fact, Cox and a few other Marines helped save the colleague who was hazed. Cox was outspoken about his disappointment in the way that the film was about the incident, and threatened a lawsuit. But he died before he could take action, raising questions for some, including Cox’s brother, Steven, according to WFXT — on the question of whether there might be a connection to the dispute and his murder.


The Massachusetts police say they investigated that angle, but came up with no evidence.

Cox’s sister, Christine, believes that it is well planned and not the work of an amateur, but they are discounts on the Hollywood or Marines connection.

She thinks someone her brother knew, and perhaps he trusted let him walk almost a mile into the forest, where they shot him.

“We were pretty close. Outside of the loss of a brother, I lost one of my best friends, ” Steven Cox said.

His sister added: “David’s life did. He was cleared. This person is cleared, his life, his future. I want the killer identified. Not to us, for the world. I want everyone to know who did it. I want him to pay for it.”

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