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BPD opens homicide investigation into death of man whose body was found in a shopping cart left sitting in Bay Village in August

Justin Davidson

Stanley Staco recently broke the public silence on the death of Justin Arthur Davidson, whose body Boston Public Works employees found at the Frontage Road yard while emptying a blue bin in a Whole Foods shopping cart somebody had complained about to 311 on Winchester Street in Bay Village on the morning of Aug. 7.

The initial, grisly story (first reports had the workers finding just an arm, in fact, there was an entire body in the cart), quickly faded - the death was not included in the BPD's tally of murders in 2023 and the department never publicly identified the name of the person whose body was found, as it typically does with murder cases.

Staco, though, learned you can get a copy of somebody's death certificate for somebody who died in Boston through the city's vital-records department and after going through several possibilities from Aug. 7, discovered the body had been identified as Davidson, 36, a Rockland resident who was born in Boston.

Under "Manner of Death," the certificate says: "COULD NOT BE DETERMINED." His place of death was listed as Frontage Road - the Public Works yard - rather than Winchester Street.

Staco then filed a public-records request with BPD for any information on Davidson's death, but his request was denied in April because the records "relate to an active and ongoing homicide investigation."

Justin Arthur Davidson, 36, leaves a daughter, his father, six brothers and sisters and three nephews and a niece, according to his obituary, which adds: "He will be greatly missed and will always be Uncle Bobo" to his nephews and niece.

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I don't know what's worse in 2024, that BPD could apparently hide an apparent homicide for almost a whole year...or that any local media, but especially The Globe, apparently don't have any good journalists with sources covering BPD/crime.

Really sad to think that if this same thing happened even twenty years ago, local media would've gotten wind of this story within a day

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Investigating all four murders which have occurred this year. (Well, three, one was a murder-suicide so that one doesn't take too much work.)

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If they don’t have a cause of death they cannot declare it a homicide. The ME is the one that determines that. If you read the short blurb it listed cause as undetermined. So they have to do more investigating. I am sure you would get your brain cells together and work this one out.

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It's literally the ME's job to figure out how people died.

It doesn't take nearly a year to figure out cause of death in a city where there have been less than half a dozen murders this year.

Undetermined death nearly a year later, BPD excluded his death from counts and never said a peep to the press about, you know, finding a dead body in a shopping cart...and then some Rescue Roger with ties to BPD and city deletes his tweet drawing attention to the death?

Someone is trying to sweep his death under the rug, hard. The question is: why?

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As of this writing, the link in…

> Stanley Staco recently broke the public silence […]

…isn’t working. Either there’s a typo, or the post has been removed?

I don’t understand Twitter anymore, maybe the link works for others, but I just get “Hmm...this page doesn’t exist. Try searching for something else”.

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.is Xitter.

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One of Elmo's supposed upgrades to Twitter is that you now need to be logged into an account to view content. If you log in, the link should work.

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Thanks! Going forward, I'll need to do a better job copying stuff over from there (with the original poster's OK, of course).

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That makes sense. I haven't deleted my account yet, but I haven't signed into it in years at this point, and don't expect to again in the future. Guess that’s another sign to ignore links there now then.

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The world needs more honest people who do the right thing and care about the lives of people around us.
I am happy to hear about you today.

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Not judging, but was he a hustler? I'm sort of getting that vibe from both his pic and the circumstances of his death?

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This is probably hard enough for the people that cared about him without calling him a whore. with zero evidence. I don't care if he was, He did not deserve this.

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Insecure people make up stories about why victims must have had it coming - their stories keep what would otherwise be a valid fear of random violence at arms length. Secure people do not.

So no, I will bet you a double thick milkshake of your choice that that person cannot not go there, it is a reflex to protect themselves from an imagination that would otherwise imagine it happening to them. It takes a lot of work to break that habit.

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