Man Accused of Murdering Girlfriend Held Without Bail

A homeless man arrested last week for the murder of an Everett, Massachusetts, artist was arraigned Monday on a murder charge for allegedly killing his girlfriend last year.

David Grossack, 47, is accused of killing 56-year-old Kathleen Burgess at her apartment on Newhall Street in Lynn in December 2016. He was ordered held without bail on Monday.

Burgess’s body was found in an advanced state of decomposition. Police were notified by the victim’s daughter, who checked in after having not heard from her for several days. Prosecutors said Burgess's body was found on the floor, covered up with blankets and sheets.

Her death was identified as a homicide by blunt force trauma, as she sustained multiple facial fractures. Evidence at the scene indicated that there might have been a struggle.


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Investigators have since learned that Burgess and Grossack were in a relationship and that he had been staying with her at the apartment at times.

Grossack was recently charged in the murder of 65-year-old Francis Brescia, whose body was found decomposed in an Everett apartment on Feb. 25. The building's landlord found Brescia's body during a well-being check. A neighbor said the building had smelled for about a week at the time. 

Grossack was arrested in Pittsfield earlier this week after being placed on the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted List.

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