And the Heroin Epidemic
This is a cold dismal wet noisy patch of forest to die in. Just south of the bowling alley in a patch of forest between Route 91 and the dike. James Musante was 24 years old. I think he was a distant relative of the former Mayor. He was homeless, living in a tent, and probably died of an overdose on December 4th. What drug actually killed Musante we’ll probably never know. Confidentiality laws mean that toxicology reports only go to the police and the family. At the time Musante’s body was discovered, there was a warrant out for his arrest stemming from a probation violation. I felt for the guy because he was carrying the Musante name. In the Northampton/Amherst area, the Musantes still wield a good deal of political power and are prominent in business circles. It’s hard to be the Musante who never got his GED, the Musante who is working at a restaurant, the Musante who is reduced to living in a tent with winter coming on. Maybe the kid should have got out of town or changed his name to Smith or Jones. Read the full article by clicking here.