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Cosmo Dinardo and the Bucks County murders: Shocking details revealed

16 July 2017

A second person of interest was taken into custody late Thursday in the investigation into the gruesome murders of four men on a secluded farm in Pennsylvania. The remains of only one, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, have been identified, though authorities said other remains were found in the hole as well. "In exchange for that confession, Mr. DiNardo was promised by the district attorney that he will spare his life by not invoking the death penalty".

Prosecutors are still weighing whether to pursue capital punishment against Kratz, who is charged with three counts of homicide.

The auto was then found on land owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo, the parents of Cosmo. Another person, Sean Kratz was also charged. "We just don't know how many homicides". However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.

For good measure, DiNardo said he took the gun from Kratz and also shot Finocchiaro while he was lying face down on the floor, but claimed Finocchiaro was already dead when he shot him. He allegedly possessed a 20-gauge shotgun, but was not legally allowed to possess the firearm because he had a mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution for inpatient care, according to court documents.

Bucks County DA
Bucks County DA

The horrific case of four murdered young men wound to a close on Friday, as law enforcement officials announced they had apprehended the two men who police believe are exclusively responsible for the men's deaths and the disfigurement of their bodies.

The details were provided after one of DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to murdering the missing men, including a Maryland college student.

On Friday afternoon, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub discussed the arrests of 20-year-old Cosmo Dinardo - who was arrested earlier this week - and a man Dinardo described to police as his "cousin", Sean Kratz, 20, of Northeast Philadelphia. Cosmo DiNardo, a 20-year-old linked to a Pennsylvania farm at the center of a search for the four missing men, was arrested Wednesday, July 12, 2017, on charges he tried to sell one man's vehicle after he went missing, authorities said in announcing the first big break in the case.

DiNardo gave a full confession and led investigators to Patrick's body.

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"When they (Meo and Sturgis) turned their backs on me, I shot Tom in the back", Dinardo allegedly told detectives questioning him, according to a criminal complaint. They found the remains of the three bodies Thursday and by the evening had gotten Dinardo to confess.

"We did find three of those young men buried deep in the ground, buried under an old oil tank that was converted into a cooker about 12 feet deep", Weintraub said.

On February 9, police responded to a report of gunfire in DiNardo's neighbourhood and found him in his auto with a shotgun, and he told the officers that he had been involuntarily committed, Harran said.

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Another Bensalem man, Eric Beitz, who was friends with Meo and Sturgis, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that DiNardo had spent considerable time with them recently, and spoke of "weird things like killing people and having people killed".

On July 7, Dinardo agreed to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana to Finocchiaro, the affidavit states.

DiNardo's lawyer says his client is remorseful.

Dinardo then drove the backhoe over Meo and "basically crushes him", Kratz told police, according to the complaint. After that, DiNardo's bail was set at $5 million. He used the backhoe to move the bodies and light them on fire in the metal tank. Meo, 21, and Sturgis, 22, were friends and coworkers.

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Cosmo Dinardo and the Bucks County murders: Shocking details revealed