DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – Two people, both 20-year old have been arrested for plotting and killing four youth, also in the same age group. The four young people had gone missing from Bucks County over the course of the last week and despite the massive search undertaken, in the wake of their disappearance, no clue was found.
The whole incident, or the chain of incidents looks so abhorring that it is hard to believe from the outset. More sickening was the method of killing the victims and trying to dispose of their bodies. The grisly account of killing the four Pennsylvanian youths makes one wonder, as to how anyone can go to the extent of committing such crimes with so much ease or with any hint of remorse.
20-year old Cosmo DiNardo, who was initially arrested for a different reason altogether was finally found to be the main accused who has been charged in the death of the four youth, besides being charged in multiple other crimes, all of them related to the chain of the killings perpetrated by him and his cousin Sean Kratz. But DiNardo, by entering into a plea agreement seems to have successfully avoided death penalty.
Cosmo DiNardo, whose family runs a successful business and owns huge tracts of land in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who is said to have graduated from a Catholic prep school two years ago, said he killed a former schoolmate when he arrived with $800 to buy $8,000 worth of pot. DiNardo also confessed to killing another missing youth in the back as he tried to run away. The 20-year old man who was arrested earlier this week for possessing gun illegally, put the blame of the deaths on a cousin charged Friday in the case, although the cousin told police that DiNardo shot all four of the victims.
In the meantime, authorities have said that the bodies of the victims have been recovered following the alleged confession by the suspects. The DA, Matthew Weintraub told the media that the bodies of Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo were discovered in an old oil tanker while Patrick’s body was also recovered elsewhere.
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The details of the killings make the perpetrators look hardened criminals. Documents say, “Dinardo said they drove around the property on his ATV and that Kratz was going to rob Finocchiaro in the woods…He said Kratz did not rob Finocchiaro in the woods and they went into the barn. As they were leaving the barn, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head. DiNardo took the gun from Kratz and also shot Finocchiaro while he was laying face down on the floor, but claimed Finocciaro was already dead when he shot him.” DiNardo “took a blue tarp from the corn crib and wrapped Finocchiaro in it. He tried to drag Finocchiaro out of the barn on the side facing the corn crib. The tarp got stuck on a nail so he had to use the backhoe to remove him from the barn. He placed Finocchiaro into a metal tank he referred to as the pig roaster” claim the documents.
While Cosmo DiNardo doesn’t have any major criminal history, Kratz reportedly has a long criminal history including an open burglary. Philadelphia Magazine reports that Sean Kratz “was out on bail for burglary, criminal trespassing, theft and other charges stemming from two pending burglary cases in Philadelphia courts. In March, he posted 10 percent of $10,000 bail,” reports. Philly.com reports that Kratz “was implicated twice last year in connected burglary cases in Philadelphia.”
Till now, there hasn’t been any motive that might have prompted the two cousins to kill the youths. The only motive disclosed by investigators was that DiNardo said he wanted to set the victims up when they came to the farm to buy marijuana. One man vanished July 5 and the others two days later. Three of the slain men were buried at the farm in an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker. The FBI found them Wednesday after four days of methodical hand-digging and sifting in a spot on the 90-acre farm that dogs had sniffed out.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub while talking to the media said that the authorities might have never found the missing boys had DiNardo not cooperated with the officials. “I don’t know what convinced him (to confess). I’d like to think he wanted to get these boys home,” said Weintraub. It was after tehplea agreement that led the officials to the four missing youth’s bodies. “We’d still be looking for Jimi Patrick had we not made this agreement…It was so far away that I started to get sick to my stomach on the ride”, said Weintraub.