Cosmo DiNardo Motive: Why Were 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men Killed?

Small-town Pennsylvania left ‘disoriented in shock’ by grisly murders

Small-town Pennsylvania left ‘disoriented in shock’ by grisly murders

The search for four missing men in Bucks County in Pennsylvania is over and two men have been charged with murder. His 20-year-old cousin Sean Kratz faces 20 counts, including three homicide counts. The fourth victim was found buried about a half a mile away with information that DiNardo supplied in exchange for being spared the death penalty. Police have confirmed that the four victims and DiNardo were previously acquainted before the murders, and at least three of the victims knew each other. DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said.

Kratz is charged in the murders of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis.

"As we are all deeply affected by this news, I encourage you to take care of yourself". However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro. An unnamed witness stated DiNardo attempted to sell the vehicle to him for $500. 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.

On Friday police confirmed that all four of the victims are dead and outlined what they believe happened.

According to DiNardo's confession late Thursday afternoon, his motive was anger over the sale of marijuana to the four men.

Investigators found thebodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis in a 12½-foot-deep grave Wednesday, according to the complaint.

In an agreement with Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, 20-year-old DiNardo confessed to the killings and revealed the locations of all four bodies.

Police early on focused on DiNardo as a person of interest in the case of the missing men, after a signal from Finocchiaro's cellphone was traced to DiNardo's family farm. DiNardo claims Kratz shot Finocchiaro first, but Kratz reportedly denied this and said only DiNardo shot him.

DiNardo and his parents met with authorities at the county courthouse in Doylestown for several hours Thursday.

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"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. He says Patrick only had $800 so he offered to sell him a shotgun instead; then he shot him.

On Thursday, his attorney was in Philadelphia court to request a continuance for further investigation in that case.

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".

Finocchairo had agreed to buy $700 worth of marijuana.

It was the discovery of Meo's auto on a DiNardo family property a half-mile from the farm that led to DiNardo's re-arrest.

In exchange for this admission, Dinardo hopes to be able to avoid the death penalty, according to his lawyer.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states. He then took him to a remote farm and shot him with a 22 caliber rifle and used a backhoe to dig a grave to bury the body.

That same night, DiNardo said he also set up a deal to sell Meo some weed. Meo, 21, and Sturgis, 22, were friends and coworkers. Then, according to a police affidavit, he placed the Finocchiaro's body in a metal tank he referred to as the "pig roaster", doused the corpse in gasoline, and lit it ablaze.

At this point, court documents say, Meo was screaming in pain and Dinardo climbed into a backhoe and ran over the injured Meo, killing him.

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