Cosmo DiNardo Confesses to Killing Four Men, Burning Bodies at Family Farm
A week of mystery and building anguish appeared to culminate in tragedy Thursday when Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the killings of the four young men from Bucks and Montgomery Counties who vanished last week.
One of DiNardo’s lawyers emerged after a late-afternoon meeting with investigators in Doylestown and said the 20-year-old Bensalem man had confessed to “participation or commission” of the killings and told the district attorney where to find the bodies.
In return, lawyer Paul Lang said, prosecutors had pledged not to seek the death penalty for DiNardo. He gave no motive for the killings.
A person with knowledge of the case told the Inquirer and Daily News late Thursday that under the agreement, DiNardo admitted that three of the men’s bodies had been dumped in a 12-foot grave discovered Wednesday on his family’s sprawling Solebury Township farm. DiNardo was also expected to help them find the remains of the fourth victim somewhere on the property, which is owned by his parents.
The same person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case, said DiNardo told them there was a coconspirator in the killings.
The Associated Press, citing a source, reported late Thursday that DiNardo admitted he killed the men separately — at least three were shot — after selling them marijuana, and then burned their bodies at the farm.
He said that DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and that the men were killed after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. “Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there’s a killing,” the person said.
And late Thursday night, Fox29 reported that police in Northeast Philadelphia had detained a second person for questioning in the case.
A spokesman for District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub said he could not confirm or deny the reports. Weintraub had been expected to discuss the case during a 9:30 p.m. news conference but abruptly canceled the briefing in a tweet at 8:34 p.m. In a second tweet, the prosecutor’s office said it had not yet confirmed the information Weintraub had hoped to release.
“The District Attorney has no response at this time to statements of defense counsel regarding person of interest Cosmo DiNardo,” it said in another tweet.
But the office reported Weintraub expects to share new information at an 11 a.m. Friday news briefing near the Solebury Township parcel that investigators have scoured for days.
The confession marked a shocking twist in a case that rocked the Philadelphia region and beyond. The massive search for the men was set off Sunday, bringing FBI agents, U.S. marshals, and state and local officers to the scene to dig with great care, around the clock, in merciless heat.
Late Wednesday, Weintraub said investigators had found remains of Dean R. Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, who disappeared Friday, in the makeshift grave. The others missing are Thomas C. Meo, 21, of Plumstead; Mark R. Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown.
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