Horror in Pennsylvania: 20-Year-Old Murders Four Men, Burns and Buries Bodies
The schizophrenic son of wealthy trucking and concrete business owners has confessed to killing four young men after selling them marijuana and burning their bodies at his family's farm in Bucks County, Penn., ABC News reported Thursday. The four had gone missing separately in the past week and each was apparently shot to death.
A source with firsthand knowledge of Cosmo DiNardo's confession told the Associated Press that a co-conspirator was involved in the murders of three of the men.
The details were provided after one of Cosmo DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to murdering the missing men, who included a Maryland college student, and had told investigators where their bodies were.
DiNardo, 20, agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators.
"I'm sorry," a shackled DiNardo said as he left the courthouse.
The rural community has been rocked to its core with one resident comparing the unfolding developments to "a horror film or something, just unraveling before our eyes."
Photos on DiNardo's Facebook page leave no inkling of anything untoward or out of the ordinary for the average 20-year-old American male.
It is still unclear why DiNardo killed the men, but the source said DiNardo had "felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions." He has also reportedly been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said.
"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing," the person said.
Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen car charge this week, prosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He also suffered a head injury in an ATV accident about a year ago.
In exchange for DiNardo's confession, prosecutors took the death penalty off the table.
At least three of the four murdered men reportedly knew each other.
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.
The other missing men are Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, who worked together in construction, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore. Patrick and DiNardo had attended the same Catholic high school for boys.
It was the discovery of Meo's car on a DiNardo family property a half-mile from the farm that led to DiNardo's re-arrest.
The New York Post provided additional details about the mentally unstable young man.