Bucks County authorities have accused Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin, Sean Kratz, of multiple counts of homicide and, for the first time, they are providing chilling details about how four once missing Bucks County men died.
The complaints even allege the men used a “pig roaster” to dispose of one victim’s body.
You can read the criminal complaints below in full, but, be aware that they contain graphic and disturbing details. The complaints detail how DiNardo and Kratz allegedly plotted to rob three of the Pennsylvania men who met them for drug deals. Kratz, who was arrested July 13 shortly after DiNardo confessed to the crimes, is charged in three of the murders, and DiNardo is charged in four.
DiNardo, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and his cousin, Kratz, who was out on bail on a burglary accusation and had recently been shot, are accused of scheming to rob three of the men but then murdered them. DiNardo is also accused of slaying the fourth man, Jimi Taro Patrick.
The four men, Patrick, Mark Sturgis, Dean Finocchiaro, and Tom Meo vanished on different days from July 5-7 in Bucks County. They were all between the ages of 19 and 22, and their disappearances sparked a massive search effort. All victims have now been identified, the DA revealed in a July 14 press conference.
“Our boys get to go home to their families, which was always our first priority,” the DA said. You can watch the press conference here.
Here are some of the details in the complaints:
DiNardo Blamed Kratz For Shooting Finocchiaro as the Man Lay on a Barn Floor
The District Attorney has hit Kratz with a string of severe charges, ranking from homicide to abusing a corpse. Pennsylvania court records indicate that Kratz was only charged in three of the murders. One of those was the slaying of Finocchiaro, which is the one death that DiNardo says Kratz directly caused, although Kratz pins the blame on DiNardo.
DiNardo said Kratz was planning to rob Finocchiaro but then “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,” the affidavit alleges.
Finocchiaro’s Murder Allegedly Started Out as a Robbery & Ended Up With the Body Placed in a Pig Roaster
The documents allege that DiNardo gave Kratz a Smith and Wesson 357 handgun that belongs to his mother. All three drove to 6071 Lower York Rd. “Dinardo said they drove around the property on his ATV and that Kratz was going to rob Finocchiaro in the woods,” the documents allege.
The documents allege that 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.”
DiNardo Is Accused of Trying to Set Up a Drug Deal With Victim Tom Meo
DiNardo is accused in the court documents of saying that he also had a “deal” set up with one of the other victims, Tom Meo, the same night that Finocchiaro died. “He was going to sell marijuana. He told Meo to meet him in the stone parking lot next to the church in Peddlers Village,” the court documents say. “DiNardo could not initially find Meo and drove through Peddlers Village trying to find him.” He found Meo in a car with Sturgis, the third victim, and directed him to follow him and park his vehicle. “Meo and Sturgis got into DiNardo’s truck and they drive to 6071 Lower Rd, where Kratz was waiting,” the documents allege
DiNardo Is Accused of Shooting Meo in the Back & Sturgis As He Fled
After the men exited the truck, Dinardo said, “he shot Meo in the back with the .357 handgun, then fired several times at Sturgis as he fled, felling him, the affidavit states. Dinardo said he then ran over Meo with the backhoe before using it to lift both bodies into a metal tank where he already had placed Finocchiaro’s corpse, the court records say.”
The following day, Dinardo told police, “he and Kratz returned to the property, where Dinardo used the backhoe to dig a deep hole and bury the tank containing the three bodies, the affidavit says. Kratz gave a similar statement to detectives on Thursday night, the affidavit says, but said that it was Dinardo who shot Finocchiaro, not him,” the complaint alleges.
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