The horrifying details of how Cosmo DiNardo lured, murdered and disposed of victims bodies with help from cousin 

Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz have been charged with the murder of four Pennsylvania men. In an affidavit, we now know what exactly happened:


On Wednesday, July 5, DiNardo picked up Jimi Patrick, 19, after agreeing to sell him four pounds of marijuana for $8000. DiNardo said he picked up Patrick from his home in Newton and drove him to his own property in Solebury. 

When they arrived at the property, DiNardo said Patrick only had $800, so instead of selling him the marijuana, DiNardo offered to sell Patrick a shotgun for that amount.

As they were walking to a remote part of the property, DiNardo fatally shot Patrick with a .22 caliber rifle, according to the affadavit.

DiNardo then drove a backhoe that was on the property to where a deceased Patrick lay, dug a hole no more than 6ft deep and buried him. Investigators found Patrick’s body in that grave late Thursday.


On Friday, July 7, DiNardo agreed to sell a quarter pound of marijuana to Dean Finocchiaro, 19, for about $700.  

DiNardo then, first picked up Sean Kratz, whom he described as his cousin, and drove to Finocchiaro’s home in Middletown. They agreed on the way to his house that they would rob Finocchiaro, according to the affadavit.

DiNardo stated he gave Kratz a .357 handgun, belonging to his mother. He proceeded to drive all three (DiNardo, Kratz and Finocchiaro) to the Solebury property where he had already killed and buried Patrick. 

After spending some time there, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head as they were leaving a barn on the site. DiNardo then took the gun and shot him a second time as he lay face down on the ground. 

He then proceeded to wrap Finocchiaro’s body in a blue tarp from the corn crib. The wrap got stuck on a nail, so DiNardo then used the backhoe to place his body in a metal tank.

DiNardo referred to this metal tank as a “pig roaster”, as it was burning.


Also on Friday, July 7, DiNardo stated he met with Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, at a church parking lot in Peddlers village, a short distance west of DiNardo’s property on Route 202, Lahaska, the court records say.

DiNardo told investigators he set up a marijuana deal with Meo. Meo and Sturgis followed DiNardo to his Solebury property in Meo’s Nissan Maxima before parking it at 2827 Aquetong Road.

Meo and Sturgis then got into DiNardo’s truck and rode with him to the adjacent Lower York Road property, where Kratz was waiting. 

After they arrived and got out of the vehicle, DiNardo said he ambushed Meo and Sturgis, shooting Meo in the back and then firing several times at a fleeing Sturgis. 

Meo collapsed and was on the floor screaming. DiNardo stood over with his .22 caliber rifle “and finishes him off”, according to Kratz.

DiNardo ran out of ammunition, and told investigators he then ran over Meo’s body with the backhoe, before using it to lift Meo’s and Sturgis’ bodies into the metal tank he had already placed Finocchiaro’s corpse. Accomplice Kratz said DiNardo “basically crushes him”, referring to Meo.

The following day DiNardo and Kratz returned to the property where DiNardo used a backhoe to dig a deep 12ft hole. He buried the tank containing the remains of the gentlemen he murdered. 

*Kratz disputes shooting Finocchiaro, instead says it was DiNardo who did. 

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