DiNardo Claims He Killed Woman, Man in Philly: Sources

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Cosmo DiNardo, who has confessed to a murder spree that left four young men dead and buried on his family’s sprawling Bucks County, Pennsylvania, farm, says he previously killed a woman and man in Philadelphia, law enforcement sources tell NBC10.

DiNardo told Bucks County detectives he killed the woman in the basement of a Philadelphia home, the sources said. He also allegedly offered the nickname of a man he claims to have murdered.

However, the dates, times and locations of the 20-year-old suspect’s admissions remain sketchy, sources caution.

Sources said Philadelphia and Bucks County detectives have been communicating about DiNardo’s claims.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, and his 20-year-old cousin, Sean Kratz, are charged in a murder spree that left four young men dead in July. Their remains were discovered buried on a Bucks County, Pennsylvania farm.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Tuesday morning his detectives would be “remiss” to not look into the admitted murder suspect’s assertion.

“In order for us to lend any credence to it we would have to talk to him directly,” Ross said. “When you’re dealing with someone who is pathological like that you don’t know where he is coming from.”

Prosecutors said DiNardo is schizophrenic and was not allowed to have firearms. He was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in the past, though details remain unclear.

DiNardo, of Bensalem, and his 20-year-old cousin, Sean Kratz, remain in the Bucks County jail charged with murder and related crimes in the deaths of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19; Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22, and 21-year-old Tom Meo.

An intense, meticulous search stretched on for days last week as local, state and federal investigators hunted for the men who began to disappear on July 7.

Prosecutors twice arrested DiNardo as they closed in on finding the men and linking their disappearance to him. The burned remains of Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo were found buried more than 12 feet underground in a common grave last Wednesday.

DiNardo later admitted to killing the men and pointed investigators to a separate location where Patrick’s body was buried.

On Friday, police arrested Kratz at his Northeast Philadelphia home and charged with murder and related offenses.

(L to R), Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro
Photo credit: Newtown Township Police, Middletown Township Police

(L-R): Mark Sturgis & Tom Meo
Photo credit: Bucks County District Attorney’s Office

Sturgis’ family has retained personal injury law firm Ross Feller Casey, LLP to represent them since DiNardo possibly used family-owned weapons to commit the murders, the Philadelphia-based law firm said.

“We will likely never make sense of this ghastly murder spree, but we will not rest until we understand every detail, every nuance surrounding this horrific crime,” Sturgis family attorney Robert Ross said. “The families of these young men deserve nothing less.”

No lawsuit was immediately filed against DiNardo or his family, which has various real estate holdings.

The families of Finocchiaro, Meo, Patrick and Sturgis have announced funeral plans for family and friends.

Funeral services for Finocchiaro will be held Saturday in Levittown followed by private burial. His family asked that donation’s in his name be made to NOVA, 2320 York Road, Suite B-1, Jamison, PA 18929.

Meo’s funeral will be held Thursday in Northeast Philadelphia following a viewing Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Funeral services for Patrick will be held Friday in Newtown followed by private interment. His family asked that donations in Patrick’s name be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010 or Nami-Bucks Chapter, 600 Louis Dr., Suite 106 Warminster, PA 18974.

Yellow ribbons now line the Newtown street where Patrick lived with his grandparents. On Tuesday night at 7:30, Holy Ghost Prep planned a prayer service in the 2016 graduate’s memory.

A memorial gathering for Sturgis will be held Thursday night in Bensalem.

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