Details Emerge In Pennsylvania Farm Murders: The Victims Were Shot, Put In Pig Roaster

One victim was runover with a backhoe.

By Gina Tron

All four bodies have now been identified on the Pennsylvania farm owned by the Cosmo DiNardo’s family. DiNardo, 20, has confessed to killing all four young men. His cousin Sean Kratz, 20, has been charged in three of the killings.

In affidavits from the Bucks County prosecutor’s office and at a press conference Friday afternoon, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub described the murders. All four men were shot — one on July 5 and three on July 7. One of them was run over with a backhoe. DiNardo said he tried to burn three of the bodies by putting them into a metal tank he called a  “pig roaster.” He then poured in gas and lit a fire. He buried that tank using a backhoe in a 12.5 foot hole. The fourth body was buried in a separate, 6-foot deep grave. The single "grave" belonged to Jimi Patrick, 19.

“We’d still be looking for Jimi Patrick had we not made this agreement,” Weintraub said at the news conference, referring to a plea deal made with DiNardo. He gave details on the body sites. In exchange, he won’t face the death penalty.

The three bodies in the mass grave were Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21.

It seemed “there was an attempt to burn the bodies, to deface them, to obliterate them, but that was not successful,” Weintraub said in the Friday press conference.

He said he doesn’t know what brought DiNardo to confess.

"I'd like to think that he wanted to help us get these boys home."

[Bucks County District Attorney’s Office]

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