No Explanation for Gruesome PA Youth Killings

Two cousins admit killing four men, burning some of them and burying them underground in a “pig roaster.” Prosecutor says neither defendant explained what set off their three-day killing spree.

Four young men who disappeared in Bucks County, Pa., last week were lured to their deaths with promises of being sold pounds of marijuana, only to be executed by a pair of cousins who disposed of their bodies in gruesome fashion, reports The accused killers — Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, both 20 — admitted their involvement in the slayings on a 90-acre estate and were held without bail on charges including homicide, robbery, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse. Their confessions provided long-awaited answers in a mystery that had gripped the Philadelphia region. In a detailed account outlined in affidavits filed for their arrests, the pair described burning some of their victims and burying them 12½ feet underground in a metal tank they referred to as “the pig roaster.”

They casually discussed shooting one of the men by saying DiNardo “finishe[d] him off” with a gun owned by his mother. Another victim lay screaming, they admitted, as DiNardo ran over him with a backhoe. After investigators zeroed in on DiNardo as their primary suspect, he used the location of the fourth man’s remains as  a bargaining chip o save his own life. Asked if either man had explained what set off their three-day killing spree, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub had no answers. “I don’t know that,” he said. “I’m not really sure we could ever answer that question.”