A week of mystery and building anguish appeared to culminate in tragedy yesterday when a Pennsylvania man named Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the killings of four young men who vanished last week, Philly.com reports. One of DiNardo’s lawyers said the 20-year-old from Bensalem, Pa., had confessed to “participation or commission” of the killings and told the district attorney where to find the bodies. In return, lawyer Paul Lang said, prosecutors had pledged not to seek the death penalty for DiNardo. DiNardo admitted that three of the men’s bodies had been dumped in a 12-foot grave discovered Wednesday on his family’s sprawling farm. DiNardo was also expected to help them find the remains of the fourth victim somewhere on the property. DiNardo told investigators there was a coconspirator in the killings.
The Associated Press reported that DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and that the victims were killed after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. The wire service said DiNardo admitted he killed the men separately and then burned their bodies at the farm. “Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there’s a killing,” a source told AP.