No Explanation for Gruesome PA Youth Killings

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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.”

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