Philadelphia News – Solebury Murders


In mid-July, 4 young men went missing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After an extensive search, they were found buried in a common grave on a farm in Solebury Township. The farm is owned by the parents of 20-year old Cosmo DiNardo, who, along with his cousin Sean Kratz, also 20, is charged with the murders. DiNardo is facing charges in all four homicides, Kratz in 3. The murders were committed with firearms belonging to DiNardo’s mother.
After a 10-day search, cell phone signals from one of the missing men sent police to the farm. DiNardo, originally a “person of interest” in the case was arrested on an unrelated charge of illegal possession of a weapon. After initially denying involvement in the disappearance or murder of the men, DiNardo finally confessed. The confession came after the Bucks County District Attorney agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for the location of the four bodies. DiNardo’s license plate, along with the license plate of one of the victims, was recorded on camera in the area where the homicides occurred. The recording was taken on a day when DiNardo denied being in the area.
Cosmo DiNardo, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, has had 40 encounters with police in the past 5 years, however, none ended in arrest. He also confessed to murdering 2 people in Philadelphia 5 years ago, though those claims have yet to be validated. His family is cooperating with police in every way after being questioned and subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.
DiNardo has a history of harassing young women online for dates after being repeatedly told that they were not interested. He was banned from the college that he attended for one semester, Arcadia University in Glenside, PA after other students complained about his disturbing behavior. Former friends say that he often spoke of killing people and having people killed.
Although a definitive motive has not yet been discovered, DiNardo confessed to drug dealings with the 4 men. He said that he felt cheated in at least one of the deals when the young man did not have enough money to purchase the amount of drugs that was originally agreed upon.
Funerals were held for each of the 4 victims. The parents of one victim have retained an attorney and filed a civil suit in the case. It is unclear how DiNardo was connected to 3 of the 4 victims.
A court hearing has been set for Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz on September 7. They are currently being held in separate jails with no bail.