It’s the case of Cosmo DiNardo. I’ve followed his case closely (like many have) because of the horrendous nature of the crime committed by a young man who seemingly “decided” to kill his friends rather than sell them the drugs they  planned to buy. 

It is one of the most ghastly Bucks County cases I can recall. We know DiNardo, 21, made a deal with Bucks County prosecutors and admitted he killed the four young men last summer on a local farm owned by his parents.  

DiNardo took a deal for four consecutive life sentences for a guilty plea and avoidance of a death penalty after a trial. Is there a harsher sentence? His cousin and alleged co-conspirator, Sean Kratz, of Philadelphia did not bargain and faces trial and possibly a different outcome.

The statement DiNardo gave authorities was grisly —  and the work of a person who was out of his mind, off in some fantasy world, perhaps watching a movie in his head.  How could this have been a real thing for the killer? The work of a madman? 

Recently, a city newspaper profiled the young men who lost their lives and were buried or burned on that remote farm. What is missing from the profiles is the blatant fact that they were involved in drug activity on one level or another. And it does not matter if one is dealing on the dark streets of the inner city or with a former prep school student-friend. It is apparent they were incapable of assessing the evil that lies within the soul of anyone  involved in the drug trade whether it is street drugs, opioids, domestic or “imported.” It’s all dangerously bad and we cannot deny the obvious — those engaged in that nefarious business are capable of anything as unbelievable as it seems to you and me.   

Always, the red flags are out there in gangland, but what are the warning signs about the kid you went to school with? It seems illicit drug sales should be the number one clue and next – Facebook.     -PW