Police search Ambler property linked to Sean Michael Kratz

- Cosmo DiNardo's confession to killing four young men at his family's Bucks County farm last week included the stunning claim that he had an accomplice: his cousin. Now that man-- 20-year-old Sean Michael Kratz-- is behind bars charged in three of those murders. 


Police using metal detectors spent Friday morning scouring a property linked to Kratz on Susquehanna Avenue in Ambler.  The search would ultimately lead to the recovery of a .357 handgun.
 
Next door, Bill Hale and his wife looked on in stunned sadness. 

"Nice kid," said Hale.  Ever notice any hint of violence, asked FOX 29's Bruce Gordon.  "No, no," replied Hale.

Court documents say Kratz teamed up with Cosmo DiNardo, his cousin, in the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo-- all three lured to Dinardo's Bucks county farm property by the promise of drug deals. 
 
Kratz claims in the documents that DiNardo was the trigger man but admits he was on hand for the murders and the burials. The charges against Kratz include abuse of a corpse.
 
DiNardo, for his part, insists Kratz fired the fatal shot at Finocchiaro, but admits he also shot the young man as he lay on the ground.
 
It was Dinardo's confession that led authorities to Kratz's Philadelphia home on the 800 block of Magee late Thursday night. Police took Kratz into custody and obtained a confession that shook those next-door neighbors in Ambler. 

 "I can't believe!" said Bill Hale. "I can't believe it and I don't want to believe it!"

Long after investigators had left the Kratz property, FOX 29 paid a visit to the Lutheran church down the road.
Gordon asked a congregant about the evil in in their midst.

"Very sad," said Eileen Ghenn of Worcester. "Tragic. All those lives that were lost and the families whose lives will never be the same. My heart goes out to them."
 
Though only 20, Kratz is no stranger to trouble. At his formal arraignment Friday afternoon, he told the judge he has two pending criminal cases unrelated to this matter, and that he is still recovering from having been shot several months ago.
 
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