1. Bucks County Killer Cosmo DiNardo confessed to two other deaths ( Report )
The Pennysylvania man accused of four murders has said that he killed two others over the last five years, according to a report. Cosmo DiNardo confessed to the killing of four people who went missing in Bucks County, outside Philadelphia, earlier this month, with his lawyer saying he did so to avoid the death penalty.
But questioning the 20-year-old, who has a history of mental illness including schizophrenia, led to him saying that he was part of two other killings when he was 15, the New York Timesreported. Information about possible further murders comes after the disappearances and deaths of Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro, Tom Meo and Mark Sturgis received nationwide attention.
DiNardo allegedly lured the men, in their late teens and early 20s, to his family's farm in Solebury with promises of separate drug deals. The suspect's cousin Sean Kratz, 20, was also arrested for alleged involvement in some of the killings in which DiNardo allegedly put three bodies in a "pig roaster" and burned them. DiNardo and Kratz are also accused of burying the bodies more than 12-feet deep using a backhoe. The arrest of DiNardo has led to other details about his past being uncovered, including 30 run-ins with police in the last six years and an arrest for possessing a firearm after being institutionalized.
2. Babysitters arrested after posting Snapchat of putting infant in fridge
Two underage girls were arrested in Massachusetts this week after video surfaced of them putting a crying baby in a refrigerator while they were babysitting. Video posted to Snapchat shows the girls laughing as one of them places the crying baby in the refrigerator before she closes the door completely and says "bye." The baby remains in the fridge for a few seconds until one of the teens opens the door and removes the screaming infant. The child was unharmed, according to police. The infant's mother told local affiliate WCVB she had asked her niece and her niece's friend to watch the 7-month-old for a few minutes while she took a shower.
"I was horrified. I was in shock. I'm traumatized from that. I don't want anyone near my child anymore," said the child's mother, who was identified as Bonnie.
"Kids do stupid things. She didn't – I know she wouldn't hurt my daughter and that wasn't her intentions. I think it was all foolishness, stupidity," Bonnie continued. "I'm more happy that my child is alive and well."
Both girls were charged with child endangerment, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
"You live, you learn and this is a lesson my niece will learn to be careful who you leave your children with. You can't trust anyone, not even your own family," Bonnie said.
3. Video of Drive-By Cat Killings Prompts Arrest in Saudi Arabia
It was the kind of cat video no one would want to see. A 26-year-old Saudi man was arrested on Thursday after officials said he had posted a Snapchat video in which he killed at least three cats with what appeared to be a rifle, some from a moving car. In the video, which was taken in a residential neighborhood in the port city of Jidda and which prompted a social media uproar, the man could be heard saying that he was shooting the cats because they had repeatedly left a mess on his four cars.
“For those who tell me it’s haram” — forbidden — “to kill cats: I have to wash four cars every week,” he says in the video, which users captured and posted to YouTube because Snapchat videos normally disappear after 24 hours. The man recorded himself with a digitally altered image — a cat’s ears and nose were superimposed on his face, using one of Snapchat’s filters — and modified his voice, which was made to sound like that of a high-pitched robot.
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4. He said he was retrieving stolen watches. Then detectives showed him his Snapchat post
There are plenty of dumb criminals in the world, but it takes a special type to post evidence of a crime on social media – and then tell law enforcement he’s secretly working with them when confronted with the photos. Such is the case of Anthony “Peewee” Federico, 21, of Vero Beach, according to law enforcement. Federico was recently at the home of a woman he knows and asked her to give him some watches she owned, and she declined, according to the TC Palm. Federico allegedly posted on Snapchat after that he was “going to break in and steal the watches.” The victim, thinking that message was odd, saved it, according to Sebastian Daily.
On Aug. 4 2017, she returned home to find her windows smashed and all 16 of her watches gone. They were valued at $3,200. Federico wasn’t done with the social media posts, though. He posted to Snapchat again, this time with a photo of him wearing one of the stolen watches on a chain around his neck, according to the TC Palm. The woman called detectives on her case and sent them the picture.
An employee account at the victim’s condo complex and a surveillance video provided more evidence that Federico was the possible thief, so detectives decided to question him, according to the TC Palm. First, Federico claimed he bought the watch that was in his pocket – the same one that he showed around his neck in a Snapchat post, according to his arrest report. When detectives showed him his own Snapchat post, Federico then claimed he was helping law enforcement to retrieve the stolen watches, according to the report.
“Upon asking him why he did not call me, the lead agent on the case, since he had one of the watches on his possession … Federico became silent,” the detective said in the report, according to Sebastian Daily. Federico was charged with felony burglary, felony grand theft, misdemeanor criminal mischief, and felony attempted burglary to an occupied dwelling.
5. Group attacks Cleveland transgender resident with brick, wooden plank, posts video on Snapchat
A group attacked a transgender Cleveland resident with a brick, a wooden plank and a helmet and posted a video of the attack on Snapchat, according to police and court records. Two men and two women repeatedly hit, stomped and kicked the 20-year-old victim Sunday at an apartment complex in the city's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood. The victim suffered severe facial swelling and cuts to the face and ears, and was treated at MetroHealth. A family member of the victim, who did not want to be identified out of fear for the victim's safety, said the victim did not identify as a man or woman, but only as transgender.
Investigators identified one of the men involved in the attack as Sean Tolbert, 19, of Cleveland, according to court records. Tolbert, who is charged with felonious assault and kidnapping, is not in custody but a warrant was issued for his arrest. The victim's family member said the group terrorized the victim for months prior to the attack, which happened Sunday afternoon at an apartment complex on Archwood Avenue.
The victim was forced to wash Tolbert's car to repay a $15 debt. Tolbert repeatedly hit the victim with a wooden plank every time the victim missed a spot on the car, according to police reports. Later, a group of four people, including Tolbert, grabbed and repeatedly attacked the victim with several objects, including a helmet, a brick and wooden plank while shouting transgender slurs, according to court records.
Tolbert picked up and slammed the victim to the ground during the attack, court records say. The other three attackers have not yet been identified. One of the assailants recorded the attack and posted it on Snapchat, according to court records. Investigators obtained a copy of that video as well as surveillance video from the apartment building, according to court records.
The attack could be classified as a hate crime, according to a second report taken two days later. The second report was taken because Tolbert is accused of nearly driving his car into apartment building managers who served him an eviction notice because of the attack. Tolbert argued with the managers when they went to serve him the eviction notice, and slammed a door in their face. The managers walked to the parking lot and Tolbert followed them, saying what he had done to the transgender victim "wasn't as bad as other things going on in the building," the report says.
Tolbert then jumped into his car and drove at the managers, turning at the last second to narrowly miss hitting them, the report says. The managers told police they didn't think Tolbert was trying to hit them with his car, but felt like he was trying to intimidate them, the report says. Tolbert is charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor, in that incident.
6. Teens Snapchat vandalism of local high school, get arrested
Two teens are in jail after vandalizing a Cobb County high school while broadcasting the whole crime online over the weekend. The suspects proudly displayed their alleged crime spree to followers on Snapchat. Looking for 30 seconds of social media fame, they ended up getting a whole lot more.
Officers said that one a weekend afternoon, Gary Higginbotham and Christopher Gonzales burglarized and vandalized Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga. They also targeted several restaurants the same day. Sharing their actions live on social media, they proudly showed their faces. Officers said the teens smashed holes in the gym ceiling using a basketball and even tossed furniture around. Walking over to the school cafeteria, they also grabbed food from an industrial freezer. And after parading on the roof of the school, officers said they drove to nearby restaurants spraying cars and customers with a fire extinguisher.
"We just see smoke," Chef Omar Vera from Marlow's Tavern said.
Vera said the teens were particularly overbearing at the restaurant.
"Maybe they got their 30 seconds of fame and they sure got it," he said.
It turns out those 30 seconds are also giving them days in the slammer. And that's in no small part due to the fact that they actually recorded themselves jumping on the hood of a Cobb County police car. Investigators don't think it's a laughing matter though. The teens are now facing several charges including burglary, vandalism and making terroristic threats. Both Higginbotham and Gonzales were jailed on $40,000 bail.
7. Man arrested after step-granddaughter posts video of alleged rape on Snapchat
A woman who was allegedly raped by her step-grandfather posted footage of the incident on Snapchat, police have confirmed. Authorities say the unnamed 20-year-old was drunk at the time after being given alcohol by her grandmother's new partner, and that she was shown in the video "clearly" protesting several times against his sexual advances. James Allen, 77, was arrested and charged with rape on Tuesday in Marblehead, Ohio. Police said a friend of the woman viewed the Snapchat clip and asked officers to conduct a welfare check in the early hours of the morning.
Michael Meisler, the police chief of Danbury Township, said the woman was staying with her grandmother and Mr Allen at the time of the alleged incident. Officers were allowed into the house by Mr Allen who took them upstairs, where they found the woman in an impaired state, Mr Meisler said. She was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center and was later discharged.
8. Teen jumps to death in Snapchat stunt gone wrong
A teen from Singapore died on Friday while trying to perform a risky stunt for a Snapchat video. Johnathan Chow, 17, jumped over the railing at a Singapore mall, hoping to land safely on a ledge just beneath him. But the ledge couldn’t support Chow’s weight and he fell through the plasterboard to his death four floors below, according to local news outlet TODAY. His friend Ruth, who declined to be identified by her full name, told TODAY she watched the tragedy unfold.
“We both thought the ledge was made of concrete, but when he jumped, he fell straight through,” Ruth said. “I knew it was dangerous, but before I could stop him, he already jumped over.” She said the 17-year-old came up with the idea for the stunt while they were clothes shopping at the mall. “Help me take a Snapchat video and I’ll jump,” she said Chow told her. Surveillance video appears to show the two talking near the railing, and then Ruth reacting in horror as Chow leaps to his death.
“I swear I wanted to jump over too but I knew it was too late,” she said.
Earlier this month, another dangerous social media stunt claimed a young woman’s life in New Zealand when she and friends tried to take a selfie near a dam as floodgates opened.