Four Men Murdered by Two Cousins in Pennsylvania, 9 People Die in Flash Floods in Arizona, Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey to Start, NTID/RIT Announces $1 Million Grant for Future Scientists, and DeafBlind Gallaudet Swimmer Successfully Advocates for Accessible Flashing Lights for Swim Meets
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, July 17. 7-17-17. Ready for news?
In Bucks County, Pennsylvania — two cousins are accused of recently killing four men and hiding their bodies in a farm. The cousins’ names are Cosmo DiNardo (20) and Sean Kratz (20).
The first murder was on July 5 when a 19-year old man, Jimi Patrick, arranged to meet Cosmo to buy 4 pounds of marijuana for $8,000. At Cosmo’s parents’ farm, Jimi said he only had $800. Cosmo then offers to sell him a shotgun, and after giving him it, pulls out his .22 caliber rifle and shoots and kills him. He then used a backhoe to dig a hole and bury him 6 feet deep. Jimi was reported missing the next day.
On July 7, Cosmo arranged two different deals to sell marijuana. Cosmo then meets with his cousin, Sean, and gives him a .357 gun. They drive to pick up a marijuana buyer, Dean Finocchiaro (19). When they get to the farm, both cousins shoot and kill him in a barn. His body is wrapped in tarp and placed in a metal tank.
Later on the same day, Cosmo arranges to sell marijuana to Thomas Meo (21). Thomas was with with his friend, Mark Sturgis (22). Cosmo meets with both of them and both drive their vehicles to the family house.
Thomas and Mark then gets in into Cosmo’s truck and Comso drives it into the farm. Sean was already there, waiting. As Thomas exited the truck, Cosmo shoots him in the back, causing him to fall on the ground screaming. This scares Mark, who runs away. Cosmo shoots at him, killing him. He then turns back to Thomas and when he realizes he’s out of ammo, he drove the backhoe towards him, running over his body, killing him. Cosmo then uses the backhoe to pick up both bodies and put it in the metal tank, pours gas on it, and lights it on fire. The cousins then leave the farm.
The next day (July 8), they used the backhoe to dig a hole over 12 feet deep and buried the metal tank with the bodies of Dean, Thomas, and Mark.
Around this time police was getting reports of various men missing and the search was starting — five different police departments was involved. They found Thomas’ car at the family home. They interview Cosmo, who makes up stories.
Police then got search warrants, cadaver dogs, and construction equipment to search the area and the farm. They arrest Cosmo on July 10 on an unrelated weapons charge.
The search continued with an expanded team. On July 13, police announce they found the buried bodies. Cosmo confesses to murdering the men and says his cousin Sean was involved. Cosmo then told where the first body, Jimi, was buried — in exchange for not getting the death penalty. Police then arrested Sean. Both are charged with homicide, robbery, and abuse of a corpse.
It is not known why the cousins decided to kill the men. Cosmo has schizophrenia, a mental disorder and had an extensive criminal history. Sean also had an extensive criminal history.
Those terrible crimes and the deaths of four young men has made an impact on the county. The two cousins will go to trial and will probably be jailed for life.
At least 9 people from the same family died from a flash flood in Arizona on Saturday. A family, 14 of them, had a gathering at a natural swimming hole/creek — “Cold Springs Swimming Hole” — at the Tonto National Forest, 90 miles north of Phoenix.
Around 100 other people were also swimming when a thunderstorm sent water rushing down the rocks, immediately causing the creek to rise to 6 feet high, 40 feet wide, moving at 45 mph, pushing trees and rocks through a canyon. The creek has some steep waterfalls along it.
Many managed to escape, some became stuck and held on a tree or a rock and waited for rescuers, but 9 people are confirmed dead from the same family.
A woman, Maria (26), her three young kids (3, 5, 7), her sister (24), her daughter (2), her brother (14), her mother (60), and her grandson (13). Maria’s husband is missing and feared dead.
Four other people from the same family managed to escape safely, a married couple and their two kids. Rescue crews with helicopters came and saved several people.
There is a GoFundMe for the family’s funeral expenses — it’s raised over $12,000. Link is in transcript. https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-out-hector-and-family
The Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey will start tomorrow, July 18 — and continue up to July 30. From looking at the deaflympics2017.org website, there are over 3,000 athletes from 97 different countries who will compete in 21 different sports.
Athletes from the U.S. have arrived — they will play in six different sports: cycling, track and field, golf, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. You can look at the schedules and results on the deaflympics2017.org website.
For media coverage and video updates, check out H3 World TV on Facebook or online — they have a Deaf team on-site. I look forward to seeing the updates.
NTID announced they received a $1 million grant over the next five years to develop a scientists-in-training program for deaf/hard of hearing undergraduate students. The grant is so there will be more underrepresented students who become Ph.D. students in biomedical or behavioral sciences.
The grant program is named RISE - short for Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
The money will go to various workshops, presentations, and activities related to science for both students and faculty.
Selected RISE student-scholars will get training and wage support to work in research laboratories at RIT and elsewhere. They will partner with other scholars who do work in the fields they are interested in.
The program will be run by RIT/NTID faculty. Nice. For more information, check out the link below.
NTID Release: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/nih-grants-1-million-ritntid-scientists-training-program-deaf-and-hard-hearing-undergraduates
A DeafBlind Gallaudet student-athlete, Faye Frez-Albrecht, who is a swimmer, and the Gallaudet swimming coach, Larry Curran, was featured in a USAToday article in which they are credited with changing the sport of swimming by advocating to add light signals to the swimmers’ starting blocks — to make it fair for all swimmers.
Last year, Faye was disqualified from her 2016 collegiate conference (NEAC) swimming championships because she didn’t make it to her block on time. Faye made a vlog in February of last year saying the swim meet was delayed because of issues with the water filter system, causing the events to be rushed when it started.
When it was her turn for the 400 IM, she was “delayed” because she couldn’t hear the voice announcements, and when she was walking with her coaches to her block, other people and wires blocked her way. When she was almost to her block, she saw that other swimmers had already jumped in. She missed her start and it resulted in an automatic disqualification for that event and the entire meet.
That sparked Faye and her coach Larry to work with the NCAA to improve accessibility. They partnered with Nick Santino, who created “Reaction Light Systems” (RLS) — a new system that has lights that protrude from the swimming blocks. That way, swimmers can look straight ahead instead of looking to a light that flashes from the side of the pool or depending on a hand signal.
They continued to work with the NCAA to make sure the RLS fit with the timing system and test it. The system was tested often at the Gallaudet pool. It was used for the 2017 NEAC swimming tournament and it was a success. The NCAA officially approved RLS last month for all college competitions starting with the 2017-18 season. The National Federation of State High School Associations, the YMCA, and USA Swimming also have approved RLS. RLS will be used for the current Deaflympics in Turkey.
Even though this is a successful step, they are not satisfied — as they want the RLS system to be required for all meets for full accessibility. Currently the RLS is just “permitted” for use. There’s a good chance this can become widespread and a permanent part of the sport, because hearing swimmers and coaches like the lights, since light is faster than the horn sound.
Great story, and props to Faye, Coach Larry, and RLS inventor Nick for making a real impact in the sport of swimming.
Faye Vlog: https://www.facebook.com/1384912536/videos/10206214913596845
Gallaudet Feature Video “A Fair Start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxowmKSIhhg&feature=youtu.be
USAToday Article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/07/13/deaf-swimmer-inspires-change-with-starting-lights/471238001/
Larry Curran Bio: http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/releases/coachcurran
Reaction Light Systems: https://www.reactionlights.com/
RLS Staff Bio: https://www.trine.edu/innovation-one/successes/index.aspx
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!