Former mob boss Francis ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme charged with murdering witness

FROM MERLIN ARCHIVE DO NOT RESEND TO LIBRARY ** FILE ** This is a photo released by the FBI showing reputed New England Mafia leader Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, after his arrest Aug. 11, 1995, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Salemme has been charged with lying to investigators about his role in the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner in order to get a shorter sentence for his racketeering conviction. Salemme, 71, was charged in 1995 with participating in eight murders. He pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators. He was astar witness for the government in the trial of corrupt FBI agent John Connolly Jr. (AP Photo/FBI) Library Tag 11102004 Metro Library Tag 11242004 Metro Library Tag 07122005 Metro Library Tag 07212005 Metro Library Tag 08182005 Metro Library Tag 08282008 / OUTTAKe 0303 Library Tag 07032011 National/Foreign northernlight whiteyglobebook /// **whiteybulgerarchive
Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, after his arrest Aug. 11, 1995, in West Palm Beach, Fla. —FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS, FILE 1995

Federal officials have charged a former Mafia boss with killing a witness more than 20 years ago.

Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, 82, was arrested Wednesday and held without bail after his appearance in federal court.

The complaint charges Salemme with killing a witness in Stoughton on May 10, 1993. It does not name who the victim was, but The Boston Globe reports that it is the same date that South Boston nightclub manager Steven A. DiSarro was murdered in a Sharon home. His remains were found in Providence earlier this year.

The complaint says Salemme lives in Atlanta under the name Richard Parker. According to The Boston Globe, prosecutors said Salemme had recently fled the witness protection program and should be held without bail.

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Salemme’s attorney agreed not to challenge the bail request.

In 2003, gangster Stephen”The Rifleman” Flemmi told investigators that he walked into Salemme’s Sharon home as DiSarro was being strangled by Salemme’s now-deceased son.

Flemmi later told authorities that the elder Salemme said he disposed of the body in Rhode Island.

Another former mobster, Robert P. DeLuca, was arrested in June and charged in connection with DiSarro’s murder. DeLuca was charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements for allegedly lying to federal investigators about DiSarro’s murder.

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