Ex-Mafia boss ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme dies in prison at 89

BOSTON (AP) — Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, the as soon as highly effective New England Mafia boss who was serving a life sentence behind bars for the 1993 killing of a Boston nightclub proprietor, has died on the age of 89, in accordance with the Bureau of Prisons.

Salemme died on Tuesday, in accordance with Bureau of Prisons’ on-line information. Bureau officers didn’t instantly reply to an e mail searching for extra data on Sunday. Salemme’s loss of life was first reported Sunday by WPRI-TV.

Salemme led the Patriarca crime household in Boston within the early Nineties earlier than serving to prosecutors convict a corrupt FBI agent after studying that different mobsters had been speaking about him to authorities.

Salemme, who has admitted to a slew of different gangland killings, was residing in Atlanta below the title Richard Parker when stays of the nightclub proprietor have been unearthed in 2016, making the aged ex-Mafia don a authorities goal as soon as once more.

Salemme’s 2018 trial grew to become a flashback to the times when the mob was a feared and highly effective power in New England. Salemme maintained he had nothing to do with Steven DiSarro’s loss of life, however was convicted after his onetime finest pal testified in opposition to him.

Salemme participated in quite a few killings in Boston’s Sixties gang wars and spent 16 years behind bars for making an attempt to kill a lawyer, who survived however misplaced a leg, when his automotive was blown up in 1968. After being launched from jail, Salemme was critically wounded in a taking pictures exterior a suburban Boston pancake home.

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His reign as Mafia boss ended when he, infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and others have been charged in a sweeping racketeering case in 1995. Salemme and Bulger fled after they have been tipped off to the upcoming indictment by Bulger’s FBI handler, John Connolly Jr.

Salemme was arrested in Florida a number of months later whereas Bulger spent 16 years on the lam earlier than being captured on the age of 81 in Santa Monica, California. Bulger was killed by fellow inmates in jail in 2018 on the age of 89.

The racketeering case revealed that Bulger and Salemme’s finest pal, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, had secretly labored as FBI informants. Upset that his fellow mobsters had turned on him, Salemme agreed to plead responsible and cooperate with authorities.

Salemme testified in 2002 in opposition to Connolly, who was convicted of serving to Bulger keep away from prosecution. In change, Salemme was launched from jail early and entered the witness safety program.

At his 2018 trial in Boston, Salemme’s slicked again, wispy gray hair and skinny body made him virtually unrecognizable from the cumbersome, feared mob boss jurors noticed in grainy surveillance photographs from the Nineties.

One other former mobster instructed authorities that he noticed Salemme’s son strangle DiSarro whereas Weadick held the nightclub proprietor’s toes and Salemme stood by. Salemme’s son, often known as “Frankie boy,” died in 1995.

DiSarro’s nightclub, The Channel, was below scrutiny on the time for the Salemmes’ involvement within the enterprise. Simply earlier than DiSarro’s loss of life, the FBI instructed him he was about to be indicted and will cooperate with the federal government in opposition to the Salemmes.

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Salemme’s longtime lawyer, Steven Boozang, mentioned Sunday his consumer had been nothing however a “gentleman” to him and he believed the person “regretted numerous the issues he had carried out in his life, significantly the consequences it had on his rapid household and the households of others.”

Earlier than being sentenced to life in jail in 2018, Salemme rose from his chair, known as the continuing “ridiculous” and mentioned DiSarro’s household hasn’t been instructed the reality. However he seemingly predicted years earlier that his personal story would finish behind bars.

“You’re not going to beat the federal government,” Salemme instructed a reporter in 2004. “Let’s face it. Somehow, they’re going to get you.”


This story has been appropriate to replicate that Bulger was killed on the age of 89, not 80.