Boston Mobster “Cadillac Frank” Salemme On Trial For 1993 Murder

By on May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

The bust of an industrial-sized marijuana farm in an old warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island, yielded an unexpected result, the indictment of former Mafia chieftain “Cadillac Frank” Salemme for a 1993 murder. Salemme, 84, was a street level thug in the Boston Cosa Nostra who rose to prominence when he used a bomb in an attempt to kill a lawyer in 1968. He went to prison for the crime in 1973. After his release he forged a relationship with “Whitey” Bulger’s Winter Hill gang. In 1991, about the same time he became boss of the New England Mafia, Salemme and his son became silent partners in a nightclub in South Boston. The frontman for the business was Steven DiSarro, a 43-year-old father of five. As investigators closed in on both Bulger and Salemme, the FBI pressured DiSarro to talk. Soon after, he disappeared. Salemme testified against Bulger and went into witness protection, where he’s been ever since. In August 2015, authorities discovered 1,400 marijuana plants growing inside the Providence warehouse. The owner, William Ricci, faced criminal charges. He bargained for information about a body buried in back of the building, Steven DiSarro’s. Authorities say he was killed on orders from Salemme, who was indicted along with his former associate, Paul Weadick. Former Bulger associate Steve “The Rifleman” Flemmi is expected to testify against them.
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