Cadillac Frank Formally Indicted; The Saint Slated for October Release

Yesterday, Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, one-time boss of the New England Mafia, was formally indicted for the 1993 murder of a Boston nightclub owner whose body was found this past March in Providence, Rhode Island by law enforcement authorities acting on a tip.

Salemme, Paul Weadick, who also is named in the indictment, and Salemme's son, who died in 1995, have long been suspected of involvement in the notorious disappearance of the nightclub owner, Steven A. DiSarro.

The indictment, unsealed Friday, charges Salemme and Weadick with the murder of DiSarro, a federal witness. 

Salemme flipped and testified against notorious Irish mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger; the former boss of the Patriarca crime family was in the federal witness protection program -- and actually tried to lam it. He was nabbed last month in a Connecticut hotel.

Weadick, arrested Friday, pleaded not guilty during a hearing in U.S. District Court. Weadick was ordered held in custody pending a detention hearing, which was slated for Sept. 8.

In 2003, Winter Hill turncoat Steve Flemmi told federal and state authorities that he had walked in on DiSarro's murder in progress at the Sharon home of Francis Salemme’s former wife, according to a DEA report filed in Boston federal court. Flemmi had named Paul Weadick as a witness to the murder. (In the above video Salemme's lawyer addresses the oddness of the account told by "The Rifleman" Flemmi.)

The indictment alleges that Salemme, Weadick and Salemme's son participated in DiSarro's killing to prevent him from talking to authorities about illegal activities. Salemme and his son, Frank Salemme Jr., had a hidden interest in DiSarro's nightclub, The Channel. 

Weadick, 61, of Burlington, was a close associate of Salemme's son, who died in 1995, according to the indictment.

Salemme, 83, led the New England Cosa Nostra family in the early 1990s.

After DiSarro died, Salemme transported the body to Providence, Rhode Island, where it was buried behind a mill by mob associates, the indictment alleges.

DiSarro's remains were only found this past March.

Salemme denies participating in DiSarro's killing. 

Weadick had "absolutely nothing to do with" DiSarro's murder, his lawyer said, according to published reports. 

Salemme was indicted for racketeering in 1995 and convicted in 1999; he was subsequently convicted of obstruction of justice in 2008 for lying to federal authorities about the DiSarro murder.

Salemme then entered the federal Witness Protection program for cooperating during the prosecution of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and former FBI Agent John Connolly Jr., Bulger's handler.

In July, following the discovery of DiSarro's remains, a longtime capo in the Patriarca crime family, Robert P. “Bobby” DeLuca Sr., 70, appeared in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and later returned to Massachusetts to face charges for lying to federal authorities about the DiSarro murder. 

DeLuca is charged with obstructing justice.

Capo "The Saint" Wanted DeLuca Whacked

A New England Mafia capo called "one of Rhode Island’s most notorious mob figures," who wanted Bobby DeLuca whacked very badly, is due to be released from prison next month.

Anthony “The Saint” St. Laurent and his son, who was released this past March, went away for extorting bookmakers. The elder St. Laurent also pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence, R.I., to an attempted murder-for-hire scheme. He was accused of trying to hire hitmen to gun-down DeLuca on three different occasions.

St. Laurent Sr., 73, of Johnston, is in failing health -- or has done a good job convincing others that he's been in failing health for the past decade. He reportedly frequently appears in court in a wheelchair.

The Saint wanted DeLuca killed because DeLuca had publicly vilified St. Laurent Sr. by calling him a government informant.

St. Laurent Sr. acknowledged in his plea agreement that he was a “made” member of the New England Cosa Nostra, as noted by the Fed's at the time.

New England Mafia Capo "The Saint"

As reported, based on information presented in court, in 2006-2007, St. Laurent Sr. offered money to several individuals, including men identified as violent criminals, to murder DeLuca, in retaliation for DeLuca publicly accusing St. Laurent Sr. of being a government informant.

Anthony St. Laurent Sr., is serving his sentence at Fort Devens in Ayer, Mass., and is scheduled to be released next month.