Former mob boss accused of driving murder victim’s body to Providence

BOSTON (WPRI) – Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, the former head the New England crime family, and another man were indicted Friday for their role in the 1993 murder of a Boston nightclub owner whose body was exhumed in Providence last March.

Salemme and Paul Weadick, of Burlington, were charged with murder of a witness. Weadick, 61, is identified as a former mob associate by the Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office. The pair are scheduled to appear in a Boston federal courtroom Thursday afternoon for an arraignment.

According to the indictment, Steven DiSarro acquired nightclub “The Channel” between 1990 and 1991. Investigators said Salemme had an interest in the club and it was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation when DiSarro disappeared in 1993.

The indictment states Salemme’s son, Frank Salemme Jr. (who died in 1995) and Weadick killed DiSarro. Salemme then drove the body to Providence and arranged to have it buried behind a mill building at 715 Branch Ave.Francis 'Cadillac Frank' Salemme

Longtime Rhode Island mobster Robert “Bobby” DeLuca was charged earlier this year with lying to investigators about what he knew of the murder. Prosecutors say DeLuca took part in the disposal of the body.

The building is owed by William Ricci, who was charged last year as part of a crackdown on a marijuana growing operation. Ricci was identified as a close associate of DeLuca’s.

FBI agents dug for DiSarro’s body behind the mill building for a week in March before coming upon his remains, which were identified using DNA.

Salemme, 83, was arrested last month on a criminal complaint. The indictment was expected.

Salemme has previously denied he had anything to do with DiSarro’s murder. According to investigators, Deluca “falsely stated” during a March 2011 questioning by FBI agents that he had “no information regarding the disappearance of Stephen DiSarro.”

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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