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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Prosecutors share note mob murder victim left son


An “extremely distraught” Steven DiSarro, dubious about a sit-down he’d been summoned to with the godfather of the New England Mafia, left a note at his home in Westwood for one of his sons telling him it would be a while before they saw each other again.
The nightclub owner then stepped into a waiting ride and vanished, prosecutors plan to tell a jury later as Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme’s murder trial gets underway this month.
Salemme, 84, who was arrested in 2016 while in the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program, and Paul Weadick, 62, of Burlington are due to go on trial April 24 in U.S. District Court for the May 10, 1993, hit on DiSarro, then the owner of the popular waterfront rock club The Channel.
In court filings of the anticipated testimony of his two star underworld witnesses, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi and Robert P. DeLuca, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak Jr. provides a chilling view into the hours before and after DiSarro, 43, was strangled in Salemme’s son’s home in Sharon to stop him from talking to the FBI about his suspected business dealings with the mob.
Salemme’s late son Francis Salemme Jr. had once worked at The Channel as an assistant manager and was on GPS and house arrest in Sharon when, according to Wyshak, he throttled his former boss as his father watched and “while Paul Weadick held DiSarro’s legs off the floor.”
Wyshak said Flemmi — who is serving life at an undisclosed prison for 10 murders — is expected to testify that during an unannounced visit, he saw Salemme’s son walking DiSarro to the back of the house and witnessed him being killed.
DeLuca, 72, who Wyshak said is a made member of the New England La Cosa Nostra, will testify against Salemme as part of a plea deal under which he pleaded guilty in 2016 to obstruction of justice and making false statements, but has yet to be sentenced. Wyshak said DeLuca will testify that he called the elder Salemme from a pay phone and was told by Salemme he had “a package” he would deliver to DeLuca in Rhode Island, and to make sure to “get a hole dug.”
Salemme is accused of driving DiSarro’s body to North Providence wrapped in a blue tarp in an SUV and transferring it to the trunk of a car for others to dump in a pit after dark.
The veteran prosecutor, whose brief describes the doomed DiSarro as “extremely distraught” about meeting with Salemme, will also put DiSarro’s widow, Pamela, on the stand to testify about a note her husband left in their son’s bedroom before he disappeared “that indicated he would not be able to see his son for an unspecified period of time.”
Wyshak said DiSarro “was never seen again by any member of his family.”



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