[BOT] How a buried secret led to a Boston murder trial against a once-powerful Mafia boss - National Post

Tuesday, May 15 2018

In 1995, Salemme was indicted on federal racketeering charges along with other major players in the Boston underworld, including Bulger and Flemmi, Boston.com reported. Bulger ran, and eventually, Salemme learned a gang boss and Flemmi had been longtime FBI informants. Furious at the betrayal, in 1999, Salemme agreed to plead guilty to a sentence of 11 years. As part of the deal, he helped prosecutors with their case against Bulger and others. This pair of file photos show Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, left, on Sept. 22, 2008, as he testified in a Miami court in the murder trial of former FBI agent John Connolly, and James "Whitey" Bulger, right, in a June 23, 2011 booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. AP Photos/J. Pat Carter and U.S. Marshals Service, File
Although Salemme had always been suspected of having a hand in DiSarro's death , he maintained he knew nothing of the club owner's disappearance. Salemme's son passed away in the 1990s. The former mob boss stood by his innocence, even after pleading guilty in 2008 to lying to investigators looking into DiSarro's vanishing.
After his release, Salemme was living in Atlanta under a new name as part of the witness protection program, according to the Globe.
Then DiSarro was found beneath eight feet of New England earth behind the Providence mill.
The main witness against Salemme in his ongoing trial is another figure out of the mob boss's glory days. Former Bulger associate Flemmi is expected to testify against Salemme.
According to prosecutors, Flemmi walked in on DiSarro's murder as it was happening.
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