According to the Bureau of Prisons, Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme, a once-powerful New England Mafia boss who was serving a life sentence in prison for the 1993 murder of a Boston nightclub owner, passed away at the age of 89.
Online records for the Bureau of Prisons show that Salemme passed away on Tuesday. When asked for additional details through email on Sunday, bureau representatives did not answer right away. WPRI-TV was the first to disclose Salemme’s death on Sunday.
Cadillac Frank oversaw the Patriarca crime family in Boston in the early 1990s before learning that other mobsters had been talking about him to law enforcement and assisting in the conviction of a dishonest FBI agent.
When the bones of the nightclub owner were discovered in 2016, Salemme—who has acknowledged a number of other gangland killings—was residing in Atlanta as Richard Parker, making the elderly former Mafia don a new target of the government.
While incarcerated in 1957, Salemme met Patriarca family gangster Anthony Morelli. Following his release from prison. He began collaborating with Morelli on criminal activities, and after a short while, he rose to the rank of associate in the Patriarca family. Albeit he was unable to attain made man or full membership.
Salemme was revered by Patriarca leader Raymond Patriarca for his loyalty to the family and his business acumen. But he only permitted full-blooded Italians to become made men, and Salemme was partially Irish through his mother Anne Salemme.