Ex-New England Mob Boss Remained a Patriots Fan in Hiding

FILE - This 1995 file photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., and released by the FBI shows Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, that the former Mafia boss has been arrested on charges related to murder of a witness. He is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston Wednesday afternoon.(Federal Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

FILE – This 1995 file photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., and released by the FBI shows Francis P. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme. (Federal Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Despite moving more than 1,000 miles from Boston, an ex-mob boss remained an ardent supporter of the New England Patriots while in witness protection.

Members of an Atlanta-based Patriots fan club tell WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, that Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme attended at least three of the group’s game watching parties under an assumed name during the past two seasons.

Salemme entered witness protection in 1999 after testifying against fellow mobsters James “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-jur) and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, as well as their handler, retired FBI agent John Connolly Jr.

John Gray, president of the Atlanta fan club says he feels bad for Salemme’s victims, but “when you’re a Patriots fan — you’re family.”

Salemme was arrested last week in Connecticut on charges he murdered a witness in 1993.

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