According to reports former New England mafia capo Robert “Bobby” DeLuca who turned rat back in 2011 is once again cooperating with feds against his former mafia pals.
He was charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements for denying any knowledge of a 1993 mob hit during an interview with feds when he flipped in 2011. Since his arrest in June he has been cooperating by supplying the feds with information on former New England mob boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme and his involvement in the Steven DiSarro murder. Salemme who also turned rat was living in the witness protection program before being arrested last month and charged with DiSarro’s murder.
According to investigators DeLuca came clean and admitted that he and his brother helped to dispose of DiSarro’s body in Providence after he was killed by Salemme his late son and mob associate Paul Weadick. The former Cosa Nostra capo said Salemme warned him in 1993 that he suspected DiSarro was stealing from a Boston nightclub they were involved in and may have been cooperating with the feds. DeLuca admitted to advising Salemme to “get rid of him.” About a week later Salemme sent him a coded message on his pager telling him to dig a hole because he was going to deliver him a package said DeLuca.
DeLuca said his brother retrieved DiSarro’s body from Salemme and buried it in Providence where it was recently discovered by authorities. He said Salemme told him that his son had strangled DiSarro while Weadick held his legs. The information supplied by DeLuca bolsters an account the feds received in 2003 from mobster Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi. Salemme was indicted along with Flemmi and Whitey Bulger back in 1995 and turned rat after finding out both Bulger and Flemmi were informants. He went on to testify for the feds and was promised immunity to his crimes admitting to participating in 8 murders in the 1960s but refused to give information about more than a half dozen mafia murders in the 80s and 90s.
Salemme was kicked out of the witness protection program in 2004 after being charged with lying about the DiSarro hit. After pleading guilty he did a 5-year stretch and then was allowed back into the program. If convicted the former Patriarca family mobster could spend the rest of his life behind bars.