'The Rifleman' Takes Stand Against Ex-New England Mafia Boss

Frank "Cadillac Frank" Salemme (Credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation/Wikipedia)

BOSTON (AP) — The former partner of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has taken the stand to testify against his one-time friend, an ex-New England Mafia boss on trial for the killing of a nightclub owner in 1993.

But so much time has passed since the two have seen each other that former Bulger partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi apparently didn't recognize Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme Jr. sitting in court. When asked to point out Salemme, Flemmi stood up, scanned the room and said he couldn't see him.

Flemmi is expected to testify that he walked in on the killing of Steven DiSarro. Prosecutors say Salemme's son strangled DiSarro while another man, Paul Weadick, held DiSarro's feet and Salemme watched.

Weadick and Salemme deny involvement in the killing. Salemme's son died in 1995.

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