Boston Herald – 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. …
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.
My dear, sainted mother was one of those people that believe there was some good in all people. She may have raised a baby boy who grew up to be a determined, grudge-holding cynic, filled with resentment who is convinced of the irredeemable badness in the human soul. But not her. She had a genius for finding the good in others, and one of her most-used catch phrases when talking about some incorrigible asshat or other was “Oh, he means well.”
Well, after reading this, maybe St. Irene of Dorchester was right. Maybe there is some good in all of us. I mean, Cadillac Frank Salemme is a vicious, heartless, blood-thirsty thug who planned murders with Whitey Bulger, once blew up a mob informant’s attorney’s car, shook down film crews working in Boston and Providence, did federal time for extortion, racketeering and loansharking, and just last week, while in the Witness Protection Program, he was charged with the 1993 murder of an unnamed witness.
But on the other hand, he did keep rooting for the Patriots. Sure, he’s got blood on his hands, but he was standing side-by-side with other Pats fans at viewing parties, cheering on Malcolm Butler’s interception and —
Never mind. I can’t finish that thought. The fans of New England don’t need him in our ranks. Even my mom wouldn’t find anything to like about this maniac. If there’s any justice in the world, he’ll live out the rest of his life behind bars, and hopefully as a Ravens fan.