Ex-New England mob boss remained a Patriots fan in hiding

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 (sah-LEHM'-ee) 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.

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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.