For centuries, Boston has been run by tough neighborhood crews that are in a constant battle for ultimate control and power. On the streets these crews are the law, the keepers of an old world way of life, running Boston's underworld with an iron fist. Now, for the first time ever, we are on the front lines of this never-ending turf war between Boston's oldest rival crews of Southie, Roslindale and Dorchester as they use any means necessary to maintain their stranglehold on one of the oldest cities in America.
These powerful crews vie for customers in the lucrative business of sports gambling. However, these businesses extend far beyond just taking bets. The crews claim to offer loans, move merchandise and solve "neighborhood" problems on their own terms. Southie, the largest and most powerful crew in Boston, is run by the notorious Pat Nee, famed for his battles with gangster Whitey Bulger. As the dominant crew, Southie looks to maintain their status quo, using their reputation - and force - to maintain order. The upstart Roslindale crew operates in a neighboring territory but is forced to pay Southie "rent" - a fee for operating - which has long been a source of tension. The "Rozzie" crew, wants to challenge Southie's power but knows there could be dire consequences. The smaller Dorchester crew finds themselves caught in the middle. They want to maintain their independent status but fear they'll be forced to pick sides if a Southie versus Rozzie battle erupts. It's a difficult position to be in, but it's the way of life on the streets.
This is a side of a society that exists under the radar. Saint Hoods gives a rare, never-before-seen look at the Boston bookie community and how the crew members work together to run their businesses.
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