Patrick Nee, a convicted felon who is said to be an ally of Boston mobster James Whitey Bulger, will be featured on a reality show on the Discovery Channel, The Boston Globe reported.
The reality show, called “Saint Hoods,” which will be partly dramatized, details the turf wars between Boston mobsters and gives a "rare, never-before-seen look at how these crews members work together to run their businesses," Discovery said in a press release. The show is set to air on August 2, and will showcase underworld crews from Roslindale, Dorchester, and South Boston.
“Southie, the largest and most powerful crew in Boston, is run by the notorious Pat Nee, famed for his battles with gangster Whitey Bulger,” the release read, indicating the possibility of featuring Nee on the series.
Although Nee and Bulger were rivals in the initial days, they soon became associates, and his name has been mentioned a number of times in the ongoing Bulger trial.
The news of Discovery featuring Nee on its reality show has not gone down well with the families of Bulger’s alleged victims.
Tommy Donahue, son of Michael Donahue who is said to have been murdered by Bulger, said he is planning to contact Discovery to protest the show. “I’m absolutely disgusted,” he told The Boston Globe.
Steven Davis, brother of another possible victim of Bulger's, Debra Davis, too voiced similar sentiments, and added that it is surprising Nee would appear on a show.
“You hear his name through everybody brought up on the stand,” Davis told The Boston Globe. “I couldn’t see him go on some reality TV show, after all this.”
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.