Crime. Corruption. Gambling. Learn about the history of the gangsters of Saratoga from 1821 to 1921. The Saratoga Springs of yesteryear would hardly be recognizable today! Gambling, violence, crime and the most blatant forms of corruption allowed gamblers and gangster such as John Morrissey, Richard Canfield and Arnold Rothstein to take over the town and run, virtually untouched, by the law.