John “Big Nose” Avena – Mob Boss

John Avena (center), 1927

John Avena (center), 1927 Born: Sicily, 1893 Died: Philadelphia, August 17, 1936 John Avena was once known as “the biggest numbers man in South Philadelphia”. Born in Sicily about 1893, John succeeded Salvatore Sabella as Philadelphia’s mob boss in the early 1930′s. It is …Read More

William Cusick/Micky Duffy (1888-1931) – Gangster


Born: about 1888 (some sources say September 8, 1888) Died: August 30, 1931 Plot: Section C, Lot 5 “Mickey Duffy” was born in the Gray’s Ferry area of Philadelphia to Polish immigrant parents. His given name was either Michael Joseph Cusick or William Michael …Read More

Augustus Buell (1847-1904) – Fraudulent Author


Born: September 4, 1847 Died: May 23, 1904 Plot: Section 60, Lot 16 Augustus Caesar Buell was born to Simon and Julia Buell, residents of King’s Settlement, near Norwich, New York in 1847. Beyond this piece of personal information, the facts of Buell’s life …Read More