John “Big Nose” Avena

John "Big Nose" Avena, mob boss, standing with two other men

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.…

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Augustus Buell

Faded black and white image of Augustus Buell

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…

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