Skullduggery is not a family value!

As if Bush wasn't in enough trouble over the immigration mess, wait till the American Indians get hold of him. Today's LA Times reports that Bush's grandfather might have been the culprit who dug up Apache chief Geronimo's skull, so that rich white kids who belonged to the elite Skull and Bones fraternity could play their power games with it:

HARTFORD, Conn. A Yale University historian has uncovered a 1918 letter that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale University's secret Skull and Bones society swiped the skull of American Indian leader Geronimo.

The letter, written by one member of Skull and Bones to another, purports that the skull and some of the Indian leader's remains were spirited from his burial plot in Ft. Sill, Okla., to a stone tomb in New Haven that serves as the club's headquarters.

According to Skull and Bones legend, members including President Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of Army volunteers from Yale were stationed at the fort during World War I. Geronimo died in 1909.

"The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club is now safe inside the [Tomb] together with his well worn femurs, bit & saddle horn," according to the letter, written by Winter Mead.

While other historians are skeptical, Geronimo's great grandson is threatening to sue.

As Geronimo left descendants, there's no reason why DNA testing couldn't establish the skull's lineage.

American Indians aren't the only people interested in the story. So are Indian Indians. The Times of India elaborates on the rites:

Alumni include US president Bush, Senator John Kerry, president William Howard Taft, numerous members of Congress, media leaders, Wall Street financiers, the scions of wealthy families and agents in the CIA.

Members swear an oath of secrecy about the group and its strange rituals, which includes devotion to the number '322' and initiation rites that include confessing sexual secrets and kissing a skull.

Hah! You'll never get me to do that!

(My secrets are my own affairs, and not a proper subject of group rights, or group rites.)


Has anyone asked Senator Kerry to comment?

MORE: The issue is graver than even I imagined. Look what I just dug up:

Geronimo skull.jpg

In all fairness, though, it has to be remembered that no one is accusing President Bush of invading burial grounds (which means there are no grounds for impeachment).

posted by Eric on 05.10.06 at 12:31 PM


But what if he invaded Iraq to get Hammurabi's skull? I say impeach him first, ask questions later. Dick Cheney would be a much better president.

ray baumgardner   ·  May 10, 2006 1:26 PM

I know I SHOULDN'T think it is cool for a college kid to go and steal the skull of a famous warrior for his frat or society of whatever... but I gotta admit I do.

Steve Malcolm Anderson might say "The STYLE of that action!"

Harkonnendog   ·  May 10, 2006 4:26 PM

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