Comment: Once again evidence indicating that Skull and Bones, and offshoot
organisations such as the Bohemian Club are not "frat boy clubs",
they are elitist organisations intimately linked with the occult.
Russell / London Telegraph | May 9 2006
One of America's great historical controversies intensifed yesterday with the
publication of fresh evidence that members of an elite secret society may have
dug up the remains of the Indian leader Geronimo and displayed his skull in
Rumours that half a dozen members of the Skull & Bones society at Yale
University - including President George W Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush
- dug up the grave of the legendary Apache leader during the First World War
have exercised historians for years.
"Bonesmen", as senior members of the society are known, and the Bush
family have long refused to comment on the claims.
The society, founded in 1832 and famous for its strange rituals centred on
symbols of death, has over the years been accused of obtaining the skulls of
a range of famous figures, including the former president Martin Van Buren and
Its members include President Bush and his defeated rival in the last presidential
election, Senator John Kerry.
Now contemporary evidence has been unearthed backing the theory that a group
of young Bonesmen, based at an artillery school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, desecrated
The Apache leader had died while in custody at Fort Sill in 1909, 23 years
after he finally surrendered to US troops.
In a letter written in 1918, one society member tells another that Geronimo's
skull had been exhumed and was being kept in the "Tomb" - the society's
headquarters in New Haven, Connecticut.
"The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb
at Fort Sill by your club... is now safe inside the T- [Tomb] together with
his well-worn femurs, bit & saddle horn."
The letter was unearthed in Yale University archives by a historian writing
about First World War Yale pilots, and published in the Yale Alumni Magazine.
The letter names only one member of the alleged raiding party, a Charles Haffner,
and makes no mention of Prescott Bush, who become a senator and is seen as the
founder of the Bush political dynasty.
He was first linked to the saga in 1986, 14 years after his death, when documents
from the society's archives were leaked purportedly showing that six Bonesmen
- identifiable by their nicknames and including Prescott Bush - unearthed Geronimo's
Some historians insist that the grave was never disturbed and that if there
is a skull in the Tomb it is not the Apache leader's.
David Miller, a history professor from Cameron University, Oklahoma, said that
until 1920 Geronimo's grave was unmarked. "My assumption is that they did
dig up somebody at Fort Sill," he told the Yale Alumni Magazine. "But
it probably wasn't Geronimo."
But society members have long believed that they do have Geronimo's skull in
"Many talked about a skull in a glass case by the front door that they
call Geronimo," Alexandra Robbins, the author of Secrets of the Tomb, an
exposé on the society, told the magazine.
Apache leaders seized on the news yesterday as further evidence that America's
elite treated Indian tribes as a subspecies into the 20th century.
"Who in the hell would do such a thing?" asked Raleigh Thomson, a
former branch leader who has campaigned to transfer Geronimo's remains to the
tribe's Arizona reservation.
He told the Wall St Journal: "I guess it's the way my elders used to explain
to me that white people are."