Thursday, February 19, 2009

'Skull and Bones' Sued for Geronimo’s Remains

A law suit filed by descendants of Geronimo against Yale’s Skull and Bones Society is seeking the renegade’s skull and bones that the group stole from his burial plot in Fort Sill, OK, in 1918, when Prescott Bush (Dubya’s grandfather) was stationed there during World War I. They want the items returned, so that Geronimo can go to his happy hunting ground, in accordance with Apache religious beliefs.

Skull and Bones members are known as “bonesmen.”

The federal lawsuit brought by Harlyn Geronimo, Geronimo’s great-grandson, on the 100th anniversary of Geronimo’s death, names Skull and Bones, Yale University, the Federal Government, President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Army Secretary Pete Geren as defendants.

As you know, the infamous secret Skull and Bones Society gained notoriety during President George W. Bush’s campaign, when he won the nomination against John Kerry, also a bonesman. Members of the secret society are Yale graduates and undergraduates, although Yale denies any affiliation between the University itself and Skull and Bones. Skull and Bones became a media focus during the campaign and if you have seen the film “Dead Poets Society,” starring Robbin Williams, you’ve got the idea.

Skull and Bones owns a New Haven clubhouse called The Tomb, as well as a campground where they hold annual reunions. The difference between dead poets and bonesmen is that most bonesmen are powerful figures in politics and corporate America, who network together, ensuring each other’s success. I often wonder how much pull that has in Congress, as opposed to what voters want.

Anyway, the symbol of the secret society is, of course, similar to a Jolly Roger, except that it has a number at the base of the crossbones, 322.

Even though it is a secret society, it has been infiltrated by a few bucket mouths and super sleuths, who blew its cover. They say that bonesmen are all thieves (Pirates and Politics 101), who worship the mythical Goddess Eulogia (I didn't want to use urban diction here).

Apparently, the number 322 represents the death of Greek statesman and orator, Demosthenes (384-322), of ancient Athens, who took the Goddess Eulogia into the heavens. How he did this is anyone’s guess, but she kept uttering “Oh God!”

In order to pay homage to Eulogia, bonesmen steal things and place the stolen items in The Tomb. Sources claim that there are a lot of human bones in the tomb, as well as valuable artifacts. I suppose one could even imagine an underground Amber Room used as a humidor with a stash of Cuban Romeo y Julietas, or Edvard Munch’s stolen artwork, The Scream.

I wonder if FoxNews will handle that like the grand opening of Al Capone’s secret vault, with Geraldo at the helm?

Long story short, the controversy began in 2005, when a letter was discovered that implicated Skull and Bones in the theft of Geronimo’s remains. The letter, sent to F. Trubee Davison by Winter Mead, read "The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club and Knight Haffuer, is now safe inside the T — together with is well worn femurs, bit and saddle horn."

This is going to be a very interesting turn of events.

In the words of the great General George Armstrong Custer “There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.”

Will it be Skull and Bones' last stand, or Geronimo's wounded patella?

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