Descendants of Geronimo are suing Skull and Bones for skull

The New York Times reports that Geronimo’s heirs have filed a lawsuit against the Skull and Bones in federal court in Washington. They want the Yale secret society to return Geronimo's skull and other remains, which they say were stolen by George Bush's grandfather, Prescott S. Bush, in 1918.

A longstanding tradition among members of Skull and Bones holds that Prescott S. Bush — father of President George Bush and grandfather of President George W. Bush — broke into the grave with some classmates during World War I and made off with the skull, two bones, a bridle and some stirrups, all of which were put on display at the group’s clubhouse in New Haven, known as the Tomb.

The story gained some validity in 2005, when a historian discovered a letter written in 1918 from one Skull and Bones member to another saying the skull had been taken from a grave at Fort Sill along with several pieces of tack for a horse.

Wikipedia entry on Skull & Bones.


  1. So…even if they DID steal the remains. As soon as this letter was received, what is to prevent them from simply moving them and claiming that the whole accusation is absurd?

    I think confirming the possession of the remains and having actual EVIDENCE to back up those claims would’ve been the important first move, ESPECIALLY when dealing with a group like Skull & Bones.

  2. The New Yorker published a pretty definitive account of the Skull & Bones grave robbery controversy by the excellent Mark Singer in 1989. It involves a cousin rumor — that Skull & Bones’s vault contains the stolen skull of Pancho Villa. Here’s a link to the magazine’s archive (requiring subscription):

    The story was reprinted in Singer’s great collection, “Character Studies,” and can be read in full in Google books:

  3. So, my incomplete list of Bush Family travesties stands at:

    1.) Grave Robbery
    2.) Deep financial dealings with Nazi Germany
    3.) Dan Quayle as VP
    4.) Flushing the country down the toilet

  4. @#6
    I think you forgot Prescott Bush’s attempt to overthrow the Us government. That would be a goodone to add to your list.

  5. I wonder what a bounty on Bush skulls would produce?
    I’ll bet Prescott’s resides on a Saudi mantel even today. Right next to a “destroyed” shoe.

  6. You forgot:
    5. waged two wars
    6. forgot about one of them as if it never happened

    And, well: desecrating graves? Can’t those silly frat boys do what they usually do and drink, do drugs and get some hookers?!

  7. I’ve always wanted to start my own secret society. I mean, sure, I can join the local Masonic lodge, but they always seem like such squares.

    I need to get my own thing together…now where’s my shovel…

  8. Maybe they should take Prescott’s skull, if it isn’t under some frat boy’s pillow, and offer it in trade.

  9. I’m sure the Skull & Bones society is properly outraged that some scruffy üntermenschen are trying to take away ‘their property.’

  10. i always wanted to join a secret society. as i’m a beginner, i figure any old one will do. anyone got an opening? also, i’ve always wanted to rob graves of historical figures, so that would be a plus.

  11. Finally. If nothing else, this will bring the issue to the forefront. Geronimo’s skull needs to be repatriated to his people immediately.

  12. Yeah, the bush family seems to have some trouble with those little elements like honour, morals and such.

    Who’da thunk it?

  13. oh, yeah. that prescott ( and his good buddy geo. herbert-walker!) was quite the scoundrel. they suppossedly stole jfk’s skull as well. catmother, u also forgot 7) crack cocaine 8) formation and funding of al queada ( afghan freedom fighters!) 9) weapons for hostages and arming fascist s.a. militant groups 10) political assassinations 11) war profiteering and the worst of all, 12) karl rove.

  14. One of my college professor’s is/was one of the legal counsels for this if I recall correctly. This was probably 4 years ago when I had his class. He talked about it quite a bit in class. He was a pretty hardcore Native American activist, being a member of the Blackfoot Nation himself.

    He was also kind of crazy, but super-intelligent as well. Still probably my favorite professor ever.

  15. I guess Douchebagerry is genetic, not learned. Who knew?

    The only way to be sure is a twin study.
    If only the Bush twins had been adopted at birth…

  16. Talk about skeletons in the closet… sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Is there anything that family won’t try to screw with? Anything they don’t think they’re entitled to?

  17. I grew up near the San Carlos Apache reservation (my dad worked as an administrator at the school) and I was always told the Apaches would not discuss death, dying or the dead. Buildings where people had died were routinely abandoned. And several of the Anglos who worked on the reservation told stories of Apache tribal councilors hanging up on Smithsonian workers who wished to repatriate remains in their collection.

    So who is this guy who is suing? I can’t find anything about his clan or where he was raised. Anybody know if he was raised traditionally Apache, or was he raised in another nation/tribe or was he raised by Anglos?

  18. Actually I have Prescott Bush’s skull; I dug it up years before W rose to power. I don’t have a secret society though, I just like to take the skull out and pee on it sometimes. Anyone want to join me?

  19. George W. Bush is the reincarnation of Geronimo. So in a way he did come back to curse the Bush family based upon the way the world feels about his presidency.

  20. To “Anon” #33: Um…dude, Geronimo has been abused enough. That’s not only clumsy, it’s seriously disrespectful.

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