The logo of the Skull and Bones consists of a skull and crossbones, along with the number 322. According to one theory, 322 symbolises the year the society was founded (1832) and indicates that it is the second chapter of a German secret society, supposedly the Bavarian Illuminati. (Source: Wikipedia)
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.Wikipedia entry on Skull & Bones.
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.
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