It seems the Skull and Bones Society is at it once again.
On January 22nd, the famed Christie's auction house will auction off a human skull that once belonged to Yale's shadowy group.
Is it the skull of Geronimo?
Well the skull in question is said to be older than the skull of the famous Apache Leader, but it's also rumored that the skull of Geromino is in the possession of the Society.
Back in early 2009, Geronimo's great-grandson Harlyn Geronimo filed a lawsuit against the Society claiming that they had possession of the skull.
This stems from an old Society legend that says Connecticut senator Prescott S. Bush father of you-know-who and grandfather of you-know-who, broke into the grave site back in 1909 with some fellow class mates and stole the skull.
The legend got some validity in 2005 when Yale historian Marc Wortman found a letter written in 1918 by Skull and Bones Society member Winter Mead, that he had sent to F. Trubee Davison, who was the Director of Personnel for the Central Intelligence Agency.
The letter states...
"The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club... is now safe inside the tomb and bone together with his well worn femurs, bit and saddle horn."
The "tomb" is the building at Yale University's Skull and Bones.
That's a real good pass time for future leaders...robbing graves.
Alexandra Robbins, author of a book on the society, "Secrets of the Tomb," said last year that "Of all the items rumored to be in the Skull and Bones's possession, Geronimo's skull is one of the more plausible ones,"
And before the 2005 incident, back in 1986, former San Carlos Apache Chairman Ned Anderson anonymously received a photo and copy of a log book claiming that the Skull and bones had the skull, an allegation that was denied by the group's attorney, Endicott P. Davidson.
Well what did they expect him to say..." Okay..yeah they have it. You caught us."?
As a peace offering (I guess), the group offered Anderson a glass case with the skull of a ten year old boy inside.
In all fairness, investigative journalist Kitty Kelley and the "World's Smartest Human," Cecil Adams have said they think the story is a hoax.
And in all fairness to the other side, Kitty Kelley's credibility and sources have been called into question many times and Cecil Adams is probably a pseudonym for Ed Zotti who is the alledged "editor and confidant" of Adams.
So why are these two considered experts?
A much more reliable (to me at least) spokesman is Jeff Houser, chairman of the Fort Sill Apache tribe of Oklahoma, who calls the story a hoax.
Even if this skull is not Geronimo's, the skull is expected to bring $10,000 to $20,000.
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