Possible evidence that Skull & Bones at Yale actually stole Geronimo's skull from grave

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According to Skull and Bones legend, members _ including President Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush _ dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of Army volunteers from Yale were stationed at the fort during World War I. Geronimo died in 1909.

"The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club... is now safe inside the (Tomb) together with his well worn femurs, bit & saddle horn," according to the letter, written by Winter Mead.

But Mead was not at Fort Sill and researcher Marc Wortman, who found the letter last fall, said Monday he is skeptical the bones are actually those of the famed Indian fighter.

"What I think we could probably say is they removed some skull and bones and other materials from a grave at Fort Sill," he said. "Historically, it may be impossible to prove it's Geronimo's. They believe it's from Geronimo."

Harlyn Geronimo, the great grandson of Geronimo, said he has been looking for a lawyer to sue the U.S. Army, which runs Fort Sill. Discovery of the letter could help, he said.

"It's keeping it alive and now it makes me really want to confront the issue with my attorneys," said Geronimo, of Mescalero, N.M. "If we get the remains back... and find that, for instance, that bones are missing, you know who to blame."

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Vernon Clayson - 5/17/2006

Terrorist? I don't think so, no one respects today's terrorists. His renegade escapades are largely fiction. He spent most of his time avoiding white men, not murdering them and was more concerned with feeding himself and his followers than gathering scalps. Which of today's terrorists will ride in a presidential inaugural parade?

John R. Maass - 5/15/2006

Why has this issue now turned into a conservative thing?

Randll Reese Besch - 5/13/2006

By todays standards Go-Ath-Le or Geronimo would be a "terrorist" though a different lable was appended to him and his band of diehards in the 1880's. No doubt the conservatives would knash their teeth and rend their garments if George Washinton's skull or more so Alexander Hamilton's were taken as booty then used in arcane rituals of a dubious nature.

Vernon Clayson - 5/12/2006

It's like I always say, no one comments on articles concerning Native Americans. They obviously don't matter to readers, apparently because they don't elicit pity, now if someone stole George Washington Carver's skull, this post would have dozens, if not hundreds, of responses from people all over the world. Liberals would weep in frustration and Ted Kennedy would thunder denunciations from his senate pulpit.