Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Boodle Boys' Geronimo Skullduggery

This one can be filed under "Deep Politics":

A Yale University historian has uncovered a 1918 letter that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale University's ultra-secret Skull and Bones society swiped the skull of American Indian leader Geronimo.

The letter, written by one member of Skull and Bones to another, purports that the skull and some of the Indian leader's remains were spirited from his burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., to a stone tomb in New Haven that serves as the club's headquarters.

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 and saddle horn," according to the letter, written by Winter Mead...

Only 15 Yale seniors are asked to join Skull and Bones each year. Alumni include Sen. John Kerry, President William Howard Taft, numerous members of Congress, media leaders, Wall Street financiers, the scions of wealthy families and agents [sic] (should read officers) in the CIA.

Members swear an oath of secrecy about the group and its strange rituals, which are said to include an initiation rite in which would-be members kiss a skull.

A portion of the letter and an accompanying story were posted Monday on the Yale Alumni Magazine's Web site.

The Geronimo rumor first came to wide public attention in 1986. At the time, Ned Anderson, then chair of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona, was campaigning to have Geronimo's remains moved from Fort Sill -- where he died a prisoner of war in 1909 -- to Apache land in Arizona. Anderson received an anonymous letter from someone who claimed to be a member of Skull and Bones, alleging that the society had Geronimo's skull. The writer included a photograph of a skull in a display case and a copy of what is apparently a centennial history of Skull and Bones, written by the literary critic F. O. Matthiessen '23, a Skull and Bones member. In Matthiessen's account, which quotes a Skull and Bones log book from 1919, the skull had been unearthed by six Bonesmen -- identified by their Bones nicknames, including "Hellbender," who apparently was Haffner. Matthiessen mentions the real names of three of the robbers, all of whom were at Fort Sill in early 1918: Ellery James '17, Henry Neil Mallon '17, and Prescott Bush '17, the father and grandfather of the U.S. presidents...

Skull and Bones and other Yale societies have a reputation for stealing, often from each other or from campus buildings. Society members reportedly call the practice "crooking" and strive to outdo each other's "crooks." And the club is also thought to use human remains in its rituals. In 2001, journalist Ron Rosenbaum '68 reported capturing on videotape what appeared to be an initiation ceremony in the society's courtyard, in which Bonesmen carried skulls and "femur-sized bones."...

Mead's letter, written from one Bonesman to another just after the incident would have occurred, suggests that society members had robbed a grave and had a skull they believed was Geronimo's. It does not speak to whether Skull and Bones may still have such a skull today. Many have speculated that they do, but there is no direct evidence. Alexandra Robbins '98, who wrote the 2002 Bones expose Secrets of the Tomb, says she persuaded a number of Bones alumni to talk to her for her book. "Many talked about a skull in a glass case by the front door that they call Geronimo," Robbins told the alumni magazine.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonesmen? More like boneheads.

The whole society seems at once incredibly juvenile and incredibly sinister. Should I laugh or cry?

Well, I always suspected we were dealing with the un-dead... One look at the palid complexion of Rove, Perle, etc. told me so... I think the only solution is -- in fellow-Texan Dr. Phil's language -- to kick that boy to the curb -- and then drive a stake through his heart (while suitably draped in garlic blulbs, of course.)

Seriously, if Bush's gran-pappy wasn't Prescott - he'd probably be working for Fed-Ex or something since he loves to wear uniforms...


p.S. apologies to Yalies and Fed-Ex employees everywhere

5/09/2006 1:34 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


The whole society seems at once incredibly juvenile and incredibly sinister.

Very perceptive observation. Transcending opposites is part of the program. Also, it is a powerful organization that masquerades as a juvenile activity.

Skull and Bones uses the long proven psychological effects that are obtained from members of an "exclusive" group being privy to secrets as a control mechanism. This is a very heavy truth that cannot be adequately explained in a blog comment. Basically, in addition to gaining control of their members, a liberating freedom for the same members is acquired.

Suffice it to say, Bonesmen develop certain attitudes towards life--from sharing a secret mythology and rituals--that enables them to ignore many societal boundries. This is common to secret societies that have access to important secrets or responsibility for maintaining valuable societal or monetary interests.

That is why we have seen so many of the Boodle Boys assume important roles in government and industry. They are psychologically conditioned to make decisions that others would shy away from.

5/09/2006 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you're talking about sounds very interesting, Mr. F. ... I don't know anything about it -- but it almost, curiously, sounds like the psychological conditioning that people that belong to cults go through...

Also, regarding transcending opposites -- Jungian Marion Woodman talks about "holding the tension of the opposites" -- her idea is if you have the strength within yourself to hold the opposing forces within you -- to incubate them -- that something new and positive can be born... Jungians, of course, are all for individuation -- and NOT for becoming a member of a group; and never for making decisions that are damaging to either individuals or the collective...


5/09/2006 2:38 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Cults use very similiar methods as do secret societies. The cult member is isolated, and made to feel like they are superior to everyone else. Then they can be programmed according to the cult's plan.

Transcending the opposites is precisely the goal of the Jungian individuation process. And as you say, the breakthrough comes from the battle of opposite forces finally resolving in a larger integrated whole. This is what the yin-yang symbol represents.

The breakthrough, when (and if) it comes releases enormous psychic energy which can be put to good or evil purposes. As a matter of fact, good and evil are among the opposites that acquire a broader meaning to the "illuminated" cult member or the "self" (the end goal of the Jungian individuation process).

One of Jung's assistants, Marie Louise von Franz wrote extensively about these phenomena. Her works are much more accessable than Jung's often difficult books. Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Jung's autobiography) is brilliant, and filled with all sorts of bizarre encounters he had with the collective unconscious.

Please don't get me wrong. I do not admire these secret societies. I am, however, an expert on mind control--and have dealt with this stuff for many years.

PS: Dr. Jung himself treated Allen Dulles' wife, and consulted the CIA on how to deal with Soviet brainwashing and mind control.

5/09/2006 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. F,
Thank you for that. It's fascinating. Off course I've heard of Marie Louise von Franz -- although I haven't read her work... I've read a few Jungian authors who are much more accessable than Jung -- my personal favorite is James Hollis -- who has come several times to Toronto...

The Jung Society meets this Friday with a guest lecture by Eugene Monick titled "America’s Patriarchal Disease" ... should be interesting...

Allen Dulles' wife went to Jung? Being the wife of a master spy couldn't be easy :-)


5/09/2006 5:04 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


I sort of figured that you were familiar with Jung the way you wielded the terminology.

Sadly, Jungian Analytical Psychology these days is overlooked by the mental health profession in favor of the loathsome over-medication of the masses.

As I'm sure you know, the talking therapy is considered too slow and expensive.

I'm glad that you are reading and attending lectures on this topic. It proves that you are wiser than most. Hardly anyone understands Jung, but those that try find it well worth their time.

Re: Dulles. Jung determined that Allen's womanizing was a major part of Clover's (Mrs. Dulles) problem.

5/09/2006 5:31 PM  

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