Skull and Bones Sued For Possessing Geronimo’s Skull and Bones

Controversy is brewing around Skull and Bones, the laughably un-secret secret society par excellence at Yale. Descendants of Geronimo, the 19th century Apache warrior, are suing the shadowy senior club for allegedly stealing the remains of their ancestor in 1918, and for keeping it at their New Haven tomb ever since.

MSNBC writes that

According to lore, members of Skull and Bones — including former President George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush — dug up his grave when a group of Army volunteers from Yale was stationed at the fort during World War I, taking his skull and some of his bones.

The skull evidently now sits in a glass display nicknamed, well, “Geronimo.” Those tapped might even have to kiss the contested skull to join the super-secret society.This rumor has gained more traction in recent years, since in 2005

Yale historian Marc Wortman discovered a letter written in 1918 from one Skull and Bones member to another that seemed to lend validity to the tale. The letter, sent to F. Trubee Davison by Winter Mead, said Geronimo’s skull and other remains were taken from the leader’s burial site, along with several pieces of tack for a horse. ‘The skull of the worthy Geronimo the Terrible, exhumed from its tomb at Fort Sill by your club and Knight Haffuer, is now safe inside the T — together with is well worn femurs, bit and saddle horn,’ Mead wrote.

Read what the Geronimo family thinks after the jump.

While the letter explicitly states that the remains of Geronimo were exhumed, Wortman told MSNBC that he is skeptical that the bones actually belong to Geronimo. Regardless, Harlyn Geronimo—the Apache warrior’s great-grandson—believes Skull and Bones possesses remains of Apache origin, and that those remains should be returned anyway.

What we’re more curious about is not whether Skull and Bones has Geronimo’s skull—or any skull for that matter—but rather how Bonesmen actually feel about local and national attention they’ve received due to this lawsuit. Are they perturbed? Or are they filled with narcissistic glee?

Let’s go with narcissistic glee. Or at least they’re just attention whores. Make that secret attention whores. There’s even a great new bucket of conspiracy—more DaVinci Code than National Treasure—about how those who exhumed the remains were cursed! One commenter on the WSJ blog tells the chilling tale of his cursed “F-in-law.”

My x father-in-law was a Bonesman in the same class with Prescott Bush. You might want to check on how that generation of S&B died. My F-in-law was a tortured soul and all of the intelligence and $ couldn’t make his end better. Maybe Geronimo’s curse? Better watch where you put your lips boys and girls.

Actually, that’s good advice in general. Current society members are like just taking in the publicity with a few extra gin and tonics while they wait for fortune to bow at their feet. But they’ll need therapy one day. As “MRRETALIATION” at the Drudge Report wonders in his comment, “Don’t they have to skullfuck Geronimo in front of the current members in order to get initiated? That’s what Jeff told me.”

(Lingbo Li also contributed to this post.  She’ll be unveiling her full IvyGating prowess in the coming days.  Stay tuned.  She’s dangerous.)

  • Y

    This is silly. Bones doesn’t give a shit. And whether or not they have it, this suit is going nowhere. That said, the sudden influx of outraged conspiracy-mongers/Ivy League haters commenting on the YDN online is quite amusing/somewhat obnoxious.

  • y11

    obviously MSNBC is the natural news source for a story about yale…
    http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/27792

    ps, ivygate, stop sucking.

  • Y

    This is silly. Bones doesn’t give a shit. And whether or not they have it, this suit is going nowhere. That said, the sudden influx of outraged conspiracy-mongers/Ivy League haters commenting on the YDN online is quite amusing/somewhat obnoxious.

  • y11

    obviously MSNBC is the natural news source for a story about yale…
    http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/27792

    ps, ivygate, stop sucking.

  • Anonymous

    skull and bones are shit now that they’re accepting women and minorities

  • Anonymous

    skull and bones are shit now that they’re accepting women and minorities

  • Haha

    To the above.

    Lol… this is true.

  • Haha

    To the above.

    Lol… this is true.

  • http://youguyssuck.com/ Step it up, IVYGATE!

    Wow.
    We are nearly done with February, and you guys have managed to write only 11 articles.
    4 Were Ragtime (barely count)
    2 Were summaries of other articles (Skull&Bones, Meningitis@Penn)
    1 Was a book review
    1 Was about the blog itself (some blog award you lost)
    2 Were barely about the Ivy League alltogether (Drummey, Cambridge)
    1 Was about Facebook

    Step it the FUCK up, Ivygate.

  • http://youguyssuck.com Step it up, IVYGATE!

    Wow.
    We are nearly done with February, and you guys have managed to write only 11 articles.
    4 Were Ragtime (barely count)
    2 Were summaries of other articles (Skull&Bones, Meningitis@Penn)
    1 Was a book review
    1 Was about the blog itself (some blog award you lost)
    2 Were barely about the Ivy League alltogether (Drummey, Cambridge)
    1 Was about Facebook

    Step it the FUCK up, Ivygate.

  • harvard

    Seconding Step it up, IVYGATE.

    I am on the verge of eliminating IvyGate from my procrastination webpages, and my standards for said list are really, really low. I’ve always defended you guys but seriously, you guys are letting the site go to shit.

  • harvard

    Seconding Step it up, IVYGATE.

    I am on the verge of eliminating IvyGate from my procrastination webpages, and my standards for said list are really, really low. I’ve always defended you guys but seriously, you guys are letting the site go to shit.

  • Y11

    7 of the last 10 posts have been written by James Yu. Maybe if the rest of the staff gave this dude a hand you could post more often/better stuff.

  • Y11

    7 of the last 10 posts have been written by James Yu. Maybe if the rest of the staff gave this dude a hand you could post more often/better stuff.

  • littlebluebulldog

    Dear IvyGate,
    it’s been real, but it’s time to say goodbye now. My internet will shrink by 20%, and only NYT, Gmail, Facebook, and Economist will remain. But so be it, for sometimes we have to leave the ones we used to love when they start to suck and continually refuse to acknowledge it.
    Un beso,
    Little Blue Bulldog.

  • littlebluebulldog

    Dear IvyGate,
    it’s been real, but it’s time to say goodbye now. My internet will shrink by 20%, and only NYT, Gmail, Facebook, and Economist will remain. But so be it, for sometimes we have to leave the ones we used to love when they start to suck and continually refuse to acknowledge it.
    Un beso,
    Little Blue Bulldog.

  • anon.

    wow- you read the economist? AND you go to yale? you must be pretty sweet.

  • anon.

    wow- you read the economist? AND you go to yale? you must be pretty sweet.

  • y08

    October 6, 2006: IvyGate blew up.

    May 28, 2008: IvyGate stopped being relevant to me-but I kept reading it, because it reminded me of those bright college years (you see what I did there?)

    February 25, 2009: I stopped reading IvyGate

    Farewell, IvyGate, and farewell to my youth. If only you had sucked a little less over the last 9 months, I could have kept clinging on to my college days, but sadly it was not to be.

  • y08

    October 6, 2006: IvyGate blew up.

    May 28, 2008: IvyGate stopped being relevant to me-but I kept reading it, because it reminded me of those bright college years (you see what I did there?)

    February 25, 2009: I stopped reading IvyGate

    Farewell, IvyGate, and farewell to my youth. If only you had sucked a little less over the last 9 months, I could have kept clinging on to my college days, but sadly it was not to be.

  • WilhelmtheYounger

    [Insert eulogy here]

  • WilhelmtheYounger

    [Insert eulogy here]

  • princeton09

    I used to read this forever, back in the good old days, when IvyGate actually had competition from IvyLeak. My friends used to work for this blog. But I too must quit. This was really a fun blog, but I think it’s time for you guys to shut shop.

  • princeton09

    I used to read this forever, back in the good old days, when IvyGate actually had competition from IvyLeak. My friends used to work for this blog. But I too must quit. This was really a fun blog, but I think it’s time for you guys to shut shop.

  • princeton09

    You don’t need to shut shop yet. Just hire people people who have time and interest on this blog and then FIRE YOURSELVES. Except for James Yu, he gets shit done.

  • princeton09

    You don’t need to shut shop yet. Just hire people people who have time and interest on this blog and then FIRE YOURSELVES. Except for James Yu, he gets shit done.

  • Y11

    Thing of it is… when and if you formally announce ending the blog, I will bitch ten times harder. So I guess I’d rather you stay mediocre than not at all. But at least make an official “we’re kinda part-time” declaration so I can de-prioritize you on my facebook->ivygate->Gawker->Soccernet->YDN->Failblog->icanhascheezburger->fmylife procrastination cycle.

  • Y11

    Thing of it is… when and if you formally announce ending the blog, I will bitch ten times harder. So I guess I’d rather you stay mediocre than not at all. But at least make an official “we’re kinda part-time” declaration so I can de-prioritize you on my facebook->ivygate->Gawker->Soccernet->YDN->Failblog->icanhascheezburger->fmylife procrastination cycle.

  • cc’10

    NYT, Gmail, Facebook, the Economist, and IvyGate.
    Wow, you interact with the internet like a 40 year old man. Unfortunately, I suspect you will take this as a compliment. It’s not, and you shouldn’t.

  • cc’10

    NYT, Gmail, Facebook, the Economist, and IvyGate.
    Wow, you interact with the internet like a 40 year old man. Unfortunately, I suspect you will take this as a compliment. It’s not, and you shouldn’t.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, because 20 yo unemployed college juniors who surf the web for porn and eat dining hall food paid for by mommy and daddy are so much cooler.

  • Anonymous

    yeah, because 20 yo unemployed college juniors who surf the web for porn and eat dining hall food paid for by mommy and daddy are so much cooler.

  • Confused

    How is that website choice indicative of a man in his 40′s? Is he supposed to be on the cutting edge of webcomics or something?

    And, as pointed out, you probably don’t do shit yourself, so mocking all 40 year old men is pretty sad.

    Gmail->TheOnion->espn->OverheardInNY->IvyGate->FunnyOrDie->Facebook
    That’s a procrastination order of a champion right there. I don’t consider getting real news procrastination.

  • Confused

    How is that website choice indicative of a man in his 40′s? Is he supposed to be on the cutting edge of webcomics or something?

    And, as pointed out, you probably don’t do shit yourself, so mocking all 40 year old men is pretty sad.

    Gmail->TheOnion->espn->OverheardInNY->IvyGate->FunnyOrDie->Facebook
    That’s a procrastination order of a champion right there. I don’t consider getting real news procrastination.

  • Marisol Morales

    Does anyone know about how the secret society know about the underground tavern along the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers just located at the Fort. I known for years about the hidden female member

  • Marisol Morales

    Does anyone know about how the secret society know about the underground tavern along the Mosel and the Rhine Rivers just located at the Fort. I known for years about the hidden female member