November 2003
Susan Bates

Almost everyone knows about Geronimo, the most famous of Apache leaders. Born in 1829 in Mexican Territory, Geronimo was a medicine man, spiritual leader and fierce warrior. He could see into the future, walk without creating footprints and even hold back the dawn. Bullets could not harm him.

It took over 5,000 soldiers, 500 scouts, and 3,000 Mexican troops to track down Geronimo and his band. After their capture, Geronimo and his people were sent to prison camps in Florida, The few that didn't succumb
to disease were eventually moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Geronimo died on Feb. 17, 1909, a prisoner of war, unable to return to his homeland. He was buried in the Apache cemetery at Fort Sill. It was Geronimo's wish that his body be sent back to his native land, but even
in death his wishes were ignored. As bad as that is, it is nothing compared to what happened to his corpse 9 years after his Spirit continued on its journey.

In 1918, while stationed at the U.S. Army artillery training school at Ft. Sill, Prescott Bush, grandfather of President George W. Bush, along with Ellery James and Neil Mallon, broke into Geronimo's grave and removed his skull.

Prescott Bush and his two friends were members of the Skull & Bones Society, a highly secret order existing only at Yale University. The American chapter of this German order was founded in 1833 at Yale University by General William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft, father of President William Howard Taft.

Each year the new pledges are ordered to steal a skull and bring it to the "tomb" as the secret meeting room on Deer Island in the St. Lawrence River is called. Today, Geronimo's skull is said to repose in a glass case filled with turquoise chips.

In 1986, representatives of Skull and Bones-among them George H.W. Bush's brother Jonathan-met with Ned Anderson, Apache tribal leader. They offered him a skull, but Anderson refused to accept it because it
didn't look like the skull he had seen in a photograph that purported to be Geronimo's skull. Later documents noted that the skull was in fact that of a child! Anderson also refused to sign a document which would have forbade anyone from discussing the incident.

Membership rolls of Skull & Bones reads like a Who's Who - Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Secretaries of State , Diplomats, National Security advisers, Senators, publishing magnates, and C.I.A. recruits fill the list.

I found it interesting that the Bay of Pigs operation-the covert C.I.A.- financed invasion of Castro's Cuba, was choreographed by Skull & Bonesmen. Richard Drain, Skull & Bones '43, was one of the C.I.A.'s masterminds of the Bay of Pigs. McGeorge Bundy, Skull and Bones '40, was the White House planner of the Bay of Pigs operation, while his brother, William P. Bundy, Skull & Bones '39, was the State Department's liaison for the Bay of Pigs. And on and on it goes.....

Who has Geronimo's skull? That's a dirty little secret.

"Blest be the man that spares these stones / And curst be he that moves my bones." --- William Shakespeare


Some of my information was taken from a column written by Ron Rosenbaum that appeared in the July 17th, 2000 edition of The New York Observer, and included quotes from the book "America's Secret Establishment", by Antony C. Sutton, 1986. Additional facts came from an article written by Paul Brinkley-Rogers that ran in a 1988 edition of the Arizona Republic.