Last month, the George W. Bush Presidential Library released over one thousand pages of documents related to the Yale secret society, Skull and Bones.
The elite society’s members include some of the 20th century’s most powerful men (women could not join Skull and Bones prior to 1992) and the society figures prominently in conspiracy theories viewing its well-connected members as architects of the New World Order.
Like his father and his grandfather before him, George W. Bush was a member of Skull and Bones, joining the secret society during his senior year at Yale. He apparently declined to choose a secret name, and was called “Temporary” by his fellow Skull and Bones members.
Prescott Bush, George W’s grandfather, was the most notorious of the family Bonesmen. Prescott and eight society confederates were reputed to have stolen Geronimo’s skull from the Apache chief’s resting place at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, whisking it off to the Tomb, the Skull and Bones clubhouse on the Yale campus, where it was put on display in a glass case (or so it is alleged). In 2009, former attorney general Ramsey Clark filed a suit on behalf of some of Geronimo’s descendants, seeking the return of the chief’s skull. The suit was subsequently dismissed, and it is uncertain whether Geronimo’s skull was actually dug up and transported to Yale or whether the Prescott Bush story is merely apocryphal.
Alas, anyone expecting answers to this mystery will not find them in the trove of documents released by the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The Bush Library documents do not appear to contain any great revelations about Skull and Bones or the Bushes’ role in it, and the secret society remains as secret as ever.