Secret History Of The Skull And Bones Society — And The Powerful Men Behind It

With powerful members and mysterious rituals, the Skull
and Bones Society has long been associated with sinister conspiracy theories.

along with several co-conspirators took the skull and two bones of the famed
Apache leader back to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., where they’ve been
on display at the headquarters of one of America’s most mysterious secret

the father of President George H.W. Bush and grandfather of George W., is a
Bonesman. He, along with his cohorts, was a member of an elite club at Yale
University known as the Skull and Bones Society.

history, some of the most prominent American figures have been Bonesmen,
handpicked members of Yale’s undergraduate class selected to join the ranks of
elite students. In addition to the Bush’s — both H.W. and W. followed in
Prescott’s footsteps during their time at the university — members have
included hundreds of government officials, such as former Secretary of State
John Kerry, as well as members of the entertainment industry, such as actor
Paul Giamatti.

from notable alumni, and a few legends, not much is known about the elusive

Started in 1832, 131 years after the University opened its doors, the
society was founded after some of the existing societies fell into conflict
over an awards ceremony. To stop the conflict and reach a conclusion, members
from the Linonia, the Brothers in Unity and the Calliopean societies diverged
from their respective groups and formed the Skull and Bones society.

William Huntington-Russel and Alphonso Taft took it upon themselves to
create the society, and along with 12 other members, formed the inaugural
class. Since 1832, every spring the society chooses fifteen new members from
the junior class, including women in the process only since the early 90’s.
Among those considered are leaders on campus, and notable names the society
believes it could benefit from in the future.

The initiation process of the society has been long shrouded in secrecy,
driving many to believe that it involves occult practices, black magic, and
even animal sacrifices.

all societies at the university (of which there are seven), the Skull and Bones
society have a headquarters. Known colloquially as the Tomb, the Skull and
Bones Hall is a gothic, windowless building on High Street, just off campus,
where the members can gather for meetings and events.

It is
also the rumored resting place of the bones of Geronimo, after being stolen by
Prescott Bush, as well as the skulls of former president Martin Van Buren and
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

addition to the Tomb, the society also owns Deer Island, a small plot of land
in the St. Lawrence River. The purpose of the island, described as run down and
relatively derelict, is to be a retreat, a place where the members can go for
the weekend to “rekindle old friendships.”

Due to
the secrecy and elitism 
promoted by the society, the Skull and
Bones Society, as well as the Bonesmen, have long been the subject of
conspiracy theories.

Some claim that the group was behind the Kennedy assassination, that they
were responsible for creating the nuclear bomb, that they are sponsored and
influenced by the Illuminati, and even that they control the entire Central
Intelligence Agency.

the theories, as insane as some of them may sound, aren’t really that off base
when considering the members.

different points throughout history, Bonesmen have had control over the
fortunes of the Rockefellers, the Carnegies, and the Fords. They’ve also had
members rise through the ranks and obtain high offices in the Council on
Foreign Relations, powerful media corporations such as Time, and, of course,
three Presidents of the United States (William Howard Taft, in addition to the

fact, during the 2004 Presidential Election, both the Republican and Democratic
nominees, Kerry and W. Bush, were former Bonesman.

the theories and accusations surrounding them, Bonesmen have remained
notoriously silent about what goes on in their inner sanctum. Both Kerry and
Bush were asked about life as Bonesmen during the 2004 election, but neither
would comment.

a secret,” Kerry said, adding nothing more.

“So secret,
I can’t say anything more,” W. Bush added in his autobiography.

could be that the members of the society really are plotting to take over the
world, or it could be that there’s actually nothing going on inside the Tomb
worth noting, and the members simply enjoy being the subject of insane

of books, documentaries, and television specials have been released n an
attempt to learn more about the inner workings of the society, but it seems
that the only way to learn anything worthwhile is to become a member yourself.