Pranks could damage secretive fraternity’s reputation, expert says
April 19, 2018
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Yale police say they’ve received calls from three students who said they were contacted by an anonymous caller claiming to be a Skull & Bones member.
Students said they were told the call was part of the “tap” process, and were instructed to hand their phone off to someone close by to them, who was then asked inappropriate questions of a sexual nature.
One Yale junior, Cole Addonizio, described receiving the call, which he suspected to be a prank.
“I figured it was a prank since I hadn’t heard about them calling them like this,” Addonizio said, according to the AP.
The author of “Skull and Keys: The Hidden History of Yale’s Secret Societies,” David Alan Richards, says the prank could potentially damage the fraternity’s reputation.
“While famously its mantra has been ‘Never respond, never explain,’ because it doesn’t see itself as a public organization, in today’s climate to have allowed that to happen could conceivably damage the society’s reputation,” Richards told the AP. “It was a foul thing to do.”
The secret society, through a rare note sent to juniors by its student government, “has encouraged people who received such calls to report the incident to Yale police or their college dean,” reports the AP.
Skull & Bones, AKA “The Order,” is well-known for grooming mostly male college students who later go on to have high-profile business, entertainment, journalism or political careers. The New York Times reported that the secret society began accepting women in 1991.
“The family names on the Skull and Bones roster roll off the tongue like an elite party list,” writes Kris Millegan in his comprehensive book, Fleshing Out Skull & Bones. “Lord, Whitney, Taft, Jay, Bundy, Harriman, Weyerhaeuser, Pinchot, Rockefeller, Goodyear, Sloane, Stimson, Phelps, Perkins, Pillsbury, Kellogg, Vanderbilt, Bush, Lovett and others.”
President George H. W. Bush, his father Prescott, and son George W. Bush, the 43rd president, were “bonesmen,” as well as 27th US President William Howard Taft, whose father Alphonso helped form the organization. The 2004 presidential election saw two bonesmen, George W. Bush and John Kerry, face off representing both the Republican and Democrat political parties.
Official Skull & Bones class photos show members surrounding a human skull, rumored to have been robbed by Prescott Bush and friends from the grave of Apache chief Geronimo.
The group’s hazing rituals are said to have initiates divulge their sexual history to other members while lying naked in a coffin, as described in the book, George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography.
Initiation rites reportedly include strenuous and traumatic activities of the new member, while immersed naked in mud, and in a coffin. More important is the “sexual autobiography”: The initiate tells the Order all the sex secrets of his young life. Weakened mental defenses against manipulation, and the blackmail potential of such information, have obvious permanent uses in enforcing loyalty among members.
Research more on Skull & Bones and its connection to other occult secret societies in Alex Jones’ documentary, “The Order of Death“:
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