Friday, November 23, 2012
49 Years Plus One Day After The JFK Assassination The Nick Beef Mystery Continues To Mystify
The assassin who murdered JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, is buried about a mile from my abode.
Way back early in this century, prior to attending the 40th Anniversary at Dealey Plaza I had visited the Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park and found Oswald's grave.
I made an entry about the Oswald gravesite on my Eyes on Texas website, a webpage titled Lee Harvey Oswald Gravesite.
For years search engines have had me be the world's go to boy for info about finding Oswald's gravesite.
Decades ago had you told me that in the next century I would be directing people to the location of the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald, my feeble imagination would not have been able to conjure a scenario where that would make sense.
Next to Oswald's headstone there is one for a non-existent person named Nick Beef. Nick Beef has confused people for years.
Yesterday I got email feedback from Rick Saunders regarding Nick Beef. This is what Rick had to say about Nick....
The story I have always heard regarding Nick Beef is that Oswald's grave stone had been stolen or vandalized several times. Finally they just didn't replace the stone. Two reporters split the cost and bought the grave next to Oswald's and put the marker there. There is actually no one buried there. It is simply a landmark for Oswald's grave.
I don't know how Rick missed the explanation about Nick that is on my website....
JFK Researcher Barb Junkkarinen offers the following explanation that first appeared in a newsgroup post:
"According to the folks in the black suits at the cemetery office, Nick Beef is the stage name of a comedian who bought the plot and had a headstone with that name installed. In his act, he apparently tells people that if they want to find Oswald's grave (which info the cemetery office will not give out)...just ask for Nick Beef instead and you will find Oswald. Only thing is...now they won't tell people where Nick Beef's grave is either! Once the cemetery folks realized a group of us (Arthur and Margaret Snyder, Bill Hamley, and myself) who were out there already knew where Oswald's grave was and were just curious about Nick Beef, they told us the story. Of additional note...Marguerite (Oswald's mother) is buried on the other side of Oswald.... sans headstone."