One Small Oswald Mystery Gets Solved
NYT unravels 'Nick Beef' grave marker next to his
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 6:29 AM CDT
Updated Aug 10, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
Lee Harvey Oswald at police headquarters in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Plenty of visitors to Lee Harvey Oswald's grave in a Texas cemetery have long wondered about the identity of "Nick Beef," the name etched on the similar-looking gravestone right next to his. Conspiracy theories have sprung up, of course, but now Dan Barry in the New York Times solves the mystery: Nick Beef is really Patric Abedin, and he is very much alive. Abedin, 56, grew up in Fort Worth, and as a young boy he saw JFK the day before the assassination when the president visited his city. The next day's assassination resonated with him so much that he bought the cemetery plot next to Oswald's as a teenager when he read a newspaper story about it being available.

Abedin would visit the site every now and then, but he didn't pick the grave marker until 1996. He chose the name Nick Beef because he sometimes used that fake byline in his humor writing. (He made it up on a lark years earlier after a friend dubbed himself "Hash Brown.") But the gravestone is no joke, he insists. Writes Barry: "It’s personal. It’s about change. The fragility of life. Something." And no, the real Abedin has no intention of actually being buried there. Click for Barry's full "This Land" dispatch.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
Aug 11, 2013 10:11 PM CDT
Considering how much corruption there is today in government, especially the FBI, etc. it makes it harder to believe the haistly written Warren report turned out after JFK was knocked off by the Mafia who were furious that their hotels and casinos were taken away. RFK quickly was knocked off too because of his investigations into the Mob. As they vowed there would be no trade between the U. S. and Cuiba as long as Castro was alive....and so it is. We trade with every other enemy of the U. S. not still not Cuba.
Chatsworth
Aug 11, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
Oswald looks really smug in that photo taken at the police station.But later he got shot in the abdomen by Ruby , where he doesn't look too smug while he is in agony, which he richly deserved.
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 11, 2013 3:21 AM CDT
JFK made many enemies but Lee Harvey Oswald was not one of them. And you can call me........Mainstream Conspiracy Theorist