The man with the mysterious name who was thought buried next to suspected JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in a Fort Worth, Texas, cemetery is actually alive and well in New York.
Patric Abedin, a writer and self-described “nonperforming performing artist” with a penchant for the morbid, told The New York Times
that he bought burial plot 258 at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in 1975 for $175, along with a granite tombstone that was etched with the name he now goes by, Nick Beef. The marker was placed next to Oswald’s in 1997, prompting tourists visiting one of America’s most infamous assassins to wonder, ‘Who is this guy?’
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Abedin said he wanted to come forward to clear up the mystery in advance of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination this November.
Abedin, whose father was an Air Force navigator, said he was a 6-year-old sitting on the shoulders of a military policeman to watch President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, as they arrived at Carswell Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963. Oswald is suspected of killing the President the following day, and was later assassinated himself before he could stand trial.
Abedin, 56, often visited the Oswald grave with his mother when they were in the area.
“She’d get out and look at Oswald’s grave,” he recalled to The Times, “and tell me, ‘Never forget that you got to see Kennedy the night before he died.’”
When he learned the plot next to the assassin’s was available, he bought it. He told the Times that he moved to New York, but returned to Texas in 1996 to arrange his mother’s funeral. During his stay, he visited his plot and decided to buy a headstone with the same dimensions as Oswald’s.
Nick Beef was inscribed on the marker. Abedin said he came up with the name while he and a friend were joking around at a Lubbock bar and grill. His friend decided he would be known as Hash Brown, and Abedin took the name Nick Beef.
Asked why he wanted the grave next to Oswald, Beef told the Times it represented that life can change very quickly and that it is fragile.
“It meant something to me in life. It was a place I could go and feel comfortable,” he said.
Not that he plans on using it. Beef said he will be cremated once he passes.
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