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Cemetery Mystery: Who Was Nick Beef and Why is His Grave so Popular?

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When notorious people die, curiosity often overtakes the public. The gravesites of many famous and infamous people are mapped out and described on the internet. This kind of traffic can cause issues for cemeteries and mausoleums. Therefore, sometimes final resting sites are not disclosed to the public. One such example is Lee Harvey Oswald, who in late November 1963, assassinated United States President John F. Kennedy, and he was subsequently shot to death by Jack Ruby two days later. After Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in the cemetery known as Rose Hill, the location of his grave was not disclosed. Enter comedian Nick Beef.

Cemetery Mystery: Who Was Nick Beef and Why is His Grave so Popular?

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Nick Beef, which is a stage name, who purchased the Fort Worth burial plot next to Lee Harvey Oswald in 1975, then in 1997, erected a headstone with his own professional moniker. Anyone looking for the grave of Oswald wouldn’t be given information, but those in search of Nick Beef would be, leading to ultimately locating Oswald. The plan soon fell through, however, as Rose Hill cemetery caught wind of the stunt and will no longer direct visitors to Nick Beef.

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It is best to leave the dead at rest. However, if you happen to be in the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park for other funerary reasons and have extra time, the empty tomb of Nick Beef is located at Fairlawn 17, about 30 feet to the right of a big tree across from a mausoleum marked SHANNON. The works of Nick Beef, whose legal name is Patric Abedin, have appeared in magazines such as National Lampoon, Cracked, and Austin All Natural. Although the site has led to amusement, inquires, and conspiracy theories, Nick Beef’s connection with his plot’s neighbor, President John F. Kennedy, and this area of Texas are deep-seated and highly personal. Read more about The New York Times investigation here.