For years, conspiracy theorists and sightseers have located the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald by finding the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef. Not wanting the cemetery to be a tourist spot, cemetery staff are reluctant to point out Oswald‘s grave.
It turns out Nick Beef is alive and living in Manhattan.
The New York Times reported that the 56-year-old man who uses that name purchased the cemetery plot next to Oswald’s in 1975 and had the granite marker placed there in 1997. Beef, born Patric Abedin, calls himself a nonperforming performance artist.
On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, landed at the former Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. Beef, then 6 years old, was sitting on the shoulders of a military police officer in the crowd when the first couple passed just a few feet away.
When he was 18, Beef read that the burial plot next to Oswald’s was available. He bought it for $17.50 down and 16 monthly payments of $10.
Beef said he has often asked himself why. “It meant something to me in life” is the only answer he can come up with. He said he has no plans to be buried there and would prefer to be cremated.