Oswald's cemetery mate Nick Beef still alive in New York
NEW YORK — For years, curiosity seekers visiting the Fort Worth grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef.
It turns out Nick Beef is alive and living in New York.
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, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
Beef, born Patric Abedin, now lives in Manhattan and calls himself a non-performing 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 as part of a two-day Texas tour.
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.
Oswald shot Kennedy the next day.
When he was 18, Beef read that the 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 he wanted it. “It meant something to me in life” is his answer.
Beef moved to New York. He did some freelance comedy writing using the name Nick Beef.
His mother died in 1996, and he went to Texas to arrange her funeral.
He told the Times that during his stay, he visited his burial plot and decided to buy a gravestone with the exact dimensions as Oswald's. He told the cemetery official to inscribe it Nick Beef.
He has no plans to be buried there. He prefers to be cremated.