“Who is Nick Beef?” For years, that question – relating to the mysterious, capitalized ground-gravestone next to the one in Fort Worth, Texas that reads OSWALD – has mystified both the media and JFK historians. No longer.

Dan Barry, who writes the “This Land” column for the New York Times, laid it all out over the weekend. His findings are deservedly being picked up left, right and center, although he frames it somewhat more modestly:

This scoop may not definitively link Castro, the mob and the Central Intelligence Agency to the Kennedy assassination, but, hey, it’s something. And to prove that he is who he says he is, Mr. Beef reaches into a small satchel and pulls out a contract from 1975 for Burial Plot 258 in the Fairlawn section of Rose Hill ($175), as well as a receipt from 1996 for the purchase and installation of a granite stone to be engraved NICK BEEF ($987.19).

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