For years, visitors to the site of Lee Harvey Oswald's grave have all wondered: Who is Nick Beef? That's the strange name written in all capital letters on the stone marker next to John F. Kennedy's killer.
“Just days after the Kennedy Assassination, Oswald was himself murdered and then buried in a graveyard in Ft. Worth, Texas,” “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan reports. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
His grave site, bearing just the name Oswald, has since become something of a tourist attraction.
“But for the last 15 years, it's the headstone next door that has left history buffs and conspiracy theorists alike, scratching their heads,” Bolduan says.
“Like any great mystery, there's all sorts of conspiracy theories around it,” Presidential historian Nick Ragone says, “whether he was a CIA operative, or part of a Castro regime or a Russian agent.”
In fact, the real-life Nick Beef is a 56-year-old artist living in New York. Having revealed himself to The New York Times, his real name is Patric Abedin.
“At age 6, Abedin saw President Kennedy in Ft. Worth, the day before the president was assassinated,” Bolduan says.
“At age 18, he bought the plot next to Oswald with a down payment of $17.50 and 16 easy payments of $10 a month after that, it was his.”
Stopping by the grave site often with his mother, “she would say, never forget that you got to see Kennedy the night before he died,” Abedin says. (WATCH VIDEO)
Abedin says the gesture wasn’t his way of “exalting the man by any means,” but realizing “how one man could change the world and it’s just this lonely little grave.”
Abedin only purchased the plot after a local newspaper in Ft. Worth had written an article about how nobody ever bought the plot next to Oswald.
But he explains the significance the plot holds for him, although he prefers to be cremated.
“It reminded me that the world can change very, very quickly,” Abedin says. “Having seen Kennedy that night, and the next day he was gone.”