Skull and Bones is a very sinister group, some of whose initiates have been responsible for bringing great ruin upon the US. It's a death cult. From what I remember, the Russell Trust founded Skull and Bones as a secret society to recruit young men into the business of opium merchants in the Northeast. Cults and drug use are heavily interconnected. Poor drug addicts who fear the powers of shamans, ayatollahs, priests or whoever else don't threaten ruling oligarchs.