October 26, 2011
Elderly Woman Claims Government Agents Roughed Her Up Over Moon Rocks
According to an exclusive Associated Press (AP) report, a 74-year-old women claims that government agents roughed her up over some lunar dust.
The report said Joann Davis, a grandmother who says she was trying to raise money for her sick son by selling the lunar dust, landed herself in a sting operation at a Denny's restaurant in Riverside County.
She said she pulled out the moon sample and about half a dozen sheriff's deputies and NASA investigators rushed into the restaurant.
According to AP, she had "deep bruises" on her left side after they grabbed her and pulled her out of the booth.
Davis claims she inherited the moon rock by her late husband, who claimed the moon rock was given to him by Neil Armstrong.
Davis' late husband was a lexicographer and worked as an engineer for North American Rockwell. He died in 1986.
Davis said Armstrong gave the items to her husband, despite an affidavit signed by Armstrong that claims he never gave or sold lunar material to anyone.
The AP report said Davis wrote an email to a NASA contractor in May to try and find a buyer for the rock.
Davis said when officers took a hold of her, she was so scared that she lost control of her bladder. Once officers had possession of the moon rock, Davis was allowed to go home and was never booked into a police station or charged.
NASA brought back about 2,200 samples of lunar rocks, core samples, pebbles, sand and dusty during the Apollo missions.
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