David Card, owner of Poor David's Pub in Dallas, which celebrated 35 years in the business this month, sees the a slightly different scenario.
"They screwed us out of it," said Card
, 72, who contends that the stone is part of his
Concerned that other thieves and vandals might strike, Marguerite Oswald tucked the stone in her Fort Worth home's crawl space, David Card
Fearful that someone might steal it, Card's father and stepmother hauled the stone to the home of Mrs. Card's
sister, who later sent it to her
It sat in his garage until the son, Johnny Ragan, died in 2008, David Card said, leaving the tombstone in the hands of Ragan's wife, Holly.
contends the stone is among items his
father and stepmother acquired when they bought the home.
In a second very brief phone conversation, Ragan said Card
will never get the stone.
maintains it's no place for the tombstone.
would donate it to the Sixth Floor Museum
at Dealey Plaza, a nonprofit based in the building where Oswald fired at Kennedy.
To underscore his
has hired an attorney and sent a letter to Lensing stating that Card
"will pursue whatever legal means necessary to recover" the headstone.