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LA Police Reopen the Natalie Wood Death Case

Updated on November 19, 2011

She was one of Hollywood's younger generation of stars that became iconic in the late 50's and into the 60's. She was stunning and an excellent actress. She came from Santa Rosa, CA. Went to Santa Rosa High before becoming famous.

She was found dead in 1981 in the waters off Santa Catalina Island. The night before was partying and fighting between a trio of famous actors: Christopher Walken, who lusted after Natalie secretly, Robert Wagner (her husband) and herself. She was 43 years old. The case is being reopened because of the captain's yacht, Dennis Davern, who claims information was withheld from the police at the direction of Robert Wagner, now 81. The captain has admitted he lied under oath. Originally, the police report noted is was an accident, but now they are thinking twice about it. According to the captain, Natalie and Robert were having semi-violent fighting about Walken. Robert was very jealous that Natalie was flirting. All parties were under the influence of alcohol. The captain recalled how he heard a thumping from inside the cabin and obvious signs of a fight. Then, Natalie and Robert left and continued fighting. Things simmered down and Robert reappeared stating Natalie was missing. The captain wanted to call the police for help and to turn on the searchlight. Yet, Robert would not allow this and told everyone to wait to see if she returns.

Did Robert Wagner lose his temper in rage and murder Natalie by pushing her into the ocean (she was terrified of water)? or, was it an accident that he is indirectly responsible for? Why would he insist the captain not call for help or turn on the searchlight? Maybe, she was so angry after the fight, she attempted to get into a rubber dingy and slipped?


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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Such a beautiful woman, she would light up the screen. It seemed so unreal, such a terrible death. I always thought the entire story seemed fishy, did not quite add up. With alcohol involved anything is possible, but 30 years later?

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      American View 6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Interesting they would reopen the case with the same information they had 30 years ago. It was well known about the fight between Wagner and Wood. Just seems like someone wants to be famous for a few days. While we may never know the truth about what happened that day, one thing is for sure, nothing new will come of this.