Natalie Wood Case Reopened After 30 Years

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The L.A. County Sheriff's Office is reopening its investigation into the death of movie star Natalie Wood, who drowned in 1981 while boating off the California coast.

Homicide investigators are reexamining one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries after someone with "additional information" about the drowning contacted them.

Authorities didn't provide further details late Thursday, but more information will surely be made available soon as the case is reopened and actively pursued.

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Last year, the star's sister, Lana Wood, and the captain of the yacht on which Wood sailed with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, asked officials to reopen the case.

On Thursday, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Benjamin Grubb couldn't say whether the sister and the yacht captain have prompted the renewed investigation.

Natalie Wood's body was found floating in the water about a mile away from the yacht, near Catalina Island, in a long nightgown, socks, and a down jacket.

The autopsy report showed that Wood had suffered two dozen bruises on her body, including a facial abrasion on her left cheek, and bruises on her arms.

In 2010, Lana Wood said she believes a heated argument between her sister and Wagner, who can be seen on next week's NCIS, preceded Wood's drowning.

She told CNN last year she does not suspect foul play, however.

"I just want the truth to come out, the real story," she said.

Dennis Davern, the former captain of the yacht Splendour, broke his long silence with a detailed account in "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour," a book he wrote with his friend Marti Rulli. It was published in September 2009.

Davern also believes Wood's death was the result of a fight with Wagner.

In a lengthy interview with CNN in 2010, Davern said the investigation of Wood's death was incompetent and suggested there was a cover-up. He said he regrets misleading investigators by keeping quiet at Wagner's request.

Wagner's publicist, Alan Nierob, issued a statement saying the actor's family "fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."

Nierob said no authorities have contacted Wagner.

Wood and Wagner married in 1957, divorced in 1962, then remarried in 1972. They often sailed their yacht and invited Wood's Brainstorm co-star, Christopher Walken, to join them on a sail on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981.

Walken and Wood were filming Brainstorm and the rumor mill was abuzz with speculation that Wagner was jealous of Walken, but authorities have said Walken witnessed only the events leading up to an argument between the couple.

Walken couldn't be reached immediately for comment.


Q: What kind of wood doesn't float?
A: Natalie Wood.


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A woman on a nearby yacht reported she had heard a woman calling for help at around midnight. She further reported that the cries lasted for about 15 minutes and were answered by someone else who said, "Take it easy. We'll be over to get you."[22] According to the witness, "It was laid back, there was no urgency or immediacy in their shouts."[22][36] Wood's body was found off Catalina Island approximately a mile away from where the Splendour was anchored. Police reports stated she was wearing a long nightgown, socks, and a down jacket.[


Why Wagner invited Walken on the boat? who was co-star with Natalie in the movie and believed Natalie had close relationship with Walken.Why Robert Wagner become angry & get nasty argument?
He is the suspect period. How quickly R. Wagner got Jill St. John?


Why Wagner invited Walken on the boat? who was co-star with Natalie in the movie and believed Natalie had close relationship with Walken.
Why Robert Wagner become angry & get nasty argument?
He is the suspect period. How quickly R. Wagner got Jill St. John?


I think everyone felt at the time that it was no accident, but for someone to come forward with new information 30 years later, because he is promoting his new book,is ridiculous. Personally, I think he should be prosecuted for withholding the truth when it mattered. I've heard him say...I'm saying nothing new, but no one wanted to listen before...and a few minutes later he says...I didn't tell the truth which is it? personally, he has zero credibility in my mind.


Are you kidding me, everyone knew that there was foul play. I think it is time after all these years that they bring Natalie to the light that she deserves. Chris Walken is also part of this. a boat is not that big in any water, your voice carries for miles on the water. Bring on the people that heard someone asking for help and also hold them accountable.


November 29 marks the 30th anniversary of Natalie's mysterious death. "Why now, is because I've been trying to tell information about this for many, many years, but there wasn't really anyone listening until now," Davern explained. "I've been trying to get somebody to listen for a long time, and now somebody is listening, and they're going to carry on with this investigation. I'm not saying anything different. All the information that I've revealed in the past, it's all in that book and now it's just up to the investigators to do an investigation." The former captain of the boat from which Natalie drowned is coming forward with a new claim that her husband, Robert Wagner, was responsible. THIS WHOLE STORY IS INTENDED AS A PROMOTION FOR THE CAPTAIN'S BOOK, "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour," which he co-wrote last year. Most Americans are really very simple and very gullible!


With all due respect and a 30 year old opinion, I still find it hard to believe that Christopher Walken who was "just" a co-star with Natalie was invited to their yacht on a weekend and he showed up without a date. While Robert and Natalie were supposed to be in marital bliss, it is hard to believe that a husband would go along with his wife's male co-star on a weekend excursion without a lovely young women to share the weekend with. With the reopening of this case, maybe there will be more answers before total closure,and Natalie's family including their adult children will be able get to move on with their lives without the continued clouds of this mystery of 30 years. PEACE!!


i alwoys thought she was murdered sorry to say that it is what it is

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