Robert Wagner to Blame For Death of Natalie Wood?

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L.A. County Sherriff's Office investigators' decision to reopen the Natalie Wood case after three decades has raised suspicions of her husband, Robert Wagner.

The captain of the boat that Wood, a major movie star at the time, mysteriously vanished from in 1981 is now blaming veteran actor Wagner for her death.

The Tinseltown starlet died off of Santa Catalina Island in California after partying on a yacht one night with hubby Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

At the time, police said Wood, 43, accidentally fell overboard and drowned. Now the boat's captain, Dennis Davern, is telling something of a different story.

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On Today, Davern said Robert Wagner, now 81, asked him not to take steps to find his wife. It was a matter of "We're not going to look too hard," he said.

"We're not going to turn on the search light, we're not going to notify anybody right at the moment," said Davern, who admitted that he lied at the time.

"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," he said. "I did lie on a report years ago. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report."

Asked if Wagner was "responsible" for Wood's death, Davern said, "Yes I would say so." Lana Wood, Natalie Wood's sister, also spoke out about the case:

Lana says she never believed Robert Wagner's version of the events that led to Natalie's death, and believes Robert wasn't honest with investigators.

She says she's not buying the original story that Natalie was trying to secure a dinghy and fell overboard because she was deathly afraid of water.

Natalie wouldn't even go in her own pool, according to her sister.

Lana Wood says Sheriff's detectives interviewed her and specifically wanted to know if the relationship between Natalie and Robert was "volatile."

And, Lana says, if Wagner or anyone else is found to be responsible for Natalie's death, they should be punished, despite the fact it's 30 years later.

Wood (1938-1981) and Wagner were married in 1957, divorced in 1962, then remarried in 1972. They have one daughter, Courtney, born in 1974.

Despite the accusations of the captain, it is not known specifically what caused officials to reopen the case, and Wagner has never been a suspect.

Wagner's publicist, Alan Nierob, issued a statement saying the actor's family "fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Department."

The actor, who has a recurring role on NCIS, "trusts they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid."

Nierob said no authorities have contacted Wagner about the case.


Where were all these witnesses who heard her screeming for help 30 years ago. I would say the coast guard boat rescue, the man and woman who heard her should all be guilty of manslaughter. The boat captian/bodyguard and his ghost writter are just trying to re-energize their book sales. Nancy Grace lost her Michael Jackson/doctor gig and needs ratings. I think people need to get a life and let her rest for the sake of her children and grandchildren.


Natalie Wood was not "A Tinseltown Starlet". She was a four-time academy award nominated Actress.


How about this. Way back then, I thought it was mighty strange that William Holden, boyfriend of Steffanie Powers( co-star with Robert Wagoner in "To Catch A Thief") died November, 1981. I think
it was within a week of Natalie's death. That seemed so ironic to me. I guess stranger things happened. William Holden was known to drink and he fell and hit his head on
a coffee table (if my memory serves me).




I amsorry to hear about what really happened on that day. A close friend of family who was investigator at that time said that Natalie wood for RJ wagner and Chisopher Walkins who had too much to drink that night along with Natalie wood. Natalie found the two men fooling around and that upset her soo much that she went to the little blowup boat to get away and fell in water as the story was told...I can see why it was hush hush for so long!!


It is fortunate to hear about the cause of death even though it is too late. The family of the dead must have been anxious to explore it. The truth is always not too late to be known !!


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!


The good-looking one always win.

Maryanne gaeta

I hate it when the media cannot like people R.I.P. they have been doing this to Elvis, President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe,etc. etc. etc. and now Natalie Wood...She was my favorite all time actress, and i really wish the media get over this....Seriously, 30 years later?????????? Stay with the topics of today, and not yesterday.........ENOUGH ALREADY


Other reports I have seen have said she is deathly afraid of dark water. That makes more sense to me than just water, because as previous poster said, someone with a phobia of water wouldn't get on a boat.

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