Renewed attention to details about the night that movie star Natalie Wood died 36 years ago may make it impossible for her now 87-year-old husband Robert Wagner to hope that the story will go away.
Actress Natalie Wood and actor Robert Wagner cut their wedding cake after their marriage in Scotsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 28, 1957. (AP Photo)
Those details include reports that Wood, 43, and Wagner were fighting intensely just before she mysteriously vanished from their yacht, anchored off the coast of Catalina Island over Thanksgiving weekend in 1981. Moreover, Wagner allegedly waited at least an hour to radio for help or to initiate a search.
Instead, a visibly shaken Wagner said, “Natalie is gone,” then broke open a bottle of scotch and began to drink.
This account of Wagner’s actions comes from Dennis Davern, the yacht’s captain, in an interview with CBS “48 Hours” that aired this weekend.
Davern reportedly shared a similar account with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after the department reopened the investigation in 2011. He also told a version of this story to Vanity Fair in 2012.
The department hopes that the documentary will finally bring closure to one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries, the Associated Press reported.
“We’re doing our last shot here, seeing if anybody else comes forward with any information,” Lt. John Corina said at a press conference Monday.
Wood, the star of “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Splendor in the Grass,” and “West Side Story,” was found floating in the ocean shortly after 7 a.m. on Nov. 29, 1981.
Her corpse, clad in a flannel nightgown, down jacket and socks, was found about a mile from the yacht. Her death was initially classified as an accidental drowning.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood in 1959. (AP Photo/DFS, File)
But the sheriff’s department has since reclassified her death as suspicious. While not calling it a murder case, Corina said that Wagner is “a person of interest.”
“He’s a person of interest because he was the last person with her, before she went in the water,” Corina said.
But department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida emphasized in another interview with the Associated Press that investigators don’t have enough to make an arrest “at this moment.”
In certain respects, the “48 Hours” documentary, which has refocused attention on the case goes over information that has previously been reported in the Vanity Fair story and in interviews that Davern, Wagner and Wood’s sister, Lana Wood, have …read more
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