Hollywood Murder Mystery? What Really Happened to Natalie Wood 30 Years Ago?

On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood, her husband Robert Wagner, and Christopher Walker, Wood’s co-star in the movie Brainstorm, were on the Wagner’s boat The Splendour off the coast of California.  It was Thanksgiving weekend and Wood and Walken were taking a break from filming Brainstorm.  Sometime during the night, Wood drown and was found the next day floating off the coast of Santa Catalina island.  The ship’s captain Dennis Davern is now saying he did not state all of the facts when questioned, and is implying Robert Wagner is responsible for his wife’s death. The outcome of the original investigation was that Wood’s death was accidental. Now, 30 years later, the police have re-opened the investigation.  The police have said, however, that Robert Wagner is not a person of interest.

So what do we really know about the night Natalie Wood died? Reports state there was an argument between Wagner and a Walken, fueled by Wagner’s jealousy of Walken’s friendship with Wood.  Wagner broke a bottle on table during the argument, and shortly after, Walken and Wood left the room.  Wagner told Davern he couldn’t find Wood and they noticed the boat’s dinghy was missing. However, Davern states he heard Wagner and Wood arguing loudly after the encounter with Walken, and then saw them on the deck of the boat, still arguing. A woman in a nearby boat reported hearing a woman calling out for help, stating, “I’m drowning” and then heard a male voice calmly reply, “Take it easy. We’ll be over to get you.”

What do you think really happened to Natalie Wood?


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