The Natalie Wood death case from 1981 has been reopened and the captain of the yacht from which she fell claims her husband Robert Wagner is responsible for her death. That captain appeared on the Today Show on Friday, and is reportedly urging investigators to look into his claim.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Davern, the captain of the yacht on which Wood, Wagner and actor Christopher Walken were passengers--claims he lied back in 1981 in initial police reports.
"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," Davern says. "I did lie on a report several years ago."
He added, "I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report."
The death of actress Natalie Wood has long been a mystery in Hollywood. The element of intrigue in the case is heightened by the fact that it was quite well known the actress had a horrific fear of water.
David Gregory asked a very pointed question of Davern on the Today Show Friday.
"Was the fight between Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner what ultimately led to her death?"
"Yes," Davern answered.
Gregory asked , "How so?"
Davern said investigators would have to make that determination.
What do you think of the reopening of this almost 30-year-old death investigation? Wood died on November 29, 1981 in the cold waters off the Southern California coast. Do you think her husband Robert Wagner was to blame and if so--how? Was it an accidental death or a homicide?
Natalie Wood was known for her stage, film and TV career. In 1979 she starred in the TV miniseries From Here to Eternity. She was filming Brainstorm with Christopher Walken at the time of her death. The movie was released posthumously in 1983.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner were actually married twice to each other. Their first marriage lasted from 1957-1962. The couple remarried in 1972.
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