Natalie Wood was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood when she drowned in 1981 during an overnight trip on a yacht with Christopher Walken and her husband Robert Wagner. Her death was ruled an accident but now the case has been reopened as a possible homicide.
In part this is due to a book written by Marti Rulli and Dennis Davern, who was the captain of that yacht and who eventually told ‘the Today show’ this morning that Wagner was responsible for Woods’ death. And by “eventually” I mean that David Gregory had to drag every word out of this idiot as if the Today show kidnapped him.
Here are the cliff notes on Woods death, and how what Davern says now conflicts with what he said then, and this shit took me forever so please refresh the page again and again and read it several times:
– On Thanksgiving Day, 1981, Wood, Wagner and Walken had dinner at about 4:00pm at the Harbor Reef Restaurant on Catalina Island.
– Witnesses at the restaurant said they drank several bottles of champagne and eventually caused a scene, “with Natalie openly flirting with Walken.”
– They left the restaurant and boarded a yacht called the Splendour, which Davern was the captain of.
– According to the book, once they made it to the boat, Wood, Wagner and Walken continued drinking and were taking quaaludes. At one point Wagner found Wood and Walken alone, got jealous, smashed a wine bottle and yelled, “What do you want to do, fuck my wife? Is that what you want?”
– Natalie Wood was hot, so the answer was probably “yes”.
– This argument was not reported to police at the time.
– The book says Wood and Wagner then went to their cabin, and Davern heard, “a loud argument … and thumping sounds, and eventually silence.” Minutes after that, Davern says Wagner told him Wood was missing.
– This conflicts with original reports where Davern said that, at around 12:20am, he noticed the yachts lifeboat was gone but “simply assumed Natalie had taken it, as was her custom, to view the evening stars.”
– Original reports say Davern was the one who told Wagner that Wood was missing.
– In his book Davern claims he wanted to search for Wood and call the Coast Guard but Wagner asked him not to.
– Original reports said that at about 1:00am Wagner notified the harbor patrol to look for her. By 3:30am the Coast Guard was added as well. At 7:30am helicopters found her body, floating face down in the water.
– She was wearing a nightgown, a pair of knee-high socks and a thick red down jacket. The lifeboat was found, with four life vests aboard, about two hundred yards from her body.
– The coroners report found “numerous bruises to (her) legs and arms” but said “No other trauma noted and foul play is not suspected at this time.”
So there’s quite a bit of disparity between the original story and the new one, though many people have always questioned the original one. Either way I hope this ends up with Christopher Walken on trial because everything that dude says sounds cool.