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The mysterious death of Natalie Wood revisited

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Natalie Wood (1938-1981), her children Natasha (L), Courtney (R), and her husband actor Robert Wagner arrive at London airport July 4, 1976. Staff/AFP/Getty Images

The Los Angeles County sheriff's office is reopening the investigation into the death of Natalie Wood thirty years ago off Catalina Island, which was ruled an accident.

Sheriff's detectives want to talk to Dennis Davern, the captain of the boat, after receiving a letter from an anonymous source claiming that Davern had “new recollections” about the case.

Today Davern said on national TV that he lied to investigators about Natalie Wood's death and blames her husband at the time, Robert Wagner, for her drowning in the ocean off Southern California.

The circumstances surrounding Wood's death have been shrouded in mystery because it followed a heated argument between her husband and actor Christopher Walken, who was on the boat with the couple at the time.

Wood disappeared on the night of Nov. 28. 1981, but her body wasn't found until 8 a.m. the following morning. The three had been drinking heavily that night and the coroner ruled that the death was an accident.


What will be gained by reopening the case? Will we ever really know what happened to Natalie Wood?


Suzanne Finstad, Author, "Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood"

Alex Ben Block, Senior Editor, Hollywood Reporter

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