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Natalie Wood Death Investigation

Captain Says

I Was REALLY Drunk

11/18/2011 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111811_davern_videoThe captain of the boat where Natalie Wood spent the last moments of her life was extremely drunk during the critical moments before and after she went missing ... this according to the Captain himself.

Capt. Dennis Davern told us on TMZ Live ... he drank a lot of scotch and wine in the hours leading up to Natalie's disappearance. What's more ... Davern says Robert Wagner plied him with liquor in the hours after she vanished.  In spite of the heavy drinking, Davern says his memory of the evening is clear.

Take a listen as Davern explains the fighting, the sounds and what Wagner refused to do after Natalie disappeared.

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minnietx    

I think the captain knows the truth w/o handing it over on a platter b/c he was drinking and he knows everyone will say he was drunk, the book is his way of getting the story out in public, but he would be raked over the coals, in a court of law...Where is RJ, isn't TMZ staking out his house or favorite restaurant or something!!

1040 days ago
32.

ElJay    

I never doubted that Wagner did it. I never really thought about it much but kinda assumed he it was obvious did it just like I always assumed it was obvious Milli Vanilli didn't sing themselves even before they were busted. It's one of these things everybody knows but nothing ever happens.

1040 days ago
33.

Pegasus    

Who Was Natalie Wood? The Movie Star Behind The Drowning CaseWho Was Natalie Wood? The Movie Star Behind The Drowning Case
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Almost 30 years after she drowned while yachting off the coast of California's Catalina Island, the world is again fascinated with Natalie Wood as the police reopen the investigation into her death.

Many who are following the developments weren't even born when the beautiful actress mysteriously fell to her death, and RadarOnline.com is taking a look back on the life and death of the movie star.

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Born in 1938, Wood was a successful child actress during the golden age of Hollywood and her part in the Christmas classic Miracle On 34th Street remains a holiday-viewing staple to this day.

It was her break out role in 1955's Rebel Without A Cause alongside James Dean that rocketed her to fame though and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Both Dean, and Natalie's other co-star, Sal Mineo died young, leading the film's stars to be dubbed "the tragic three."

The pretty porcelain-skinned brunette went on to star in the timeless classics West Side Story and Gypsy, before winning Academy Awards for Best Actress in Splendour In The Grass and Love With The Proper Stranger.

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Blossoming into a beautiful woman, Natalie was soon wooed by a string of older men, including Dennis Hopper, Elvis Presley and Robert Wagner, the man at the center of her drowning mystery, whom she had a childhood crush on and married in 1957 but divorced five years later.

Wood's on-screen success was marred by personal trauma including a suicide attempt in 1966 in the wake of her breakup from famous Hollywood Casanova Warren Beatty.

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She went on to bounce back from the heartbreak to marry British producer Richard Gregson and gave birth to daughter, Natasha in 1970.

The couple separated just ten months later after Natalie learned her husband was having an affair with her secretary.

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After her double heartbreak, Natalie circled back to her one true love, Wagner, and they reunited and married for a second time and welcomed their daughter, Courtney Wagner in 1974.

Wagner found fame on the small screen with the television series Hart To Hart while Natalie focused on raising their family.

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When her children were older, the Oscar-winner attempted to return to acting in the early 80s by moving to North Carolina to star in Brainstorm with Christopher Walken, a move that may have caused irreparable damage to her marriage and possibly even led to her death.

After becoming close on set, Wood brought Walken back to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving and invited him to join her, Wagner, and boat captain Dennis Davern on the ill-fated boat trip to Catalina.

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On Saturday, November 28, 1981, they all dined at a restaurant on Catalina Island where Natalie reportedly got drunk. Hours later she fell to her death off their yacht into the depths of the Pacific, in what was ruled an accidental drowning.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Davern told the Today Show on Friday that he had lied to officers investigating the death back in the early 80s, and he thinks Wagner is responsible.

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"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," he told NBC's David Gregory. "I did lie on a report several years ago...I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth.”

He added, "We didn't take any steps to see if we could locate her...I think it was a matter of, 'We're not going to look too hard, we're not going to turn on the searchlight, we're not going to notify anybody right now.'"

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Investigators who have reopened the case said in a news conference that Wagner is not a suspect in her death.

Wagner's spokesman Alan Nierob said in a statement Thursday, "Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter...they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."

1040 days ago
34.

txcn    

I think this captain has spent a great deal of his life quite plastered. To listen to him talk he has pickled his brain quite well. Gotta laugh at the part where he says Robert Wagner plied him with liquor. Now somehow I don't think that took a lot of arm twisting. No matter what comes out of this investigation, its quite clear the drunken captain was negligent and did not have the best interest of his passengers in mind. An impaired driver on the ocean is no different than an impaired driver on the road. He is as much to blame for her death as anyone else. None of them should have been out there to begin with. Talk about a ship of fools.

1040 days ago
35.

tellmeaboutit     

Maybe they need to take a good look at this guy and what HE was doing that night, besides being boozed to the gills. He seems to be the most suspicious person in this equation.

1040 days ago
36.

ckrotchy    

WTFN JOKE RW din`t DO IT crissy DIN`t DO IT capt din`t do it no one else there.THE OLD MAN OF THE SEA DID IT FOX says cashin and cashout RW whom everyone in FN world knows DID IT.His frat partyboy playboy lady killer ways started back on BROKEN LANCE in which he setup mother jean peters to play dad howard hughes for the wargames profits contracts which went to his studio CBS FOX stan hugh frat mob studio clan clan.LAPD works for CBS sony viacommie`ss as does the whole FN town so this is all about nothing but profit margends at the proper TIME.Scew that screwed off studio jane mother jean peters trying to play dad howard hughes into his grave she always had satellite backup didn`t robert wagner

1040 days ago
37.

sammi    

Ok way back when I can remember her death and it was a shock even to those who were of younger age as well. She was a role model and what a tremendous responcibility it was. Back in the day Hollywood was much different in a lot of ways. Many protected eachother or for the most part the indecretions where left in the closet. The point I am making is that for some reason there are some who can tolerate high alcohol levels and for all appearances seem sober and they do remember. This Captain was pickled at the time of woods death but more than likely theres more to the story. More than likely he had a higher tolerance because he was a alcoholic at the time. What I'm saying these type of people sometimes with the history of their drinking die of something else with a kidney unscaved...So it is not totally out of his relm that he may be telling the truth. There's more to the story that is being told. For instance the boat its way to small not to know whats going on.

1040 days ago
38.

Brian    

I believe Robert Wagner is guilty.

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1040 days ago
39.

cbm    

I saw the captain on the Today show and he did not seem credible. Saying not credible is an understatement. There is no way he would be credible enough on the stand to convict anybody. Ay competent attorney would kill him on cross examination.

1040 days ago
40.

kim    

WAS DRUNK??? HE S T I L L LOOKS DRUNK PERHAPS EVEN WASTED AND I DON'T JUST MEAN WITH ... B O O Z E ... LETS JUST SAY HE REALLY ... L O O K S ... LIKE he FELL ASLEEP IN A BLAZING FIELD OF and I DON'T MEAN OF FLOWERS... G A N J A ... WHAT A LOOSER HE WAS THE CAPTAIN THEREFORE IT WAS HIS RESPONSEABILITY TO START SEARCHING and he SHOULD GET SOMETHING TOO CAUSE HE WAS DRUNK and therefore COULD NOT DO HIS JOB PROPERLY... AND he ALSO LIED... LIKE I SAID BEFORE CAPITALS ... L O O S E R ...

1040 days ago
41.

anonymous    

Dennis Davern is the real killer of Natalie Wood. Read my book for details.

1040 days ago
42.

Realist    

LOL look at the idiot Americans passing the guilty verdict before any proof is given, besides the blubbering of a man admittedly hammered at the time of the death. Gimme a break. Americans get dumber and dumber by the day. Who needs actual facts and a court case? The people on TMZ think he's guilty, so he must be! Hahahaha.

1040 days ago
43.

nof    

@"This captain is a drunken disgrace!! After 30 years he wants to sully Robert Wagner's reputation and upset Natalie's daughters?????? The police are idiots for re- opening this death. It alsao coincides with his book just coming out!!! Why don't the police go try to find all the children that are missing!!!! This is just not right!!!"

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Big Robert Wagner fan, hu.


You live at his house?


Are your activities restricted?


Contact with the outside world?


When he lets you out in the morning?


Does he have someone follow you around?

1040 days ago
44.

nof    

@"LOL look at the idiot Americans passing the guilty verdict before any proof is given, besides the blubbering of a man admittedly hammered at the time of the death. Gimme a break. Americans get dumber and dumber by the day. Who needs actual facts and a court case? The people on TMZ think he's guilty, so he must be! Hahahaha."

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Another of Wagner's spin_people who wear ankle bracelets and are micro-chipped.


Thought Wagner supported this deeper look into all of it?

1039 days ago
45.

Sally    

At the time, I felt that the LA Police did not investigate the death and that it was no accident. She was afraid of the and it was her own words that claimed that fact. I always believed that Robert Wagner was responsible, but all celebrities seem to be treated more favorably than the general public in LA. A great loss of a star.

1039 days ago
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