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Lana Wood

Cpt. Says Wagner Left Wood

'To Teach Her a Lesson'

11/18/2011 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111811_lana_wood_videoLana Wood is telling a chilling story about the night her sister died -- that Robert Wagner knew Natalie Wood was in the water ... but instructed the captain of the yacht to "leave her there, teach her a lesson."

In an interview with TMZ, Lana says Captain Dennis Davern told her several details about Natalie's death ... including that there was a drunken fight between Wagner and Natalie that night in 1981.

Lana claims Wagner -- or RJ, as she calls him -- didn't call her until 2 days after Natalie's death and offered her no explanation, other than ... "it was an accident."

As for the reopening of the investigation, Lana says her sister "deserves the truth" -- and she never bought the official explanation about Natalie and the dinghy ... because she knows her sister was afraid she would die in "dark water."


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I dont know why they (the cops) are bothering to reopen the investigation when they still consider it an accident.

1068 days ago


Why didn't Captain provide this information to the authorities 30 YEARS AGO? What a nut.

1068 days ago


So, either the Captain lied back then or he's lying now? I doubt this will ever go to trial, but if so, good luck to the prosecuting getting a conviction based on the testimony of a confirmed liar.

1068 days ago


If its true that "RJ" told the captain do not help her then he's an idiot for listening and is also partially responsible for her death.

1068 days ago

jim nasium    

Well - the story aside - That captain should Know:
Q: What Kind of Wood Does Not Float ?
A: Natalie Wood.

1068 days ago


Robert Wagners website says:

In light of recent developments the following statement has been released:

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.

1068 days ago


ok now is official bull sh**t - this captain has a different story for every one - how come he is not arrested for lying in an official investigation yet - he would be just if not more guilty than robert wagner if this is true - he was a liscensed captain and had duties required to protect his passengers - he was as drunk as the rest of them, i bet he doesn't remember any thing - all is a drunken haze

1068 days ago


Cute dog.

1068 days ago


Leave it to TMZ to have the WORST camera work, evah!

1068 days ago

Charlie Sheen's Watch    

Thia mutha frucker is trying to get sales of his book. And to anyone - Notice this dumb ass is implicating himself. If what he says is true - he is admitting that he helped kill Natalie Woods and the sister thinks the Capt is a good guy!

Get real people. This guy is trying to sell more books. If not, he is as much of a killer as Wagner.

1068 days ago


Plenty O'toole is the best.

1068 days ago


and i don't know what they mean by dark water - it was only 20 ft deep were they were and the water was so clear you could see the bottom - plus lana hated robert and never sopke to him after robert and natalies 2nd marraige and natalie let robert adopt her daughter - lana was pissed cuz she wanted to be named guardian and never spoke to robert again - guess she needs a pay day

1068 days ago


Maybe the Kardasians orchestrated this case to be reopened to eclipse the fact that 99% of America can't stand them. :D

1068 days ago

Arcadia Rink    

Harvey, this is a SENSATIONAL and historic interview! I am old enough to remember where I was when I learned Natalie Wood had died and the story has never felt right to me. Thank you for seeking the interview from Lana Wood, posting it and your continued reporting on this dynamic story. May the truth come to the light for Natalie Wood.

1068 days ago

Savvy Beotch    

They are just making it up so they can sell a book. Had this been true then they would hve told the trutyh 30 years ago when the accident was being investigated. If they lied 30 years ago, they should be improsoned along with Wagoner. 1) For offering false testimony 2) They should be considered co-conspirators in the murder since they knowingly left her in the water - JUST FOLLOWING ORDERS doensn't cut it.

1068 days ago
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