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What Happened to Natalie?

Captain, Sis & Author Speak Out

11/18/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


All the major players in the Natalie Wood death investigation joined us today ... and gave up all the details that led to the case being re-opened after 30 years.

One huge revelation -- Dennis Davern, captain of "The Splendour" -- says everyone on board, including himself, was wasted on booze! Plus, author Marti Rulli on how her dogged efforts renewed investigators' interest in the case.

Also, Lana Wood talks about her strange relationship with Robert Wagner since the night her sister died -- and they all tells us what they think really happened that mysterious night.


(0:00) Harvey breaks down the entire Natalie Woods case.
(12:05) Author Marti Rulli -- who spearheaded the campaign to have the case reopened -- is on the phone.
(13:45) How Rulli convinced cops to open it back up.
(16:30) What did Christopher Walken see?
(29:10) Natalie's sister Lana calls in -- and says Robert Wagner never talked to her about what happened.
(31:45) Lana says the captain of the boat, Dennis Davern, told her that Robert didn't save Natalie to teach her a lesson.
(37:05) Lana says Davern told her Robert was responsible for Natalie's death.
(43:00) Davern is on the phone now -- and he explains the events leading up to Natalie's death.
(45:50) What did Dennis hear that night?
(46:20) Davern says Wagner told his straight-up ... DON'T call the Coast Guard.
(51:01) Davern says he was smashed the night of Natalie's death.


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elissa schornstein    

I am so pleased this case has been reopened. The first time around the detectives messed up badly. A botched job. Nobody really looked into the case properly and whatever Mr. Wagner said was believed and not questioned. The original Detective was certainly put off questioning both Mr. Wagner and Mr. Walken as they were big celebrities and of course Mr. Wagner was acting the role of the devastated grieving husband! Of course who was too broken hearted to identify his poor wife's bruised body. (Oh I forgot he knew she was going to look quite a mess because he already knew what had occurred)! He really never answered the curious and worrying question of why he didn't call in the proper authorities right away and do a massive search for his wife! I guess he was killing time as he knew where she was and was waiting for her to expire. This makes perfect sense and would account for him being in no hurry to get the search started as soon as she was found missing! Horrible as it may seem there is no other explanation. Most normal people wouldn't have waited and waited for her to return from wherever she had gone in the pitch dark and in her nightdress! This is a woman who was deathly frightened of deep dark water. There is no mystery here just a terrible lie!

1031 days ago

Capatin Jeff     

Robert Wagner was a jealous maniac and beat his wife and threw her in the water during a severe physical argument over her chit chatting and probably coming on to her good looking co-star during the Thanksgiving weekend. Put it this way THREE men on the boat and little Natalie winds up in the water dead. It doesn't take rocket science to know what happened. Will they get him for murder? Probably not. Its been to long. The police are only doing their due diligence at the request of the public. Give it some more time and this will slowly fade away again.

1018 days ago
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