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Natalie Wood Investigation

Captain's Polygraph Test

May be Worthless

11/23/2011 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Captain Dennis Davern
passed a lie detector test on the details he remembers about Natalie Wood's death -- only problem is ... Davern was wasted the night she died ... so the results may be worthless.

Davern reportedly took the polygraph exam back in 2008 to prove he was telling the truth about his recollections the night Wood died -- specifically, that Robert Wagner allegedly told him not to call the Coast Guard and to cover up what really happened on the boat.

Famed polygraph expert Dr. Edward Gelb tells TMZ ... Davern's "passing" only means he is being truthful about what he remembers -- "If you believed something occurred, you would run truthful. It doesn't mean it happened ... it means the subject believes it happened."

What Davern believes and what really happened may be 2 different stories ... because he admitted (below) he was drinking heavily -- scotch and wine -- the night Natalie drowned. 

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By the way, even if someone is charged with Natalie's death ... the polygraph results would not be admissible in the trial, although it's highly unlikely this case would ever end up in court.
 

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JW    

Please stop reporting on Natalie Wood. Most of us have never seen her in a movie. She's from a bygone age. And all this second-guessing is just to promote a tawdry book. Apparently, someone at TMZ is a Wood fan. I suspect there are few readers who care much about her. Her hit movies were in the 1950s and 60s, and she died in 1981. Let all RIP.

1002 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

It doesn't matter, anybody who was under the influence would have their testimony impeached.

1002 days ago
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J    

Davern is the most honest, reliable looking guy I have ever seen.

1002 days ago
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Tammy    

I think he made sexual advances to her in a drunken state, she resisted in a struggle and went over. He, fearing charges, let her drown. Now, he needs to sell a book and is blaming RJ. I'd never believe anything from this s***bag's mouth!!

1002 days ago
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yogabean    

OMG, who CARES????? let them take care of it. i get so annoyed everything i come on here there is a new (but not so new) headline. so i immediately go to radar online or perez. jeeezzz. get over it.

1002 days ago
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NobodySpecial    

So what percentage is TMZ getting on book sales about all this ?

1002 days ago
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Big Daddy    

Davern's parents named him Dennis, because they didn't know how to spell the sound of a nose being blown.

1002 days ago
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Big Daddy    

Are these before, and after pictures?

1002 days ago
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nof    

How is it possible to mix Scotch and Wine ... and not DIE.


Also - how is it possible to ADMIT you drink both Scotch/Wine.

1002 days ago
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Jeff Dranetz    

Mr.Wagner, Mr. Walken, and Miss Wood were passengers a board this yacht, while Mr. Wagner may have been an owner, Dennis Davern was hired serve as captain. Dennis Davern had no right being drunk on duty. He, if anyone, is responsible for Miss Wood's death. I would speculate also that Dennis Davern heard the arguing, came on to Miss Wood thinking he could get some "revenge sex". She probaly push away from him and fell onto the dingy, and into the water.

1002 days ago
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Rick    

As the boats "Captain" he could be held liable for a death that occurred that he could have prevented had he not been intoxicated.

1002 days ago
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seanmac    

I don't see there is anything wrong to write and publish a book when nobody wanted to listen to the truth for 20 years. The book allows the truth to be out and achieved its intent--to reopen the case.

IS THE WORLD HAS TO BE THAT CYNICAL to belittle two writers noble cause--let truth be out?
I salute the two writers' courage and dedication on behalf of Ms. Wood.

1002 days ago
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Dentist to the starz    

The Cap'n must need money to get his teeth fixed.

1002 days ago
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seanmac    

I don't see there is anything wrong to write and publish a book when nobody wanted to listen to the truth for 20 years. The book allows the truth to be out and achieved its intent--to reopen the case.

IS THE WORLD HAS TO BE THAT CYNICAL to belittle two writers noble cause--let truth be out?
I salute the two writers' courage and dedication on behalf of Ms. Wood.

1002 days ago
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nof    

@ Tammy's

"think he made sexual advances to her in a drunken state, she resisted in a struggle and went over. He, fearing charges, let her drown. Now, he needs to sell a book and is blaming RJ. I'd never believe anything from this s***bag's mouth!!"

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My only question, Tammy, is who's paying you.


And are you free to leave the house.

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