It's a story about a celebrity death that shook the world. The mystery surrounding the incident of the death of Natalie Wood almost four decades ago, has not abated. Rather it is getting more confusing as new facts emerge and old facts start to blur a bit.
But one thing is certain—mysterious or not, the authorities believe that there is more to the death of the Hollywood A list actress than the previously documented accidental drowning. Foul play perhaps?
Well, they aren't ruling that out as the likeliest cause of her death. But changing the tragedy from an accident to a murder, will need much more than speculation. It will need solid irrefutable fact, real proof and possibly eyewitnesses and a motive that points to the perpetrator.
And Now they probably have it.
|Natalie Wood and husband Robert Wagner|
Here are some facts from that fateful night. Ms. Wood went missing late on Nov. 28 from the yacht Splendour. On board were her popular television star husband, Robert Wagner, the young actor Christopher Walken and the boat’s captain.
After they discovered her missing, The men spent hours searching for her before alerting the Coast Guard. Later, the next day to be precise, Her body was found, shoeless and wearing only a nightgown and red parka, in a rocky cove near Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles on Nov. 29. She was 43 years old at the time of her death.
Originally ruled an accident, her death was recently reclassified as “suspicious.”
Here is what one law enforcement officer thinks about the circumstances that led to her untimely death:
“She got in the water somehow, and I don’t think she got in the water by herself,” Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told Erin Moriarty, a CBS correspondent, in a special “48 Hours” report to be broadcast on Saturday.
And the incriminating Account from the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, who was on board with the other two men and Natalie, has maintained he witnessed an explosive, alcohol-fueled fight between Ms. Wood and Mr. Wagner immediately before her disappearance, have long stoked speculation of foul play. Some eyes have been on Mr Wagner for a while although he has never been a suspect.
But things appear to be getting clearer after Investigators said they have two new witnesses who support Mr. Davern’s account.
According to the new accounts: “A witness provided details about hearing yelling and crashing sounds coming from the couple’s stateroom,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Sheriff Department.
There was a row before her death. An argument with non other than her husband. The statement added: “Shortly afterwards, separate witnesses identified a man and a woman arguing on the back of the boat. The witnesses believed that the voices belonged to Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner.”
But it's a bit strange, because The statement did not elaborate on where the witnesses were at the time or their identities. They had to have been pretty close to the where the couple were arguing to hear.
Mr. Wagner is not a suspect but “more of a person of interest now,” Lieutenant Corina told Ms. Moriarty.
It's also been suggested by investigators, that the bruising found on her body during the autopsy were suspicious of a physical attack.
|Hollywood actress Natalie Wood drowned in 1981 aged 43|
At the moment, the 30 year old case is fully open.