How Did Natalie Wood Die? Feds Reopen Probe
Dennis Davern's 'New Recollections' in Death of Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood drowned on November 28, 1981 while on a yacht with husband Robert Wagner and friend Christopher Walken. The boat was captained by Dennis Davern. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. is reopening the Natalie Wood case.
Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken were arguing over the respective values of career and personal life when Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko) retired for the evening. The story goes that she fell overboard while trying to secure a dinghy, though she may also have been trying to leave the yacht due to the fight between her husband and their friend.
Natalie Wood's death was ruled an accident. "Christopher Walken killed Natalie Wood" and Robert Wagner killed Natalie Wood" have both made the rounds as urban legends, but alcohol and inexperience with rescuing someone at sea were ruled to be the true culprits.
It's worth mentioning, though, that Natalie Wood's body was heavily bruised when it was found, and she was wearing only a down jacket, a nightgown, and socks. No life jacket. This is important because Natalie Wood didn't know how to swim.
New Recollections and a Reopened Case
A press conference is scheduled for November 18, in which more details will be revealed regarding why the Natalie Wood case is being reopened after nearly 30 years, based on "new information". We'll find out what this has to do with yacht captain Dennis Davern.
[Update: Dennis Davern told the Today Show that Robert Wagner "was responsible" for Natalie Wood's death after the couple had a huge argument aboard the yacht. That argument was not part of the original police report.]
Natalie Wood was the star of films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, and Brainstorm, which was released after her death. She was 43 when she was found dead in the water off Catalina Island.