Natalie’s mys­tery death

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - IN BRIEF -

A NEW WIT­NESS has come for­ward in the un­solved death of Hol­ly­wood star Natalie Wood. The body of the ac­tress was pulled from the wa­ter off the LA coast af­ter a night of drink­ing with her hus­band, Robert Wag­ner, and Christo­pher Walken, in 1981. Ini­tially de­clared ac­ci­den­tal, her lonely death was sus­pi­cious, po­lice have since said. LA homi­cide de­tec­tives re­vealed ear­lier this month that they want to ques­tion Wag­ner again in light of new ev­i­dence, say­ing his story “doesn’t add up”. On her last night alive, Wood in­vited Walken to join her and Wag­ner on their cruiser, The Splen­dour. An­other per­son aboard the boat, Den­nis Dav­ern, in 2011 re­vealed new de­tails of the night, say­ing a fight broke out be­tween Wag­ner and Walken, and Wag­ner ac­cused his wife of be­ing un­faith­ful. Af­ter Walken re­treated to his room, the cou­ple con­tin­ued to fight, said Dav­ern in 2011. “Natalie and Robert were ar­gu­ing, yelling, things were be­ing thrown.” The star’s body was found in the wa­ter the next day. In 2012, the LA coro­ner changed the cause of death from “ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing” to “drown­ing and other un­de­ter­mined fac­tors”, cit­ing bruises on Wood’s body. LA po­lice said Wag­ner’s ver­sion is “con­stantly chang­ing”, and the ac­tor, now 88, has re­fused to speak to them since they re-opened the case.

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