It’s been almost 40 years because Lana Wood lost her sis– and she’s identified to learn what truly took place.
In 1981, Natalie Wood’s body was discovered off California’s Catalina Island. The 43- year-old, who had a worry of dark water, was using a red down coat and a nightgown. She had actually been consuming greatly aboard a private yacht with her other half, Robert Wagner, and co-star Christopher Walken. The only other individual aboard was the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern.
” As far as I’m worried, we’re still on the case,” Wood informed Fox News. “I’m hoping that maybe someone’s child would have seen or kept in mind something. There’s got to be more individuals out there that understand something.”
The fellow starlet has actually just recently composed a narrative entitled ” Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood” where she clarifies information surrounding the case and how she has actually defended responses for many years.
Lana Wood, a previous Bond lady, is the more youthful sibling of Natalie Wood.
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Authorities at first ruled the death an unintentional drowning. That altered after years of examination and more witnesses emerging. In 2011, authorities resumed the examination after Davern stated he heard the couple arguing the night of Natalie’s disappearance.
The Los Angeles coroner’s workplace modified Wood’s death certificate in 2012 to consist of “drowning and other undetermined aspects.” The modification partially since detectives could not dismiss that a few of the contusions and marks on Wood’s body took place prior to she entered into the water, according to the report. Wood wasn’t using a life vest, had no history of suicide efforts and didn’t leave a note.
The report likewise exposed that private investigators had not maintained Wood’s fingernails to identify if she had actually attempted to claw her method back into the rowboat. Scratch marks were discovered on the craft’s hull.
Then in 2018, the lead investigator in the event stated Wagner was thought about an individual of interest. The star, now 91, has actually rejected any participation in Natalie’s death, and no charges have actually been submitted. His representative had no remark when Fox News connected in regard to Lana Wood’s book.
American star Robert Wagner and his better half Natalie Wood (1938-1981), circa1970
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That exact same year, Lana Wood and Davern took part in a podcast entitled “Fatal Voyage” which implicated Wagner. At the time, a representative for Wagner informed Fox News: “They are despicable people, profiting from the unintentional death of a cherished member of the Wagner household. They ought to repent of themselves.”
Lana Wood, who has no relationship with the star, stated she formerly pleaded with Wagner to consult with the private investigators dealing with the case.
” I could not comprehend why he would not talk to the investigators,” stated the 75- year-old. “He never ever did. And I do not understand that he ever will. Will there ever be a deathbed confession? Most likely not. It simply appears to be going that method. All I can do is have actually the reality printed.”
Lana Wood stated she has absolutely no doubts that Wagner is “accountable” for what took place to her sis.
” Our father with Natalie on the Splendour,” composed Lana Wood. “They were simply cruising around for my daddy’s very first and last time on the boat. He passed away not too long after this image was taken.”.
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” There were 2 individuals on the back of the boat and after that there was just one,” she declared. “I hold him liable.”
In a 2008 narrative, Wagner composed that he and Walken argued on the night in concern. When he went to sleep, the star discovered that his partner and a rubber rowboat that had actually been connected to the luxury yacht were missing out on.
” There are just 2 possibilities,” Wagner composed. “Either she was attempting to escape the argument, or she was attempting to connect the rowboat. The bottom line is that no one understands precisely what occurred.”
Walken, now 78, has actually stated bit openly throughout the years about the occurrence and has actually provided brusque replies sometimes when pushed. He informed Playboy in 1997 that he believed Wood was most likely half-asleep and slipped, struck her head and fell from the rowboat.
” Dad (who was caring being called “Fahd” by Natalie),” composed Lana Wood. “Here he is going to while Splendour was docked, with Dennis Davern beside him.”.
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Lana Wood stated it was not likely that Natalie would have tried to leave the boat on her own.
” That’s quite extreme for Natalie,” the previous Bond lady discussed. “She constantly had an aspect of being alone. I had actually flown to New York a number of times to stick with her due to the fact that she would call and state, ‘There’s no one here. How quick can you get here?’ And after that I would do whatever I might to get on an aircraft and be with her. Being alone was constantly a problem for her. I can’t picture she would attempt to leave a boat in the middle of the dark by herself.”
Lana Wood declared that she has actually attempted to get in touch with Natalie’s children for many years who were raised by Wagner.
” I’ve sent out many letters and made lots of image calls,” she declared. “But I comprehend. Their mommy passed away and their daddy was the only moms and dad they had actually left. Of course they were going to think whatever he stated. It’s ravaging what took place to those women. I have actually attempted.”
” In my mama’s apartment or condo in Los Angeles, with R. J. and his mom, ‘Chat’ Wagner,” composed Lana Wood.
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Lana Wood stated that HBO formerly approached her for its documentary “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind.” It included interviews with Natalie’s liked ones, friends and confidantes, consisting of child Natasha Gregson Wagner. Wood declared she informed the network that she would concur to get involved under the condition that she sat down with the 51- year-old independently.
” I wished to ensure that she felt comfy with me doing it,” stated Wood. “I didn’t get a straight response. I believed about it and stated, ‘I can’t work with somebody who believes severely of me or does not desire to see me. Does not wish to talk with me. I’m simply not comfy with that.’ I stated no. And I believe that was the only time I ever declined anything that related to Natalie … I think it will constantly be that method.”
A representative for the starlet didn’t right away react to Fox News’ ask for remark.
Lana Wood stated she will continue to promote responses concerning her sis’s terrible death. Natalie, she stated, would have done the very same for her.
Natalie Wood, the three-time Academy Award candidate who starred in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” passed away in 1981 at age43
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” I hope that after reading this book, individuals will discover what Natalie was truly like and what she went through,” stated Wood.
The Associated Press added to this report.