Legendary actress Natalie Wood died 36 years ago off the coast of Catalina Island in California. Her body was recovered a mile from a yacht she and her actor husband Robert Wagner were on. Wood who was deathly afraid of the water was recovered alone in a dinghy, in the frigid waters of the Pacific ocean. Wager, Wood, and Wood’s last co-costar actor Christopher Walkin were spending Thanksgiving weekend on the luxury yacht ‘Splendour’. Wood was 43, at the time of her 1981 death, which at first was ruled an accident. The case has was reopened in February of 2018.
Also on board the ship the evening of Wood’s death was the captain, Dennis Davern. The captain told police that he lied when he was originally interviewed, and he believes due to what he witnessed that Wager was responsible for Wood’s death. There is no statue of limitations on murder, according to the LA Sheriffs department, the case is open and unsolved. A new podcast series is exploring the mysterious death of Wood. The show, ‘Fatal Voyage’ The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood’ is looking at the known facts of the case. LA County Sheriff Ralph Hernandez has some stunning allegations on the podcast.
Hernandez said, ‘there is a lot of evidence that indicates there was foul play involved in Wood’s death. Other suspicious elements of the event are that Walkin who was married to his wife Georgianne for 12 years was not on the boat with Walken on the Thanksgiving weekend. Walkin is still married to his wife today. The Wagner’s had two young children were also not on the boat. Hernandez said that Wagner has refused to cooperate with investigators, and when he offered details of the night it contradicted the evidence. The podcast is a 12 part documentary now available on iTunes.