Los Angeles, Calif. – Marti Rulli, who co-authored a book regarding the night Natalie Wood died, claims a terrible argument took place prior to the renowned actress’ death. She spoke to TMZ about the heated disagreement that allegedly took place between Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
Dennis Davern, the former captain of Wood’s yacht wrote the book ‘Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour,’ which Rulli co-authored. He was on board the night that Wood, 43, died.
Rulli tells TMZ’s Harvey Levin that Davern was “not forthcoming in the initial investigation, which he regretted…” She added, “…he was really tortured by what happened that night” — Nov. 29, 1981.
According to Rulli, detectives conducting the initial investigation into Wood’s death were never given information by Davern, Walken and Wagner regarding an alleged “terrible argument” that took place right before Wood vanished from the yacht.
Rulli said Wagner smashed a wine bottle and accused Walken of “wanting to have sex with Natalie.” She continued, saying “Natalie was mortified… Christopher Walken went to bed… no one saw him until morning again…”
Woods then went to her state room with Wagner following close behind, according to Rulli, at which time Davern allegedly heard arguing.
She claims Wagner and his attorneys told Davern to keep quiet about what he had witnessed, saying, “…attorneys wrote the history on Natalie Wood’s death…” Wagner also told him not to turn on the “search light or call anybody” after Woods alleged fall overboard, said Rulli.
In addition, Rulli says a “red flag” regarding Wood’s death is that it allegedly “took over four hours to call for professional help from the Coast Guard.”
To hear Rulli’s entire interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin regarding Natalie Wood’s death, click here.
Instead of investigating further, the coroner ruled Wood’s death an accident, saying she was drunk and trying to secure a dinghy that was hitting the hull when she slipped and fell into the water – dressed only in a jacket and nightgown.
According to CNN, the autopsy report also indicated Woods had 24 bruises on her body, including an abrasion on her left cheek.
The actress was reportedly deathly afraid of water and once said during an interview that what she feared most was drowning in “dark seawater,” CNN reports.
Rulli also told Levin she’s “confident the case is in good hands now” and believes investigators will examine the case as “if this happened yesterday.”
To read Rulli’s statement to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department asking them to reopen Wood’s case, click here.
TMZ reports that detectives have already been to New Jersey to interview Rulli, have traveled to Florida to speak with Davern, returned to Catalina where the incident took place and are planning to head to Hawaii to examine the Splendour.
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