Los Angeles, Calif. – Although only three other people were on the yacht called the Splendour the night Natalie Wood died – including her husband Robert Wagner – authorities say he is not a suspect in his wife’s 1981 death.
Nevertheless, Wagner, now 81, apparently changed his story somewhat about what occurred on that fateful night, according to a ’48 Hours Mystery’ episode entitled ‘Vanity Fair: Hollywood Scandal.’
To watch the ’48 Hours’ episode that explores Wood’s death and other infamous Hollywood stories, click here.
To see photos of Natalie Wood over the years, click here.
According to law enforcement involved in the initial investigation, Wagner said broken glass found inside the yacht was due to a bottle breaking as a result of rough seas. However, in his 2008 book, Wagner admitted he broke the bottle during a heated argument with actor Christopher Walken.
Renowned actress Wood, 43, drowned almost 30 years ago after partying on Thanksgiving weekend with Wagner and Walken, with whom she starred in the film ‘Brainstorm.’ At the time, 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. The autopsy report also indicated Woods had 24 bruises on her body, including an abrasion on her left cheek.
To read the entire Natalie Wood graphic autopsy report, click here.
Marti Rulli, who co-authored a book with Dennis Davern, the former captain of Wood’s yacht – the Splendour – said during an interview that he told her the night Wood died, a terrible fight took place on the boat. Davern claims that Wagner believed Walken was attracted to Wood and became jealous.
To hear author Marti Rulli’s interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin regarding Natalie Wood’s death, click here.
To see newly released photos of the yacht called Splendour, which is now in Hawaii, click here.
Anyone with information regarding the case is urged to call Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Lt. Corina at 323-890-5641.
To watch a Nov. 18, 2011, sheriff’s department news conference regarding the reopening of the investigation into Natalie Wood’s death, click here.
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