I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that 90% of you have no idea who I’m talking about, but you’ll sit on my knee and listen or no Werther’s Originals for you. In 1981, screen legend Natalie Wood (Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without A Cause) mysteriously drowned while partying on a yacht, The Splendor, with her husband Robert Wagner (Number 2 from Austin Powers for you whippersnappers) and Christopher Walken (This guy). It was believed she drowned trying to board a dinghy at night, but new information has come forward from the captain that has prompted the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. to reopen the case after 30 years, so just assume Mike McQueary also witnessed this and got a promotion from it. TMZ reports:
In the book — “Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour” — Rulli and Splendour Captain Dennis Davern write about the night Natalie drowned. They say before Natalie disappeared from the boat, she was drinking and taking Quaaludes with her husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
According to the book, Wagner became enraged when he saw Wood and Walken speaking, and smashed a wine bottle, yelling at Walken, “What do you want to do, f**k my wife? Is that what you want?”
At that point, Walken returned to his cabin and Natalie and Robert went to their state room. According to the Captain, he heard a loud argument between the couple and thumping sounds, and eventually silence.
A short time later, the Captain went to the deck and was told by Wagner, “Natalie is missing.”
The book claims Wagner refused to let the Captain call the Coast Guard.
Apparently this isn’t the first book where witnesses stories don’t match statements given after Natalie’s death, so the case will be officially reopened today and investigators have already interviewed Natalie Wood’s sister Lana about Robert and Natalie’s “volatile” relationship. He’s since released the following statement:
“Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff’s department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept.”
The statement continues, “[The Wagners] trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death.”
Adding… “But, first, you’ll have to withstand my knockout gas! MUAHAHAHAHA!”
(I’m not gonna lie, I would’ve peed a little if that was in the statement. Murder used to be such a refined and classy affair. Now it’s all semen on bedsheets and David Caruso. I don’t like it.)