MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The case surrounding one of Hollywood’s long-standing mysteries is getting another look. Thirty years after Natalie Wood’s death, the Los Angeles County Sheriff is reopening the case.

A yacht captain is now saying her husband Robert Wagner is responsible for Wood’s drowning.

“I just didn’t want my whole life to go by without the truth coming out,” said captain Dennis Davern.

It’s something his friends are having a hard time believing, including local personality Nancy Nelson.

“If this isn’t true, if this isn’t true, what a horrible, horrific thing to do to somebody,” said Nelson.

In 1981, Natalie Wood’s body is discovered off the coast of Catalina Island. The night before, she, her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken were all aboard the yacht.

Davern, the yacht captain on board the night Wood died, is telling reporters he lied to investigators and now blames Wagner for her death.

“Isn’t it interesting he was able to hold on to this horrible secret for 30 years? If he hasn’t been paid by anybody, then maybe, maybe he’s worth listening to,” says Nelson. “I was in one of his trailers on a backlot and it was loaded with Natalie pictures everywhere. I said, ‘I need to ask how you’re doing, and he opened up and he sobbed.'”

But Davern says there’s more to what meets the eye.

“Christopher and Natalie were sitting on the sofa. And within a split second, Robert Wagner picked up a wine bottle, and smashed it on the coffee table. And yelled out what are you doing, trying to [expletive] my wife,” said Davern.

He says the three had been drinking heavily and Wood and Wagner continued fighting shortly before she disappeared.

A spokesperson for Wagner says he fully supports the new investigation. In a 2008 autobiography, Wagner blamed himself for Wood’s death.

On Saturday, CBS will present new interviews and information in “48 Hours Presents Vanity Fair: Hollywood Scandal” at 9 p.m.

Comments (3)
  1. Joe blow says:

    What in the hell does Nancy Nelson have anything at all to do with this??????????

  2. karen says:

    Nancy Nelson is getting SOOOO old and tired looking. Of course she always thought she was so much smarter, prettier, and “caring” than the rest of humanity.

    Nancy, how about getting off LEFT WING LUNATIC radio in MN and actually start caring about the unborn children you and your friends to the left of Fidel Castro think ok to throw in a trash bin.

    Nancy’s problem is she is filthy rich, but still loves socialism for the rest of us.

  3. TW says:

    This entire story is baloney about someone looking to cash in on the 30th anniversary and a media looking for stuff to fill air time.

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