Blame Husband in Natalie Wood Death: Captain
Robert Wagner was 'responsible' for tragedy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2011 10:01 AM CST
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(Newser) – Robert Wagner is to blame for Natalie Wood’s death, says the captain of the boat off of which Wood reportedly drowned. Appearing on the Today show, Dennis Davern was asked whether Wagner was responsible. "Yes, I would say so. Yes," he replied. A number of details from that night 30 years ago don't sit well with him, Davern explained. "We didn't take any steps to see if we could locate her. I think it was a matter of, 'We're not going to look too hard, we're not going to turn on the searchlight, we're not going to notify anybody right now.'"

Davern acknowledged making "some terrible decisions and mistakes" himself, including lying on a police report. So why is he revealing the information now? “I've been trying to get somebody to listen for a long time,” Davern said, noting that his 2009 book on the subject contained his arguments. Wagner's publicist said he backs the new investigation and hopes new details come from "sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30-year anniversary of her tragic death." As for Davern, "I'm not in it for any kind of profit, I'm in it for the justice of the whole situation." Click to read more.

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Nov 19, 2011 2:31 AM CST
Nothing to get excited about folks; it's all about the thirtieth anniversary thing and people trying to make a buck out of it. I always thought Robert Wagner was to blame for her drowning, but no one would listen. Anyway, What kind of Wood does not float? Answer: Natalie Wood.
Nov 19, 2011 1:14 AM CST
The sad thing is that Natalie Wood was terrified of water. She was terrified during the pond segment of "Splendor in the Grass", so it's even worse that she died in the water.
Nov 18, 2011 9:45 PM CST
Captain's story doesn't wash; oh, and who was the captain? Who was the master of the boat who allowed drunk people to keep drinking and go over? Could not get anyone to listen? Ah, did you try the folks at something called The Coast Guard--they are amazing at their jobs, much more so than you the captain was at yours, obviously? Enjoy your money from the book ....