Wagner Pushed Natalie Wood Off That Boat: Interview
Sister Lana Wood recalls story on old audio tape
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2012 2:22 PM CDT
In this April 23, 1972 file photo, actor Robert Wagner and his former wife, actress Natalie Wood, pose at the Dorchester Hotel in London, England.   (AP File Photo)

(Newser) – Newly unearthed audiotapes indicate Robert Wagner may have pushed girlfriend Natalie Wood off a boat and dithered while she drowned, CBS News reports. In a taped interview, Natalie's sister Lana Wood said she once received a call from Dennis Davern, captain of the boat on that fateful night in November 1981. "Dennis was obviously drinking" when he called, Lana says on the tape. "Dennis was not a close friend, and I don’t know why he decided to call me."

"He said it appeared to him as though RJ [Wagner's nickname] shoved her away and she went overboard. Dennis panicked and RJ said, ‘Leave her there. Teach her a lesson.'" According to Lana, Davern urged Wagner to take action, but he "kept drinking and kept drinking" and was in "a foul mood." Still, "it was an accident," says Lana. Davern has already accused Wagner of failing to look for Natalie after she went overboard, and a coroner has updated her death certificate from "drowning" to "drowning and other undetermined factors."

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Sep 16, 2012 12:45 PM CDT
Congress determined the "Kennedy Assassination" was a conspiracy but they are going to look for more facts in the death of Natalie Wood instead ? Let's go after the Johnson's and everyone else that made BILLIONS off Vietnam, and ALL the members of the WARREN COMMISSION.
Sep 16, 2012 10:38 AM CDT
They knew this in the 80's
Sep 16, 2012 2:13 AM CDT
Where was this testimony during the inquiry into her death?