Too Bad Natalie Wasn’t Made of Wood

By Adele

If she had been, she might have stayed afloat until someone answered her cries for help — because God knows the man she married — twice —Robert Wagner, wasn’t going to do it. He didn’t even identify her body once it was found.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the 30-year-old suspicious drowning case of Natalie Wood has been re-opened. It was the freaking lead story on the NBC Nightly News. (Shame on you, Brian Williams!)

Dennis Davern, captain of Natalie’s yacht, Splendour — a.k.a. “world’s worst TV interviewee” (ask David Gregory, whose attempts to get Davern to make a point on the Today Show failed utterly) — co-wrote a book about it in 2009. Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour must not have made enough of a, uh, splash, because Davern’s out there trying to churn things up again without actually saying anything.

Natalie was on her boat with Robert Wagner and her co-star in Brainstorm at the time, Christopher Walken (who has now lawyered up), when an argument started, possibly over an alleged affair between Natalie and Walken.

Walken went to bed while Natalie and Wagner continued to fight. There had been a lot of drinking all evening.

At some point, Natalie, in a flannel nightgown, socks, and a jacket, went over the side. She was deathly afraid of the water.

Wagner knew it, and Captain Davern says Wagner told him not to turn on the searchlight and check the water when Davern realized Natalie was missing.

WHY NOT?

There were only so many places on that boat Natalie could go. Did Wagner think she’d hopped into bed with Walken? Did he hope to punish her by letting her tread water for a while?

Or in the heat of battle, did he push her, and fear how she’d spin it if she lived to tell about it?

The police are now saying Wagner still isn’t a suspect, although he was the last one with Natalie.

I’m not saying Robert Wagner intended to drown Natalie Wood, but he knows exactly what happened and he knows what he DIDN’T do to save her.

Robert Wagner needs to come clean. If the police can’t bring themselves to get answers out of him, then they should stop wasting taxpayer money to help the perp get away with it — AGAIN.

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4 Responses to Too Bad Natalie Wasn’t Made of Wood

  1. adele says:

    I’m certainly not the only one to make this observation, but imagine my surprise when I turned on NCIS and one of the first things I saw was Robert Wagner in handcuffs — he periodically plays the father of one of the characters, and he was a suspect in a murder last night. Talk about cringe-worthy; I kind of had the same reaction as I’ve had when I’ve turned on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Russell Armstrong (the husband, who committed suicide) is featured. I actually do cringe and turn away.

  2. Noel McWormald says:

    Exhume the body?? WHAT could they possibly discover 20 years after the fact? Blunt force trauma to the head? I assume they looked for at the time. I never watch those forensic shows because they ALL make me cringe (I couldn’t dissect a frog in biology), but playing murder suspects may be Wagner punishing himself through acting. Didn’t everyone assumed Wagner had killed Natalie Wood at the time (I know I did) and that it was probably a booze-fueled crime of passion. He was O.J. before O.J. was O.J…. but for some crazy reason, it all just “went away.” But now? They’ll never prove it. And with all the Republican candidate madness, surely the 24-hour news isn’t hard up for a story. Maybe Wagner’s slyly marketing a book entitled “If I Did It: Part Deux” All of this…just in time for Miracle on 34th Street season. SO sad.

  3. catsworking says:

    Noel, it’s 30 years after the fact, so even less of her to examine. I actually read through the 34-page autopsy report, and it listed all her prescription meds and how much of each she’d taken. It didn’t look like there was any abuse there. But what you DON’T hear in all the reports is that her blood alcohol level was 1.4 (1.0 being the legal limit), and they found cocaine and morphine in her system. So she probably wasn’t too steady on her feet, especially on a bobbing ship.

    I think we can assume that Wagner and Walken probably indulged in a little coke as well.

    The other thing was that her body hadn’t gone into rigor mortis when they pulled it out of the water, so she hadn’t been dead long. One guy who helped recover her said on TV today it seemed likely she survived in the water for a few HOURS, holding on to something. The water temp was in the low 60s (not near freezing, as some have assumed), and her body temp was 63 degrees at death.

    As far as I’m concerned, the fact that Wagner REFUSED to look in the water after their violent fight when the captain couldn’t find her on board indicates that Wagner knew what happened to her. I don’t think he killed her, even in a temporary fit of rage. But he pushed her, she fell overboard, and he thought he would “punish” her for a while with her fear of water. Maybe he thought she could pull herself into the dinghy.

    A woman who was in a boat 90 feet away said she could hear a woman screaming for help for about 25 minutes. Wagner didn’t hear it? This same woman wasn’t ever questioned by the police until THIS WEEK.

    What surprises me is that Wagner was considered such a heavy-hitter, he could squelch the whole investigation as thoroughly as he did.

  4. adele says:

    There’s a long history of celebrities being able to quash investigations in L.A. and its environs — going all the way back to the Thomas Ince murder, and William Randolph Hearst’s involvement. I suspect sometimes money changes hands, but sometimes, I think the officials are just starstruck.

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