Wagner remembered Wood death in memoir
As Robert Wagner remembers it, there was drinking the last evening of Natalie Wood’s life and some arguing, but nothing that defined why she was found useless the following morning.
“Nobody knows,” Wagner wrote in his finest-selling memoir “Items of My Coronary heart,” revealed in 2008.
The circumstances of her demise remain considered one of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries and proceed to create renewed intrigue, with murder detectives unexpectedly reopening the case Thursday that had long been categorised as a tragic accident. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore mentioned the renewed inquiry was prompted by unspecified new details about Wooden’s case.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective, Lt. John Corina, instructed reporters Friday that Robert Wagner isn’t a suspect in his Oscar-nominated spouse’s nighttime demise in the chilly waters off Southern California on Nov. 29, 1981. Wood drowned after spending a number of hours drinking on Catalina Island and a yacht with Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the ship’s captain, Dennis Davern.
Davern, skipper of the Splendour, advised NBC’s “At this time” show on Friday that he made errors by not telling the truth about occasions resulting in the Thanksgiving weekend demise and had urged Los Angeles County sheriff’s murder investigators to reopen the case. Davern has stated for years that the official account of Wood’s disappearance was not what really happened.
In his book, Wagner recollects tension between himself and Wood and Walken in the day leading up to her death. She was a foul swimmer and was afraid of the water, but she argued with Wagner when he instructed they move their boat, the Splendour, closer to shore. Throughout their last dinner, there was “quite a bit of wine,” however Wagner said nobody was “wherever near drunk,” solely tipsy.
Wagner stated he turned “pissed off” when Walken began advocating the “total pursuit of a profession” and hinting that Wooden ought to really feel the same. Wagner cursed at him and told him to thoughts his own enterprise, slamming a wine bottle so arduous it broke. By this time, Wooden had already left the meal and gone to the decrease a part of the boat, to the grasp cabin. She did not storm out, Wagner recalled, but simply left.
“The final time I saw my wife she was fixing her hair at a bit of self-importance in the rest room whereas I was arguing with Chris Walken,” he wrote. “I noticed her shut the door. She was going to bed.”
Wagner continued arguing with Walken, a combat that Wagner thought might have grow to be bodily, however didn’t. Walken went to mattress and Wagner stayed up for some time with Davern before himself deciding to turn in.
“I went under, and Natalie wasn’t there,” he wrote. “Strange. I went back up on the deck and appeared around for her and noticed the dinghy was gone. Stranger. I remember questioning if she’d taken the dinghy because of the argument, after which I assumed, No way, because she was fearful of darkish water, and apart from that, the dinghy fired up loudly, and we’d have heard it, whether we were within the salon or on deck.”
He speculated that she might have pushed the dinghy to a cove and the engine died. The dinghy was present in a cove the following morning at 5:30 a.m., but Wooden wasn’t on it.
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“We had simply run out of choices, however I didn’t enable myself to actually ponder what that meant – it was too unthinkable,” he wrote.
Two hours later her body was discovered within the water, with bruises on her arms and legs.
My knees went out; every thing went away from me,” Wagner wrote of his reaction. “Quickly afterward, a helicopter came and took us to the mainland.”
Wagner says he still doesn’t know what happened. He thinks she may need gotten up to refasten the dinghy, then slipped and fell in the water, the dinghy drifting away.
“But it’s all conjecture,” he wrote. “Nobody knows.”
“Yes, I blamed myself. Natalie would have felt the same method had it occurred to me. Why wasn’t I there? Why wasn’t I watching? I might have completed anything in the world to make her life better or shield her. Anything. I would have given my life for hers, because that is the best way we were.”