Almost four decades since actress Natalie Wood died during a yacht trip with husband Robert Wagner and pal Christopher Walken, investigators are taking a look back at what exactly happened during that 1981 night. This past Thursday, on CBS, 48 HOURS correspondent Erin Moriarty talked about the new evidence that has been found on the case, and the committed investigates that hope to expose the dark truth.
In a clip of CBS’ Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water show, Moriarty is seen asking Lieutenant John Corina if he believes the story told by the yacht’s captain, Dennis Davern, is in fact true.
“I find his story and his version of events when he talked to us… everything fit. It makes more sense of what happened and is corroborated by other people,” he replies.
Speaking to 48 HOURS, Davern said the day “just kept getting more tense” as Wagner kept drinking booze and Wood kept flirting with Walken. The captain claimed that Wagner was infuriated by the way in which his wife and his best friend spoke, and became increasingly jealous as they spent more and more time together. At one point, Davern said, Wagner broke a bottle of wine and yelled at Walken: “You want to f**k my wife?”
After the explosive confrontation, Wood reportedly went into her cabin and Walken went into his. The yacht captain said that Wagner followed Wood and the two began fighting violently, later taking their aggression outside. Davern told investigators that he did not see exactly what happened, but that at one point, he began hearing Natalie Wood, and Wagner told him she had gone back to shore.
Talking to the CBS hosts this Thursday, Moriarty said that while the captain’s story has been known for years, investigators have recently found two other eyewitnesses who support Duvern’s claims ad who have been helpful in the ongoing investigation.
“They have no reason to lie,” says the lieutenant in the show clip.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Robert Wagner has told reporters he was not arguing with his wife before her mysterious drowning death. Regardless, he continues to be considered a person of interest in the decades-long case.
Natalie Wood: Death in Dark Water will air on February 3, on CBS.
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