It’s been 30 years since Natalie Wood died. Her death, initially declared an accident, has been reopened as a homicide investigation, primarily because of a book written by the captain of the boat where Natalie Wood spent her last minutes.
Martin Rulli, the captain of the boat suggested foul play, according to TMZ.
Rulli, who co-authored the book, has given Sheriff’s investigators documents supporting material in her book.
In the book — “Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour” — Rulli and Splendour Captain Dennis Davern write about the night Natalie drowned. They say before Natalie disappeared from the boat, she was drinking and taking Quaaludes with her husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. Natalie had been rumored to be having an affair with Walken.
According to the book, Wagner became enraged when he saw Wood and Walken speaking, and smashed a wine bottle, yelling at Walken, “What do you want to do, f**k my wife? Is that what you want?”
At that point, Walken returned to his cabin and Natalie and Robert went to their state room. According to the Captain, he heard a loud argument between the couple and thumping sounds, and eventually silence.
Later that evening, the Captain went to the deck and was told by Wagner, “Natalie is missing.”
The book claims Wagner refused to let the Captain call the Coast Guard.
Wagner told the Capt. the dinghy was gone, along with Natalie, but some doubted that because she was deathly afraid of dark water. Some theories state that Natalie liked to look at the evening stars on the dinghy and while getting on the boat fell and hit her head on the edge of the yacht.
The LA Coroner’s office will be holding a press conference tomorrow at 2pm. Have they found the murderer?