What happened to Natalie Wood, the actress who died under mysterious circumstances in the 1980s? Two contending narratives have emerged since her untimely death in November of 1981.
On one hand, many people believe she died accidentally. She was drunk at the time of her death and, according to this line of thinking, accidentally she fell overboard off the deck of her husband’s yacht, a yacht called, “Splendor.”
It might make sense, but that’s just one view. Others familiar with the cold case say that her jealous husband Robert Wagner murdered her in a fit of rage.
Well, the second group might have been right all along if recently discovered evidence is to be believed.
What is that new evidence? There are actually two pieces of it.
The first is, as Radar Online reports, that Wood and her husband, Robert Wagner, had a brutal fight shortly before her death. As that outlet reports:
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In the weeks before Natalie Wood’s corpse was recovered off California’s Catalina Island on Nov. 29, 1981, she and husband Robert Wagner had a knock-down drag-them-out fight in a North Caroline hotel.
But it’s not just that reports are circulating that the two were fighting. Rumors are rumors and, like free advice, are generally worth less than you pay for them.
No, here, according to the retired prosecutor Sam Peronni, the man who has petitioned the Los Angeles County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s office demanding they launch a coroner’s inquest jury, there’s someone who can prove that the couple was arguing around the time of her death. Again according to Radar Online:
In a second bombshell development, Peronni — a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Arkansas — said Christopher Walken, Wood’s co-star in the movie Brainstorm, was there during the verbal stoush.
“I uncovered critical motive evidence from Natalie’s probate file and North Carolina where Natalie was shooting the film Brainstorm, including an argument between Natalie and Wagner in a hotel restaurant with Walken present,” wrote Perroni, in a copy of his petition reviewed by Radar.
He added, “Finally, I have proof from a good friend of Natalie’s that Wagner and Walken were arguing well before their Catalina Island trip started on November 27, 1981.”
And it’s not just Peronni that believes Wood was murdered. Another man quite close to the situation, the captain of the yacht does too. Watch him describe why here:
We’ll see what happens and if Peronni can prove anything, as the case has a bit of a tortured history. Her death was first ruled an accidental drowning, then was reopened in 2011, then the cause of death was slightly modified in 2013 to drowning and undetermined factors in 2013, and, finally, in 2018, Wagner was named a person of interest in the case.
So, perhaps the trend is toward the government finding it was a murder, perhaps nothing will change. But, based on the Radar Online report, it does look like the cold case just warmed up quite a bit.