The demise of film big name Natalie Wooden 4 a long time in the past continues to fascinate the media and now the “Dr. Phil” display has joined in, web hosting the yacht skipper who now claims Wooden used to be murdered and Wooden’s sister who accuses her ex-brother-in-law, actor Robert Wagner, of doing it. 

On November 29, it is going to be 37 years since Wooden, the Hollywood kid star-turned-Oscar-nominated actress, died at age 43 in a mysterious drowning off the coast of Santa Catalina, the preferred excitement island within the Pacific southwest of Los Angeles. 

Wagner, Wooden and their buddy, actor Christopher Walken, sailed to the island within the couple’s yacht, Splendour. Wooden disappeared from the yacht underneath instances that stay murky.

Hours later, her frame used to be discovered, clad in a flannel nightgown, crimson down jacket and blue socks, floating within the Pacific a few mile clear of the yacht.

Her demise used to be first of all dominated unintentional drowning; in 2012, it used to be modified to drowning plus “undetermined elements.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division has been making an attempt for many years to pin Wooden’s demise on Wagner, now 88, by means of periodically re-opening their investigation, labeling the demise “suspicious,” and calling for eye and ear witnesses to return ahead.  

In interviews Thursday and Friday on his display, host Phil McGraw talked to 2 acquainted faces from the Wooden saga: Dennis Davern, the person generally known because the “skipper” of the yacht, and actress Lana Wooden, 72, Natalie’s sister.

A body snatch from a First Coast Information broadcast in Nov. 28, 2011, Dennis Davern, former captain of the boat actress Natalie Wooden used to be on simply earlier than she drowned in 1981. (Photograph: First Coast Information)

Davern, who first of all instructed police Wooden’s demise used to be an coincidence, now could be pronouncing he believes it used to be homicide. “You consider Robert Wagner murdered Natalie Wooden?” McGraw requested him on Friday. “Sure, I truly do,” Davern stated. 

Davern instructed McGraw he heard Wooden and Wagner interact in a noisy battle that night time and when it grew quiet he went on deck to seek out Wagner status on my own. Wagner instructed him that Wooden used to be lacking, and when Davern advised calling for lend a hand, Wagner blocked him from doing so. 

Later, he stated, Wagner advised him at the tale they’d inform to police: That she should have slipped and fallen into the water unintentionally.

Lana Wooden has lengthy been suspicious of that tale and of Wagner’s habits at the yacht that night time; on Thursday, she instructed McGraw that Wagner has “one thing to cover.”

“Are you suggesting that he knocked her out and threw her within the water?” McGraw requested. “One thing like that, completely,” she stated. 

She criticized the unique investigation into Wooden’s demise and stays indignant at “RJ,” as Wagner used to be identified, for proceeding to refuse to speak to detectives about it.  

“The one explanation why can also be is that he has one thing to cover. Another way, why wouldn’t you communicate to the police?” Lana Wooden instructed McGraw. “Why wouldn’t you are saying ‘Inquire from me the rest, in fact.’?” 

Lana Wooden has made an identical accusations prior to now. In July, she seemed on “Megyn Kelly Nowadays” to discuss the tragedy. When Kelly requested her if she thinks Wagner murdered her sister, Lana Wooden stated, “Sure.”

Wagner has lengthy denied murdering his spouse, and robotically declines to remark when the case is introduced up within the media or by means of sheriff’s detectives. 

His rep, Alan Nierob, instructed USA TODAY that Davern and Lana Wooden will have to be shamed. 

“They’re despicable human beings, capitalizing at the unintentional demise of a liked member of the Wagner circle of relatives,” Nierob stated. “They will have to be embarrassed about themselves.”  


Nearly 4 a long time after the tragic demise of Hollywood big name Natalie Wooden, investigators expose there’s a new individual of hobby within the case: her then-husband, Robert Wagner. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has extra.


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