When Dennis Davern appeared on Megyn Kelly Today on Wednesday, joined by Marti Rulli, the co-writer of the book, Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, the pair revealed details on their most recent conversations with police regarding the late Natalie Wood’s death.
During his time on the show, Davern said he spoke with the police in what came to be a “lengthy interview.” The Hollywood Reporter reports that the two co-authors claim Wagner pushed Natalie off the boat. At the time of the incident, Davern said he gave the LA Sheriff’s Department all of the information that he had.
After he told them everything he knows, they asked him if he was willing to do a polygraph test, and he said “yes.” The captain claimed he passed it with “flying colors.”
According to the yacht boat captain, Robert Wagner, who is now 88-years-old, held him “hostage” after the incident. Davern claims that he got a job working with Wagner for a year in a studio, and had to live in a house controlled by the actor.
He was working on a TV series called, Hart To Hart, and Wagner had a driver pick him up and take him from his house to the studio every day. At the end of every workday, he alleged that he stayed in a room where he couldn’t get out because the door was locked from the outside.
Dennis claims he thought the “whole house has a security system,” but wasn’t sure. Regardless, he felt “very locked-in.” When Megyn pressed him on why he didn’t go to the police, Rulli came to his defense.
Following the death of Wood, Rulli explained, Wagner wanted Dennis Davern underneath his wing, so it was hard for him to speak with his family and friends.
As the story goes, Wood died while traveling on the family’s yacht in 1981, along with Wagner, Davern, and Christopher Walken. Authorities found her body floating in the water near Santa Catalina Island on the 29th of November, 1981.