A representative speaking on behalf of Robert Wagner is claiming that the allegations he played a role in his wife’s death are “despicable.” A spokesperson for the 88-year-old actor stated that Lana Wood, Natalie’s sister, and Dennis Davern, the boat’s captain, are profiting off of her death by making sensationalist and salacious claims.
Robert, through his rep, stated they are “despicable human beings,” and that they should be “ashamed of themselves.” As you may know, Davern and Lana Wood have been participating in the podcast, Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death Of Natalie Wood, in which they charge that Robert played a role in her passing.
As it was previously reported, the authorities found Wood’s dead body on the Santa Catalina Island on the 29th of November, 1981. She was 43-years-old at the time of her death.
Before she died, Natalie was traveling with the family on their yacht, Splendor, along with Wagner, Dennis Davern, and Christopher Walken. The podcast started in July on the day that would’ve been her 80th birthday.
In a new episode released today, Friday, September 21st, Ralph Hernandez, a homicide detective on behalf of the LA County Sheriff’s Department, claimed her body was found with bruises, including on her head, arms, and legs.
For this reason, authorities are considering re-opening the case, and Wagner is a suspect. Hernandez said the bruises are “assaultive in nature.”
The first coroner, Dr. Thomas Noguchi, claimed the bruises were “superficial,” but the second coroner stated they were significant, mostly because of their location on her body.
Hernandez stated it was possible that the bruises came from another incident, but they’re unsure. “Some of those could have potentially been from a fall.”
Interestingly, the other passenger aboard the yacht, Christopher Walken, hasn’t spoke about the case. However, he did hire a lawyer when the LAPD re-opened the case in 2011.