Natalie Wood’s sister says she doesn’t expect ‘a deathbed confession’ from Robert Wagner about the star’s death

It’s been almost 40 years since Lana Wood lost her sister, and she’s determined to find out what really happened.

In 1981, the body of Natalie Wood was found on Catalina Island in California. The 43-year-old man, who was afraid of dark water, wore a red jacket and a nightgown. She had been drinking heavily on board a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and his co-star Christopher Walken. The only other person on board was the ship’s captain, Dennis Davern.

“As far as I’m concerned, we are still on the case,” Wood told Fox News. I hope that maybe someone’s son or daughter has seen or remembered something. There must be more people who know something.

The fellow actress has recently written a memoir titled “Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” where she sheds light on the details surrounding the case and how she has struggled for answers over the years.

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Lana Wood, a former Bond girl, is the younger sister of Natalie Wood. (Courtesy of Lana Wood)

Authorities initially ruled that the death was an accidental drowning. However, that changed after years of scrutiny and more witnesses emerged. In 2011, authorities reopened the investigation after Davern said he overheard the couple arguing on the night of Natalie’s disappearance.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office amended Wood’s death certificate in 2012 to include “drowning and other indeterminate factors.” The change is partly because researchers were unable to rule out that some of the bruises and marks on Wood’s body occurred before she entered the water, according to the report. Wood was not wearing a life jacket, had no history of suicide attempts, and did not leave a note.

The report also revealed that investigators had not preserved Wood’s nails to determine if he had tried to make his way back to the boat. Scratch marks were found on the hull of the ship.

Then, in 2018, the lead detective on the case said that Wagner was considered a person of interest. The now 91-year-old actor has denied any involvement in Natalie’s death and no charges have been filed. Her spokesperson did not comment when Fox News approached Lana Wood’s book.

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American actor Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938-1981), around 1970. (Silver Screen Collection Photo /.)

That same year, Lana Wood and Davern participated in a podcast titled “Fatal Voyage” that singled out Wagner. At the time, a Wagner spokesperson told Fox News: “They are despicable human beings who profit from the accidental death of a beloved member of the Wagner family. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Lana Wood, who is not related to the actor, said she previously pleaded with Wagner to speak with investigators handling the case.

“I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t talking to the detectives,” the 75-year-old said. “He never did. And I don’t know if it ever will. Will there ever be a deathbed confession? Probably not. It just seems like it goes that way. All I can do is print the truth.

Lana Wood said she has no doubt that Wagner is “responsible” for what happened to her sister.

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"Our daddy with Natalie in the Splendor" wrote Lana Wood. "They were sailing for the first and last time my dad was on the boat. He died shortly after this photo was taken."

“Our dad with Natalie at the Splendor,” wrote Lana Wood. “They were sailing for the first and last time my dad was on the boat. He died shortly after this photo was taken. (Courtesy of Lana Wood)

“There were two people in the back of the boat and then there was only one,” he claimed. “I hold him accountable.”

In his 2008 memoir, Wagner wrote that he and Walken discussed the night in question. When he went to bed, the star noticed that his wife and a rubber boat that had been tied to the yacht were missing.

“There are only two possibilities,” Wagner wrote. Either he was trying to get away from the discussion, or he was trying to tie up the boat. But the bottom line is that nobody knows exactly what happened.

Walken, now 78, has said little publicly over the years about the incident and has offered blunt responses at times when pressured. However, he told Playboy in 1997 that he thought Wood was probably half asleep and slipped, hit his head and fell off the boat.

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"Dad (who loved to be called "Fahd" by Natalie)," wrote Lana Wood. "Here he is visiting while Splendor was docked, with Dennis Davern by his side."

“Dad (who loved Natalie calling him” Fahd “), wrote Lana Wood. Here she is visiting while the Splendor was docked, with Dennis Davern by her side. (Courtesy of Lana Wood)

Lana Wood said it was unlikely that Natalie had tried to leave the ship on her own.

“That’s pretty drastic for Natalie,” explained the former Bond girl. «She always liked to be alone. I had flown to New York a couple of times to stay with her because she would call me and say, ‘No one is here. How fast can you get here? ‘ And then I would do my best to get on a plane and be with her. Being alone was always a problem for her. So I can’t imagine that I would try to leave a boat in the dark alone.

Lana Wood claimed that she has tried to connect with Natalie’s daughters over the years, who were raised by Wagner.

“I have sent countless letters and made many photo calls,” he claimed. “But I understand it. His mother died and his father was the only father they had left. So, of course, they were going to believe everything he said. What happened to those girls is devastating. But I have tried.

"In my mom's apartment in Los Angeles, with RJ and his mom, 'Chat' Wagner," wrote Lana Wood.

“At my mother’s apartment in Los Angeles, with RJ and his mother, ‘Chat’ Wagner,” wrote Lana Wood. (Courtesy of Lana Wood)

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Lana Wood said HBO previously approached her for their documentary “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind.” It included interviews with Natalie’s loved ones, close friends and confidants, including her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner. However, Wood claimed that he told the network that he would agree to participate on the condition that he sit with the 51-year-old in private.

“I wanted to make sure she was comfortable with me doing it,” Wood said. ‘I didn’t get a direct answer. So I thought about it and said, ‘I can’t work with someone who thinks badly of me or doesn’t want to see me. He doesn’t want to talk to me. I just don’t feel comfortable with it. I said no. And I think it was the only time I turned down something that had to do with Natalie… I guess it will always be like this.

A representative for the actress did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Lana Wood said she will continue to press for answers about her sister’s tragic passing. Natalie, he said, would have done the same for her.

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Natalie Wood, the three-time Oscar nominee who starred in "West Side Story" and "Rebel without a cause," He died in 1981 at the age of 43.

Natalie Wood, the three-time Oscar nominee who starred in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” died in 1981 at age 43.

“I hope that after reading this book, people know what Natalie really was like and what she went through,” Wood said.

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Natalie Wood’s sister says she doesn’t expect ‘a deathbed confession’ from Robert Wagner about the star’s death