Back in January, I blogged about the reopening of the Natalie Wood cold case, segueing into other matters as is my wont.
This week in July, the cold case heated up. Well, talk about a comeback! Natalie's in the news big-time even without anything new to promote.
First, I read in National Enquirer about the latest news on the investigation. Frankly, many a gossip piece in the Enquirer is later published as legitimate news from other, more reliable sources, including The New York Times. The Enquirer, of course, doesn't burden itself with fact checkers. Neither does The New York Post as a rule. Of the two tabloids, I personally find National Enquirer generally more reliable.
Wouldn'tcha know, though, only a couple of days later, the gossip made its way into legit news sources.
"The mystery surrounding Natalie Wood’s death deepened this week as a report emerged that her official cause of death had been quietly changed from an 'accident' to 'undetermined,'" wrote New York's Daily News. "The change was reportedly made because the coroner's original ruling [in 1981] was too hasty and did not account for the fact that there may have been another cause behind the bruising Wood sustained." Getting the shit kicked out of her is the inference I'm getting here.
But Lana Wood, Natalie's sister said, in an interview with TMZ: "[W]hen Natalie was in the water, [Wagner] had forbidden the captain from helping her and said: 'Leave her there, teach her a lesson'." She insists that good ol' Cap'n Dennis Davern told her that. "He (Dennis) said that everyone was quite drunk and that a fight broke out and that Natalie was in the water and he and RJ did nothing to pull her out."
According to retired stockbroker Marilyn Wayne, she tried to report the star’s 'last desperate cries for help" but was ignored.
Meanwhile, I certainly hope this doesn't all bring back a barrage of tasteless Natalie Wood jokes from the '80s. Such as:
What did Princess Grace have that Natalie Wood could have used? A good stroke.
What’s Natalie's middle name? Drift.
You wouldn’t get drunk and jump off a boat, would you? Natalie Would.
Look to National Enquirer for further updates.