There’s Another New Twist in the Natalie Wood Case


Natalie Wood has been gone for more than 30 years, but interest in the star and her mysterious and untimely death—her body was discovered floating off Catalina Island in 1981—lives on. Raising questions this week is news that a supplemental autopsy report cites several fresh bruises and scratches on Wood’s body—marks that seem to have occurred before the actress fell from the boat she was on with her husband, Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken. The report by Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, which was concluding in 2011 but not been made public until now, explains the coroner’s decision later that year to change the cause of death from accidental to “drowning and other undetermined factors.” So what really happened the night Natalie Wood died? Authorities have previously stated that Wagner is not a suspect in the case, but the actor’s account of his wife’s final hours—he claims that he and Walken had argued before he realized she was missing—does little to solve the mystery of her drowning. Sadly, neither does this new evidence; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sources told the Los Angeles Times that detectives are not ready to re-classify the case as a homicide.


This post has been updated.

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