Geraldo Warns Detectives Probing Natalie Wood's Death
Rivera: 'Go with caution'
- Duration 5:04
- Date Nov 18, 2011
Rivera: 'Go with caution'
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Right now detectives -- are reopening the investigation into -- Hollywood mystery the death of actress Natalie Wood thirty years after it happened.
And LA county sheriff will hold a news conference today.
What is death was ruled an accidental drowning back in 1981.
It happened after a night of drinking with her husband Robert Wagner.
They were on their yacht named splendor along with -- actor Christopher Walken and the ship's captain.
-- and would apparently argued it's believed she went up on the ship's deck.
And somehow ended up in the ocean off Catalina Island off the coast of California.
The ship's captain co authored a book recently and said in an interview he felt Wagner was responsible.
A representative for Wagner says although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA county sheriff's department about this matter.
They fully support the efforts of the LA county sheriff's department.
The Wagner's trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood.
Wagner is -- That it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit.
From a thirty year anniversary of her tragic death.
Joining us now is someone who has looked at this case in the past Geraldo Rivera is host of at large here on Fox News Channel you've actually spoken to some of the main -- -- was -- -- to -- the skipper of the splendor -- -- -- if I may.
Remember RJ Wagner and I see him in like some kind of insurance commercials and the people remember him from heart to heart Natalie -- Was that three time Academy Award.
-- her Splendor in the Grass.
Rebel without a cause Gypsy.
I mean you pick it goes on and on her credentials westside story she's she was really.
America's sweetheart they married they were bigger than Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore come in they -- era.
You know so she was used so here you have a story where they go on this vote the splendor -- them slugger on the grass it's anchored off Catalina Island.
At some point Christopher Walken who is starring in a movie with Natalie -- Apparently is getting very chummy with her RJC's then getting -- gets really angry he has they're real fit.
And everything that happens ensues from that here's my interview with the the captain Dennis the -- who's now speaking so this is on the tenth anniversary of the 1981.
Deaths -- dislike -- valid argument that thirtieth anniversary this is -- sound from twenty years ago down from twenty years ago ten years after it happened here is the cap.
I knew Natalie -- and voluntarily -- thing.
And leave the -- -- -- So let's.
Turn -- for a light on the spotlight on there and look.
-- -- -- But -- did say something that was not reported to the -- -- What happened in this half hour -- RJ went down.
And look for -- when they go into an argument.
-- -- -- -- From -- he's backing down from telling you what happened personal I mean at the very briefly.
After -- the argument with Christopher walked.
That lead disappear it's the official version is that's the last time anyone sees her what the captain is saying in this in essence is that now.
He heard RJ arguing with Natalie on the fan tail of the boat.
Shortly before she disappeared and -- RJ Robert Wagner did not let the captain report her disappearance to the Coast Guard.
For a long time and he's surmise is now in this book.
That RJ was so angry at Natalie for flirting with Christopher Walken that he did something pusher in the quarter that she would never go on the -- herself.
-- night down -- the deathly afraid of the quarter end of the dark.
And he believes that RJ Wagner is in some way culpable I don't know what new evidence the sheriff's deputies have now to reopen this case but I do know these questions have persisted but I also -- the questions have persisted about the captain was an extremely heavy drinker.
He had a blast with them we did that interview you know those little bottles that -- -- miniature alcohol.
It that problem at all so bad he crystallized.
What he remembered to sell this book.
Her friends her family have said she would never have.
Gone up on deck in the dark of night to tie up that didn't -- which was supposedly the reason she was out there -- the -- was banging against the side of the vessel.
She never would have done that she was deathly afraid of the water she did like the dark.
Although I have questions John about the captain I have no questions but that they are are disturbing circumstances disturbing facts.
In Natalie -- -- drowning accidental death.
It seemed to me a rush to judgment that it was an accident I welcome the fact that there reopening New York.
The investigation but I say go with caution because this guy's story in this captain's story has changed over the 3030 years later what a story years later -- Hollywood has these enduring mystery thanks Jenna.