New Investigation Into Movie Star's Mysterious Death
Why are cops reopening Natalie Wood case 30 years later?
- Duration 6:24
- Date Nov 18, 2011
Why are cops reopening Natalie Wood case 30 years later?
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-- -- that was of course Academy Award nominated actress Natalie Wood in one of her most famous roles.
As Maria in West Side Story although that was rehearsing.
And the new investigation into her mysterious death is on the docket today Kelly's court.
Now we just learned from the Los Angeles sheriff's department what prompted detectives to reopen the case -- here.
Recently we have received information.
Which we felt was substantial.
Enough to make -- take another look at this case.
The case has been assigned to sheriff's homicide investigators.
Whom we follow up an additional information.
As well as any other additional information that may develop.
So is this a good idea joining me now defense attorney David -- and former prosecutor and cohost of the five right here on Fox News Channel.
Really -- well I -- so is this does is makes cents to reopen this investigation which was ruled an accidental drowning thirty years ago almost to the day she got.
I know people are speculating in what's the motivation here is it just because the anniversary that's not the way that office works -- sheriff's department down our -- very closely.
-- members of that team and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office will be involved as well they don't open cases just because it seems like it that I dear there's an anniversary they will only reopen a case that has been closed.
Because there is sufficient and significant information that has been brought forward or directly contradicts.
And information -- fact -- that they were operating on -- evidence that this is anything other than an accidental drowning can.
Well -- -- captain seems to be making some -- state is that whether or not there to be believed they can be questioned because of the fact that he's releasing trying to push you know -- and there's perhaps say.
Pat pecuniary -- some motive involved in it but they're gonna have to sort that out also think about the technology the crime solving advances that we have now -- -- available thirty years ago.
They are going to -- and take another look at the -- so that tells me there's something about the actual visit event.
Are blocking good luck finding any evidence on that -- yeah the last thirty years ago.
Listen David -- -- you know at the time.
What we knew what we knew 2030 years ago what we know now is that you know that now that was family says she wasn't she was not a swimmer she hated the ocean -- on camera saying that her biggest fear was -- dark.
And his sister came and said she wouldn't -- know how to swim she would never go to another boat are granted -- me at night like Robert Wagner claimed.
And would not put ashore dressed in a nightgown and Sox which is the condition in which he claims she got in -- Ding me for some you know midnight -- That apparently well enough to look at him more seriously thirty years ago why is it.
Well make -- out front of striking that lieutenant in the press conference said that he's not concerned about the credibility issues such as.
This statement being completely contradicted previous statements in the fact that this book is being released -- -- trying to publicize it.
But -- the bottom line is prosecutors will be concerned with it.
If there's a report forwarded by the LA sheriff's department to prosecutors.
They're going to look at all of these issues of credibility before they decide to file any type of charges this is building an ideal answer the evidence.
Anything with forensic evidence which is the -- maybe DNA from the exhumation of the body I wouldn't be surprised at all because could -- be DNA under Natalie -- -- fingernails to possibly survive this long -- -- short struggles.
-- her -- and that elderly and that a foreigner would've looked for all of that back then get over the years is there were several bruises all her body at the time.
That were they said consistent with balling up two -- bruises on her body yet facial abrasion -- -- left cheek.
Bruises on her arms wildly at it comes down I think to his captain to guide the police department said -- sources several sources but.
All we're hearing about so far as the captain and his cohort who -- writing the book the captain now claims in an interview with NBC news.
The question was was the fight between Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner what ultimately led to her death.
Yes the captain told David Gregory house so well like I said that'll be up to the investigators he says.
But listen to that captain and what he told -- -- although.
Years ago this is not nineteen anyone.
I knew Natalie -- and voluntarily -- -- And leave the -- I first.
Turn that -- on the spotlight on and look.
-- -- -- But -- did see something that was not reported to the -- What happened in this half hour -- RJ went down.
And look for -- and they got into an argument.
Sure enough I can tell you yeah.
So he couldn't really tell you.
Too much about that exchange when her although -- and he couldn't really tie a Robert Wagner to the death of an -- to say didn't really look too hard for her.
Now is coming out Kimberly and saying.
In 08 yes in response to was that fight would ultimately led to -- -- right to reopen a case well.
It is if he's told them additional information that he's not sharing publicly and that they are not telling -- I'm telling making a significant that they are reopening at they have something that they feel is important.
That they have to take a second let's think about -- times past maybe this captain wants unburdened himself.
And tell a little bit more when at the time these.
Three big powerful movie stars are there people lights make things go away even back then you know and not unbelievable now now you look at this time is passed people moving on in years maybe wanna get a few things off your chest get a few more -- Yeah it does yeah I don't doesn't -- else.
I had -- selling a book is selling a book and you know for every.
Make a statement like that when Geraldo and freedom twenty years going to then to make this statement.
The DA's gonna look this case and you know -- -- Top line prosecutor I think they have to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt if there's a recommendation of a type of homicide charges.
And I don't think under all these circumstances that the credibility issues anyway -- never -- -- -- have more than that captain -- wanna go after Robert Wagner who by the ways welcoming the investigation but saying.
We they certainly hope it comes from a credible source other than those were trying to profit from her -- thirty years later -- thank you dating Kimberly.
We'll be right back there.