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The mysterious circumstances surrounding Natalie Wood's death are still mysterious nearly thirty years after she drowned off the coast of California. Thanks, in part, to a new book co-authored by the captain of the boat Wood was on before her death, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has reopened the case, though no suspects have yet to be named.
Wood, 43 at the time of her death, drowned on Nov. 29, 1981, while on a boat with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. According to various reports, Wood, Wagner and Walken had been drinking, and when Wood went to the deck of the ship to secure a loose dinghy at around midnight, she fell into the water. A poor swimmer wearing a heavy coat, the coroner ruled that Wood died by accidental drowning.
Wood and Wagner reportedly had a big fight before the incident, and -- in the new book 'Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour' -- Dennis Davern, the ship's captain, alleges that he heard the fight and then "silence." He also says that Wagner wouldn't let him call the Coast Guard when Wood went missing. That detail could become major for the police; in tests run by the book's co-author Marti Rulli, Wood's jacket would have actually kept her afloat for hours and not sucked her down to the ocean floor, as the initial coroner's report suggested.
"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," Davern told the Today show on Friday. "I did lie on a report years ago. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report."
When asked if he felt Wagner was "responsible" for Wood's death, Davern said, "Yes I would say so."
In light of the Wood case being reopened, here are ten other unsolved Hollywood mysteries.
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