Natalie Wood — born Natalia Zakharenko to Russian and Ukrainian immigrant parents was an American actress who died November 28th, 1981.
She reportedly fell off the yacht, "Splendor" while with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, Christopher Walken and the boat's captain.
The captain reported that he heard a loud alcohol fueled fight between the two.
Recently, new witness statements have caused the investigation to gain traction, reportedly affirming the captain's statement.
Those on the boat spent hours searching for her before alerting the Coast Guard. Her body was found, shoeless and wearing only a nightgown and red parka, in a rocky cove near Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles on Nov. 29. She was 43.
Originally ruled an accident, her death was recently reclassified as “suspicious.”
Robert Wagner, now 87, is deemed not a suspect but "more a person of interest."
What can be expected from re-intervieiwng Wagner, decades later and at age 87?
This will depend upon his mental acuity and his willingness to speak. Since 2011, he has refused to cooperate.
However, the witness statements can be compared to the original statements given by the captain as well as by Wagner.
As we age, trauma's impact is often mercifully dulled. A verbal (or sensory) "trigger" can jolt the brain into recall. We see this, even now, with World War II vets many of whom have reportedly gone for their entire adult lives saying very little of what they experienced, only to burst into tears over some seemingly minor stimuli.
A signalman for the US Navy in the Sea of Japan, my father suffered with nightmares for his entire adult life.
While on duty in 1945, his role meant being on deck during the "kamikaze" or suicide missions of Japanese pilots. This meant elevated hormones, for hours at a time, of extreme fear. These young men were also subject to "scuttlebutt" where the number of kamikaze flights were exaggerated. They also shared a terrible fear of sharks, with some sailors unloading their sidearms, in anger, at the site of them around the ship.