‘Damning new evidence’ has emerged about the mystery death of actress Natalie Wood, leading to calls for her husband Robert Wagner to be indicted for her murder in 1981. That’s the sensational claim published in the US today.
Ongoing questions about the tragic actress’s drowning off the coast of California’s Catalina Island, have not been silenced by the coroner’s original conclusion the death was an accident – with the actress trying to climb into a dinghy and drowning in the darkness of night.
However since that terrible night, Robert, now 87, has been plagued with questions over his role in her death after it was revealed the couple had had a vicious, booze-fuelled fight just hours before she died.
Now a startling new report by US publication Globe says a Los Angeles County grand jury will be asked to reinvestigate the cold case in light of conflicting conclusions found from the autopsy. Authorities reopened the death probe in 2011 and the coroner’s office changed the cause of death to “undetermined”.
Investigators tell the magazine that marks found on Natalie’s body ‘prove she was choked into unconsciousness’ and ‘rolled off’ her yacht in a heavy coat so she’d drown.
“Once this goes to the grand jury, he’s sunk and will finally pay for what he did. Justice has been perverted from the very beginning,” one anonymous, purported investigator is quoted as saying by Globe.
The Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (CCIRI) took on the case last year and is claimed to be providing the grand jury with forensic proof that Natalie was murdered. CCIRI boss Sheryl McCollum told the Globe that they’ve “consulted experts in body language, underwater crime scene, domestic violence, statement analysis and criminal profiling” to crack the case.
Robert’s four-hour delay in calling for help and his refusal to turn on the vessel’s searchlights “is very troubling” to investigators, as well as the fact a voice stress analysis of his denial, conducted by Florida expert Michael Sylvesteri, allegedly suggests he was ‘lying’.
Robert has always maintained his innocence, however Lt John Corina of the sheriff’s homicide bureau says the star is refusing to cooperate with his investigation.