Dennis Davern (pictured) says he believes Robert Wagner murdered his wife, actress Natalie Wood, during a boat trip they took, where he was the captain.
The man who captained the yacht's silver star, Natalie Wood, died and says he believes her husband, Robert Wagner, is responsible, and says he stopped all search efforts.
Dennis Davern was one of the only four people aboard the Splendor on November 28, 1981. He was joined by Wood, Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
During the weekend that the trio of actors and their captain passed on the boat, Davern claims that they had been fighting terribly, with Wood asking the captain to take her away and trying to call a seaplane to escape, and Wagner arguing with Walken about his attitude towards Wood.
Davern told the producers of Fatal Voyage: Natalie Wood's The Mysterious Death that the night that Wood disappeared, the three actors argued, when the actress came out furious and went to her room.
He states that Walken also came out furious and went to his cabin at the end of the boat, while Wagner stayed where he was, and started drinking with the captain.
Eventually, Wagner went to see his wife, and Davern says a fight broke out between them. When the captain went to investigate, he says that Wagner told him to leave.
Afterwards, he believes that Natalie was murdered and thrown on board.
Wood was a beloved Hollywood actress, who played Maria in West Side Story, before dying during the boat trip in 1981.
Wood and Wagner, also an actor, took his boat, Splendor (pictured) on a weekend trip with his friend Christopher Walken.
Davern says he eventually went to the back of the ship, where he found Wagner on the bathroom steps, and noticed that Wood and the boat were missing.
At this point, the sailor says he tried to start a search for Wood.
"I saw that the boat was missing and I started the engines to start looking," he told the podcast.
"But RJ [Wagner] He said "No, no, do not do that, let's stay, let's have another bottle of wine".
Davern says that when Woods' body was found, it was he, and not Wagner, who remained to identify it.
The couple fought terribly during the trip, said Davern, and Wagner was the last to see Woods alive. Wagner says he took the boat, but Davern says that her husband killed her and put her in the boat.
Davern said he wanted to go find Woods, but Wagner encouraged him not to
"The next morning, Natalie's body was found near the boat, about 800 meters from the Splendor," he said.
When his body was found, Wagner and Walken (photographed in a scene with Woods) left, leaving Davern to identify his body to the police.
"RJ and Walken went by helicopter back to the mainland, and I had to identify Natalie's body."
Later, at Woods' wake, Davern claims that he was introduced to Walken's lawyer.
Soon, he states that he got stuck in the house, that he moved only by a limousine that would wait in front of where he wanted to go, so that he would return to the house of Wagner.
Davern said that Wagner spent these weeks drinking and crying in his room.
"Later, it crossed my mind that they did not want me to say anything about what happened in the Splendor," he said.
The police reopened the case in Woods' death in February 2018, and Wagner has been named as a suspect, but has so far refused to speak with the authorities.