The ship's captain who alleges that Robert Wagner killed Natalie Wood after fighting aboard a yacht in the 1980s has claimed that Wagner held him captive under the surveillance of bodyguards for a year after the mysterious death of the actress.
In the latest installment of the Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death Of Natalie Wood podcast, the ship's captain, Dennis Davern, makes his most recent accusation against Wagner, now 88, who says he took him to a room at the time who came to his house.
"The morning I arrived at Robert Wagner's house to be picked up at the port of Long Beach, there were many people in the house and they took me directly to Robert Wagner's bedroom, where his lawyer, Paul Ziffren, was.
"They told me directly face to face, this is going to be our story, this is what we are going to say
"The story was that when Natalie disappeared she must have left her state room because the boat hit the ship's hull and she could not sleep, so she tried to adjust the boat, and must have slipped and fallen into the water," he said. Davern. Ziffren died in 1991.
Dennis Davern (left) said that Robert Wagner (right) had him in his house and did not leave him out of sight of the bodyguards for a year after the death of Natalie Wood. Wood and Wagner are represented, on the right, in 1970. He drowned in 1981
The couple and Davern were aboard the Splendor yacht in front of Catalina when Wood disappeared after an argument. She and Wagner had been drinking wine along with Chrisotpher Walken when she suddenly disappeared. Wagner claimed that she left in a boat because she was upset about an argument they had, but others believe that she hit her and threw her into the water
He said he was forced to stay at Wagner's house in a locked room. He did not specify how long he was in the room, but stopped when Wagner handed him a check for $ 6,000 to buy an apartment.
"I think I only left that house a few times, I mean I was starting to feel really claustrophobic.
Wagner, now 88, has not responded to the new allegations. His lawyers say he does not want to trust his memory at this age
"At night, when I went to my room, if I felt I wanted to go down or I could just move, I really could not, because the first time I put my hand on the doorknob on the bedroom door, in, it was like a magnetic lock, as a magnetic block.
"He would not let me open the door," he said.
Wood, who hated water and could not swim, drowned mysteriously on November 28, 1981, after arguing with Wagner on board.
They had been boating near Catalina Island with Christopher Walken, Wood's co-star who was one of Wagner's friends.
Her family has long suspected that Wagner hit her and pushed her into the water in a fury or caused her death in another way.
The 88-year-old woman has always maintained that she left in a boat on her own and never returned. He has not responded to DailyMail.com's repeated response requests to the accusations made by Davern and Wood's sister in recent months.
Lana Wood, Natalie's sister, has claimed in the past that she does not want to be interviewed because she says she can not trust her memory.
He also did not respond when the Los Angeles Police Department named him a person of interest last year.
Davern claims that Wagner's lawyer, Paul Ziffren (pictured), told him to follow a "history". Ziffren became a politician and leader of the California Democrats. He died in 1991
In addition to the new comments, Davern previously told how Wagner "stopped" him from going to look for Wood when she disappeared from the boat.
"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, let's not do that, let's stay, let's get another bottle of wine," he said.
When Wood was taken out of the water in her evening dress the next day, she also had a head injury.
In other episodes of the podcast, a witness named Marilyn Wayne claimed to have heard a woman crying for 20 minutes near where Wood died the night she drowned.
– Well, my son had a digital clock that we had just given him. that's how we kept time, minute by minute, "he recalled.
"And I was on the terrace and I heard a woman scream:" Help me, someone please help me, I'm drowning! "
Wood's co-star in Brainstorm, Christopher Walken, was also on the ship. Witnesses say that Wagner was angry because he and Wood had been flirting all night
Wayne said that she told her boyfriend, John, to try to get to Harbor Patrol, which she could not do. All the time, she said she continued to ask her son for the time.
"So we had a minute-by-minute story of the time period and the screaming continued from 5 after 11 to 11.25 and then stopped," Wayne recalled.
Wood's sister, Lana, also said in a recent episode: "I think things got out of control. I know Natalie can press verbally, and Natalie was a very regulative person … She could not stand much of what she felt was harmful to her.
"I think it intensified to a point where she was hit or pushed in. I do not think it was planned.
"I do not believe in any of those strange stories, but I know that she would not have ended up in a place where she would never go in a million years or she certainly would not come out dressed.
"There's just too much that does not equal who Natalie is."
The broken wine bottle she referred to was discovered on the ship the day after Natalie disappeared.
The coroner's report showed that Wood suffered multiple lacerations and a head injury
According to the Davern version of events, Wagner crushed him with jealousy because he had been watching Walken and his wife flirt and get along.
The group had previously gone to dinner on Catalina Island, where Davern claimed that Wagner was angry to see his wife and Walken getting along at the bar.
Back in the Splendor, the fury grew and finally resulted in an angry fight between Wagner and Wood in his room, Davern said. Walken was in his own room at that time, he said.
Wood and Wagner remarried in 1972 after divorcing ten years earlier. His first marriage lasted from 1958 to 1962. They are shown in 1972
Lana believes that the discussion was due to her sister's desire to return to work after having children of the couple.
She thinks Natalie & # 39; finished & # 39; with her marriage and she was ready to ask for a divorce.
& # 39; The continuous fights; the sudden impulse that she wanted toward her career; his feeling that the children were old enough and given a sufficient basis to go to work.
& # 39; There is jealousy involved. It is particularly difficult for a man who has a wife who is better, "he said.
Dismissing her ex-brother-in-law's claim that Natalie ventured alone in the water, she explained that she would not have dreamed it because she could not swim and was terrified of drowning.
"I was terrified that the water went back to when I was little and Natalie was a teenager and my mother was continually telling the story of the gypsy who told me about my mother's fortune in China, who said she would have a world famous daughter. someone would die drowning.
"It terrified Natalie even more, who was not exactly a water buff as she was … My mother never learned to swim either.
"Natalie never learned to swim," he said.