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She told Matt Lauer that the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department had alerted her the case was going to be in the spotlight again and that she was nervous about it: “I’m scared, I’m nervous, I’m happy, I think. I’m so ambivalent, it’s almost like having to relive her death again.”
Natalie Wood, then 43, mysteriously disappeared from her yacht, Spendour, in Nov. 1981. She was on board with husband Robert Wagner and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken. At the time, authorities ruled her death an accidental drowning, but many have questioned the events of that night, including her sister and the yacht’s captain, Dennis Davern, who more than a year ago were both calling for the department to reopen its investigation.
Lana Wood said on Today, “I have spent the last 30 years preferring to believe that everything was simply an accident. It’s been easier that way and I think easier for a great many people although a lot of things didn’t add up and I was always concerned about various things that were said.
“You want to think the best, you want to think what’s easiest and kindest to believe.”
She said Davern had contacted her frequently about the incident over the years, “He had called me many years ago very upset, crying, obviously had been drinking and unburdening himself.
“Little bits and pieces had always filtered over to me. There were so many things that were always bothering me.”
When asked if she believed the captain’s theory that Wagner was involved in the death, Lana Wood replied, “Unfortunately I do.” She added about Davern, “I’ve never known him to lie. He certainly never has to me.”
Though she backed the reopening of the case, Wood admitted she was not sure she wanted to know the outcome, “I’m so frightened of hearing things I don’t want to hear. I would like to be told that everything is exactly as they said.”
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