It was a sunny morning in southern California, and officials were desperately searching the ocean around Santa Catalina Island. Hours before, the movie star Natalie Wood had disappeared from her luxury yacht, and the race was on to locate her. When authorities spotted a body floating in the water, however, the grisly find kickstarted a mystery that continues to haunt Hollywood to this day. And while decades have now passed since Wood’s death, crucial information about the incident continues to emerge. In fact, one key witness in the case has even gone on to reveal some dark new details about that fateful night.
Naturally, news of Wood’s passing dominated headlines around the world, while a story as good as any movie plot unfolded behind the scenes. For starters, a number of sinister rumors had begun to spread. Why could nobody give a clear account of what had happened that night on board the Splendour? And what role had Robert Wagner – her allegedly jealous husband – played in the tragedy?