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Police reopen investigation into Natalie Wood’s drowning

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Now, if you read that headline and thought, "Who?" I'm going to need you to go watch Rebel Without a Cause. Or West Side Story, which just came out on Blu-ray after all. Or the TV version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Or… you know what, I don't know if I can help you. The point is: Natalie Wood was a very, very famous lady who drowned back in 1981 under what many people considered very, very strange circumstances. And when I say strange, I mean Christopher Walken was there. (I think that ups any situation's strangeness factor by about a zillion points.)

Oh, and also some people wondered if maybe her famous actor husband, Robert Wagner, actually killed her. The official story, until now I guess, was that Wood drank too much and fell into the water while trying to get into the dinghy of the couple's yacht. Both Wagner and Walken refuse to speak about the evening, but it looks like they might have to. Police in L.A. are reopening the investigation of the incident after new comments from the ship's captain:

"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," [Captain David] Davern told NBC News' David Gregory. "I did lie on a report several years ago."

He added, "I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report."

… When pressed by Gregory, Davern said he believed Wagner had intentionally kept the investigation into her death low-profile. And when asked if he thought Wagner was "responsible" for Wood's death, Davern said, "yes, I would say so. Yes."

Of course, responsible can mean many things; even Wagner once wrote that he blamed himself for Wood's death. My gut — which is a frequent consultant for the LAPD — tells me this probably won't go much of anywhere. But there is one extremely important thing to remember about all this: Christopher Walken was there. Sorry, I just cannot get over how weird that is.