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Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood

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An A-List Hollywood actress vanishes from a yacht and her body washes ashore the following morning. Her leading man husband — and a legendary actor who accompanied them on a pleasure cruise — claim she accidentally fell overboard. But questions — terrible ones — linger. A brutal argument. A skipper who overheard violence. A coroner who’s ruling of "accidental drowning" is overturned — and Los Angeles homicide detectives who are still running the case to ground almost four decades later. Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood is a 12-part audio documentary series that will break new ground on Hollywood’s most enduring murder mystery involving showbiz icons Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken. With new evidence that suggests a larger conspiracy, investigative journalist and host Dylan Howard and his team of investigators will attempt to crack open the case that has eluded authorities for nearly four decades — before time runs out. Series premieres on 7/20/18 – on the exact day that would have been Natalie’s 80th birthday.

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14 Episodes
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Natalie Wood has grown profoundly unhappy in her marriage to Robert Wagner in the years leading up to her suspicious demise — a death for which cops have labeled R.J. a “person of interest.” Now, the Oscar winner’s close friends and sister – as well as experts and investigators who have probed her case – open up about what they see as both a prelude to her divorcing Wagner — and a motive for him to do premeditated murder. In this bonus episode, we examine evidence and whether it supports that conclusion, as Wagner makes a series of strange and otherwise inexplicable decisions that end tragically with Natalie’s death.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Robert Wagner deceiving the public when he says Natalie Wood's death was an accident? Thirty-seven years after the Oscar winner’s inexplicable demise, the question lives on with the same vigor as when it was first asked—and the main person of interest continues his stonewalling. Now, we come as close to an answer as the world may ever come. In two explosive, face-to-face exchanges—one with a reporter from our investigative team and another with Natalie’s still-grieving sister, Lana—the Hollywood star is asked, point-blank, “Did you kill Natalie?” You’ll never believe his reply. Or the results of a lie detector test, performed by one of the world’s foremost experts. We also hear shocking final statements from those closest to the case who believe Natalie’s death was no accident and was, in fact, murder.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With the probe into Natalie Wood’s death officially reopened, shocking new details are made public as speculation mounts about what truly happened that night -- and her husband, Robert Wagner, is officially named a “person of interest.” In this episode, we look at how possible bungling by the coroner and the police — notably the mishandling of key witnesses and crucial evidence — impacted the initial investigation. We also explore how a fresh examination of the severe bruising on Natalie’s body and the emergence of new witnesses from the night she vanished forced detectives to take a closer look at the first investigation’s faulty findings.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CHAPTER TEN: NEW EVIDENCE

CHAPTER TEN: NEW EVIDENCE

2018-09-1400:30:0817

Dennis Davern — the skipper of Natalie Wood’s death yacht — has made a dramatic escape from the virtual house arrest under which Robert Wagner placed him following the starlet’s suspicious demise. Nearly two years pass, but Dennis remains haunted by that night. Finally, he places a call to a good friend — author Martin Rulli. Dennis is finally willing to tell the truth and revise the statements he made to police. What he said, related here and accompanied by new and world exclusive details, including how he passed out Quaaludes to all aboard, will blow open the case into Natalie’s disappearance and lead to homicide cops to reopen the matter and ultimately name Wagner a person of interest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With his wife, Natalie Wood, dead, Robert J. Wagner desperately tries to control the public narrative of what happened aboard the death yacht, The Splendour, lawyering up and coaching his boat skipper Dennis Davern on what would become his official version of events. Now, in a stunning first person account, Davern opens up about those bizarre and sinister days immediately following the tragedy — dramatically explaining how Wagner held him hostage in his estate with the help of bodyguards and a complex system of magnetic door locks.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE COVER UP

CHAPTER EIGHT: THE COVER UP

2018-08-3100:27:1614

Natalie Wood is dead — her body washed ashore off California's Catalina Island. But very quickly — perhaps too quickly — the sordid episode is deemed an accident and her husband, Robert Wagner, permitted to move on. Now, "Fatal Voyage" probes the evidence for proof of the cover-up, sinister and sprawling, that many in the know say shut the lid on the death investigation before it could even get moving. Who was to blame? The answer to this question — everyone from the coroner, to the cops, Frank Sinatra and even then-President Ronald Reagan — is truly shocking. Did Ol’ Blue Eyes threaten both the original Coroner and a potential witness in order to keep them quiet … and RJ safe?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CHAPTER SEVEN: THE NIGHT OF

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE NIGHT OF

2018-08-2400:27:2824

After confiding her plans to leave husband, Robert Wagner, and failing in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to flee via seaplane, Natalie Wood begrudgingly returns to the Splendour. It was a decision she would not live to regret. Now, in world exclusive interviews, the harbor master and lifeguard on duty describe the chilling moment they recovered the legend’s lifeless body — and a stunning new ear-witness comes forward to recount having heard anguished screams – “Somebody please help me, I'm drowning!” – coming from The Splendour at the same time Natalie vanished from the boat! This the beginning of the end for one of Hollywood’s most storied actresses … but was it murder?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CHAPTER SIX: THE NIGHT BEFORE

CHAPTER SIX: THE NIGHT BEFORE

2018-08-1700:22:5517

Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and her latest co-star, actor Christopher Walken, are moored off the shore of California's Catalina Island on the yacht, Splendour. But envy-stricken Wagner's behavior grows erratic — so much so a "petrified" Natalie begs the ship's captain, Dennis Davern, to take her ashore in a dinghy. Once there, she confides her plans to leave her husband Wagner and desperately flee by way of a sea plane. But her efforts to secure a plane are stymied. Instead, she and Davern return to the yacht — and Natalie's final day of life commences back on board. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Natalie Wood reunites with her first love, Robert Wagner, following her second divorce from director Richard Gregson — and more than a decade after she discovered Wagner rendezvousing with another man. Now, in a world exclusive interview, the starlet’s sister, Lana, recreates the bizarre family dinner at which Natalie reintroduced her first hubby to both her and their parents - plus the chilling reason she gave for reigniting their already failed affair! Meanwhile, Natalie, herself, provides additional insight into why she inexplicably did what she did in passages from a never-before-seen-or-heard diary exclusively obtained by this podcast. Finally, Natalie returns to show business after a hiatus in a move that will seemingly fulfill the fateful words she told Lana at the family dinner.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Robert Wagner - all-American boy-next-door or conniving manipulator who’d stop at nothing to achieve Tinsel Town fame and fortune? That is the question we answer by charting the actor’s rise to stardom, as well as examining the havoc such obsessive pursuit left in its wake. As his first marriage to Natalie Wood - some would say one of convenience - lay tattered, Natalie attempts to carry on with her “Splendor in the Grass” costar Warren Beatty. But the devastation left by Wagner - and the end of her romance with Beatty - prove too much, and result in a harrowing suicide attempt recounted here in vivid detail by her sister, Lana. But Natalie emerges stronger than ever from the near-fatal episode and finally takes control of her life.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (32)

Kathy Marie

I’m going into this podcast with no idea what the story is. I’ve never heard of any of it. But I’m so intrigued.

Apr 12th
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Wendy Manning

Wow!! I was only 6 when she died, so I binge listened to the 13 episodes, this was EYE OPENING TO SAY THE LEAST!!! THANK YOU!!!

Mar 18th
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Miguel R

what happen? did the podcast get silenced by the powerful movie star? waiting to listen to more!!!!!

Jan 28th
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Justa Schiessler

Chapter one

Oct 18th
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Justa Schiessler

Charger

Oct 18th
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Janice Leger

I ordered good by Natalie good by Splendour, it's a great book got it from my library... there is no question in my mind what happened to Natalie Wood .....Wagner is getting away with murder...

Oct 9th
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Christine Linardon

Yeah, she could have "gone out partying", what? In a dinghy? In her nightie? Pull the other one Big Head. What an ego that man has, dishonest to everyone and himself. Stunk as an actor anyway. But excels in every aspect of his psychopathic nature...

Oct 8th
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CJ Sanders

great podcast very informative...

Sep 21st
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JStone

I just saw brainstorm the other day.

Sep 20th
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lisa collins

I am highly skeptical of this reporting and how witnesses have changed their story years later. I feel like they are grabbing at straws for profit

Sep 17th
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Brandon Kyser

This podcast is awesome! I hope they will do more like this in the future

Sep 17th
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Rainee Chapman

Question, is this podcast bias? I don't want to be directed on to one side when this is the first time I would be hearing about this case in depth.

Sep 16th
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RosAnna Burton

Mothers should always be there for their children, she is responsible for Natalie demise

Sep 14th
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Danielle Benoit

hi. i have to tell ya, i look so forward to these pod cast on natalie wood. i get excited for friday fatal voyage pod cast! lol. ill be sad when its over. great job !

Sep 7th
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Samantha Sanders

i think it is sad and if u ask me, it doesnt take a forensic degree to deduct that if three people go out on a boat and only two come back, then one of them knows something they arent being truthful about.......?

Aug 29th
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jeff brown

didnt listen

Aug 18th
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Victoria Capone

enjoying the information about my favorite actress. I truly think there was more to the walken-wagner idea. I think she caught him with a man again.

Aug 17th
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Jamie

I always thought Robert Wagner murdered Natalie Wood.

Aug 17th
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Zura H

I'm all about this, I think he so did it, like Lana I wish he'd fess up already

Aug 17th
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Danielle Benoit

i love this. i have listened to all 6 episodes twice. cant get enough! more pls!

Aug 17th
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