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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour: Natalie Wood case timeline that was cut from the published book

At the “Advance for Nurses” Web site (http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Article/Historic-Trauma-Cases-Natalie-Wood.aspx) Natalie Wood is considered a historic trauma case, and her autopsy is used as an example. Although this timeline was cut from the book (not by my choice), the authorities never presented one.
The site includes the information from Coroner Noguchi that Natalie’s jacket had dragged her down. The timeline is straight from the website we are not connected with: ironically, it includes information the lead detective in the case told me was fabricated information: that there were scratch marks on the dinghy. Detective Rasure told me that the coroner fabricated the scratches to match the coroner's theory.
The Web site, however, offers a timeline the officials on the Wood case had never put together. The dinner hour may be slightly off, but the remaining hours are accurate.
Timeline of Natalie Wood’s Disappearance (All Times PST)
Sat., Nov. 28, 1981
4 p.m. Wagner, Wood, Walken and Davern drink at the bar in Doug’s Harbor Reef restaurant in Two Harbors on Catalina Island
5 p.m. Quartet moved to the dining room for dinner
10 p.m. Party returns to Wagner and Wood’s yacht, the Splendor
10:45 p.m.–12 a.m. Time during which Wood is believed to have gone missing
11:05 p.m. Time woman on yacht 80 yards away from the Splendor tells police she heard a woman screaming
11:25 p.m. Time woman on nearby yacht says the woman’s screams stopped.
Sun., Nov. 29, 1981
1:30 a.m. Wagner calls the restaurant and asks the manager if Wood is there
2:30 a.m. Restaurant manager alerts harbormaster that Wood is missing
2:45 a.m. Harbormaster meets with Wagner on the Splendor
3:25 a.m. Wagner concedes the Coast Guard should be called in
5:30 a.m. Splendor’s dingy found about one mile from the yacht with oars inside and scratch marks on one side
7:45 a.m. Wood’s body found about 100 yards from dinghy
8:00 a.m. City of Los Angeles coroner is called

The timetable fit Dennis’s story to the minute.

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