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A place to update and discuss facts surrounding the controversial, tragic death of legendary Hollywood film actress, wife and mother, Natalie Wood who drowned mysteriously Nov. 29, 1981 off Catalina Island. Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Thank you One and All. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year!

Last two reviews of 2009 at Amazon for Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour

Dec. 31, 2009, “Cepet” left a review at Amazon of Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour and gave it 5 stars. (Thank you, Cepet):

Cepet’s review:
Well written. The way the authorities and investigators handled this case is sickening. I will never look at Walken and Wagner the same again. They need to realize that "truth will set them free" and fess up to what really happened that horrible night.

Dec. 28, 2009: “Nonnavecchia” (Ann) gave GNGS one star in her review at Amazon.
Ann’s review:
For me this book went nowhere and not even fast. Dennis Davern appears to be a parasite who can't even get his act together enough to give a straight forward accounting of an incident he witnessed first hand. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME! Enough said!

My response: Ann, thank you for taking the time to review GNGS. I must tell you, this saga went NOWHERE and not even fast for me, too, for many, many years. I am grateful, however, that FINALLY, Natalie Wood has a voice because everything is GNGS is true and written with honesty and integrity, and I was doubly objective because of my friendship with Dennis Davern.
Getting Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour published was quite a journey, and on this last day of 2009, I thank everyone involved and who supported the effort for Natalie Wood. Oh, mistakes were made along the journey, but none that compare to the grave mistake made on the night of November 28, 1981.

Following are the two comments that were left after Ann’s review by two other readers: Gampy and LoraC, thank you.

Comment by “Gampy”
For me, the investigation into Natalie's death is what went nowhere and went nowhere fast. How one can call Davern a parasite, which is discussed over and over at these reviews, astounds me. He was a young guy when employed by the Wagners and from what I read and believe, worked since his teenage years to his present day business ownership. The parasite, in truth, is Wagner who is responsible for his wife's death yet reaped all of HER hard-earned fortune. This is an unfair review, and I felt I should comment on that to suggest readers decide for themselves. This book is a labor of effort and deserves so much better than these kind of remarks. Check it out of a library or borrow it. You'll choke on this review. It's so unfair to Natalie who does deserve justice.

Comment by “LoraC”
Here, here, Gampie. My take on this book is that it is the most honest, most unsensationalized accounting ever told of a celebrity tragedy. In a society where fame and fortune trump Truth, I admire the testicular fortitude of the authors and the publisher of Goodbye Natalie. The only people who do not see the honesty in this book are those poor shlubs incapable of distinguishing between cardboard onscreen personalities and the human actors who portray them. Wagner, by his own account in his autobiography, is a shallow, conceited, egomaniac. He says a key moment in his life was when, at 8 years old, he exited a movie theater, crying, and saw the dog that had starred in the movie he'd just watched. Overcome, he threw his arms around the dog, and photographers started snapping pictures. In that moment of supposed emotion, he thought, "Gee, this is pretty good." The moment became ALL about him--as would every other moment of that sociopath's life. He is a consummate fake without a shred of sincerity in him.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Inside Edition Surprised Me About Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour!

Click the heading for the Inside Edition Page.

It didn't air until 1:30 A.M. here in New Jersey, and I stayed up to watch what I expected to be a rerun, but the show was a current episode showing the latest on the Detroit flight terrorist, and then the current Charlie Sheen Scandal about him holding a knife to his wife's neck in Aspen on Christmas Day, and then the show kept the domestic violence theme going with a whole new version of Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour segment than the first time a segment about the book aired.

This time, they MENTIONED the book (last time they hadn't...they just showed it). Inside Edition this time tried to get a comment from the Wagner court, but of course, the Wagner court would offer no comment.

They showed more of Dennis's interview, and less of Lana's... and really gave the book a decent plug. I vigorously applaud Inside Edition's courage in airing this segment again, and for adding to it. Domestic violence is something celebrities experience, too. They have PR people who can usually sweep episodes of marital discord under the rug and keep it from the public. Tiger Wood's wife probably smashed in that car window in anger, not in an effort to save Tiger. His face was probably bruised from her as much as from the car accident. Tiger Woods couldn't keep it hidden because of the accident.

Charlie Sheen probably did hold a knife to his wife's throat and maybe she'll recant her story she gave to the 911 operator, but it's out there now. As quoted from Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour, "Celebrities sometimes do bad things, and we cannot continue to feel as though it is our faux pas to call them on it."

Inside Edition recognized this, and aired again the previous segment about Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour with more serious attention to what this book entails. Natalie Wood's death needs the professional attention it has never received. Please sign the petition if you already haven't.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Inside Edition - News

The segment with Lana Wood and Dennis Davern airs tonight.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Holidays

I took this photo this morning from the side of my house after 2 ft. of snow blanketed most of New Jersey over the weekend.  Everyone is busy with the holidays, and in the Northeast we were snowbound on the busiest weekend of the year, the last weekend before Christmas. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. Thank you to everyone who has been in GNGS's corner, and for all of the continued support. I thank each and every one of you who took the time to sign the petition for Natalie, and I look forward to a good New Year and wish you all a healthy, happy, peaceful and bright New Year.
I will post news about GNGS as it occurs, and am hoping to announce something important in relation to GNGS within the next few days. Again, thank you! Hope you enjoy the season!
Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Barnes & Noble Book Signing

Marti Rulli at Hamilton Marketplace Booksigning

Book Signing a Success

The Barnes and Noble signing went well. Many shoppers stopped to talk about the book with me and many walked away looking forward to reading GNGS and/or to giving the book as a gift to people they know who were and still are a fan of Natalie's. Everyone I spoke with remembers Natalie and said how shocked they were to learn of her death that long ago weekend. Many younger readers asked questions about Natalie and I was more than happy to tell them all about her.
One woman stopped by with her 8-year old daughter and told her daughter that the woman on the book cover was who they had just watched in "Miracle on 34th Street" and the young girl was fascinated.
Susan, the store manager told me that the book had been being purchased all week long and that someone had come in to purchase 10 copies just the day before. I truly appreciate the support. I will be doing three book signings in January and will soon post the dates. Thank you!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Booksigning Tonight, December 18

I will be at the Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Marketplace, Rt. 130N, Hamilton, NJ (Trenton) signing Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour books between 7 PM and 9 PM tonight.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Information about Dennis Davern's Polygraph Test

It has been brought to my attention that several questions about Dennis's polygraph test have arisen. For those who question the validity of Dennis's test, I can only assure you that I rested the decision to pursue publishing Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour on Dennis's test results. I always believed Dennis, but I would have questioned publication had he failed his polygraph test. He didn't fail. We didn't have questions asked more than once, either, to get reults "wanted" -- we wanted professional results, and that's what we got. We wanted a topnotch polygraphist and we found that in Howard Temple! I found Howard after some research into trustworthy and highly recommended polygraphists. To question Dennis is one thing, but to question Howard's professionalism is out of line.

The reason Dennis's questions were "issue formatted" is because it is such a complicated story we took to the polygraphist that he strongly recommended the issue-related format to ensure accuracy in his testing.

When we first met Howard, I got the impression that even he was leary of what we sat there explaining to him. He seemed flabberghasted, and I thought, not ready to believe us, and I think he suspected Dennis might fail. After our first visit, Howard asked only three questions of Dennis on the polygraph machine, as we didn't have enough time to delve into the long and winding list of questions we had planned. Howard was convinced when a nervous Dennis passed each question. Dennis was nervous. Afer all, he had never taken a polygraph and his concern was that the machine might not register his truth. Who wouldn't be nervous?

Howard gained confidence in us, and when we returned a few weeks later for Dennis's full test, Howard spent hours with us scrutinizing every word of every question, making sure there was no room for interpretation. Dennis's results left no question in Howard's polygraph-experienced, professional  mind that Dennis was telling the truth about all we discussed with Howard.

Then, after Robert Wagner's book was released and Wagner does admit in it to having smashed the wine bottle in anger, but chaged the dynamics of the scene (removing Natalie from it altogether, and the wording of what he actually said when he smashed the wine bottle) we again, at our own expense, paid another visit to Howard.  In fact, Robert Wagner did accuse Walken of "wanting to have sex with Natalie" although Wagner screamed the word sex with a replacement four-letter word, and Natalie was in the main salon when this outburst took place, protecting herself from the shattering glass, too. The bottle smashing is the exact reason that antoher argument broke out in their master stateroom.

Howard Temple has all of the expertise, knowledge, career, and credentials required to have administered Dennis's polygraph test and we are honored to have had him take on our case. Even polygraphists sometimes say, "No!"

Make no mistake about it, Dennis will take another polygraph for any authorities or media interested in administering it, polygraphist of their choice! When you are telling the truth, polygraph tests are not scary. Sure, you might get nervous, but you are willing to prove your truth when you are telling the truth. Polygraph results are inadmissible in most courts of law, although most investigators use them at some time or another, so we believed it crucial for Dennis's test results to be included in Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour.

Here is a website where you can read a little more about our valued polygraphist, Howard Temple. (Again, thank you, Howard. We will always be grateful for your scrutimy and expertise.)


Also, if you have any questions about Dennis's polygraph test, you may ask them here in comments and I will answer.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Interview with Phoenix Publishing

Phoenix Publishing has an updated website with several featured books, Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour included.  Please see the new blog that includes an interview about GNGS. 


Township honor

Pictured (L-R) Deputy Mayor Dave Leutwyler, Mayor Dancer, Author Marti Rulli, Committeeman Eric Sorchik, Committeeman Mike McCue and Committeeman Steven Reed.

Last month, on November 4th, our township mayor, Ron Dancer, invited me to the township meeting and presented me with a certificate of recognition for GNGS. I thank the township for this honor that means more to me than I can express. To be recognized by the town I've resided in for the past two decades is a special thing, but mostly, I am proud that everyone at the meeting was genuinely interested in GNGS, and I so appreciate their thoughtful gesture to present me with a beautiful plaque for my efforts to shed light on a
28-year old mystery.