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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.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Two chapters of the book concern the polygraph tests, and Temple said that Davern and co-author Marti Rulli accurately wrote about the results.

Huffington Post article link

Natalie Wood Case: Captain Who Claims Robert Wagner Silenced Him Passed Polygraph Test

When I first met Howard Temple, I knew from the first moment that he was a no-nonsense man. I was a bit intimidated, but then realized he was exactly the type of man I wanted for Dennis's test. He scrutinized every detail, would allow NO interpretation of facts, and I was confident we were in good hands. I had no idea the media would be contacting Mr. Temple.


  1. I was most fascinated by this HuffPo passage:

    In the months after Wood died, Temple said that Davern "was controlled by Robert Wagner." He lived in Wagner's home, spoke to the actor's lawyers and didn't leave the grounds without a bodyguard.

    Is this covered in your book as well?

  2. RDHorgan,

    Yes, I do cover Dennis's relationship with Wagner in the aftermath of Natalie's death, all the way up to the point their relationship ended in 1985.

    Not only was Dennis asked to not leave the Wagner house without permission and a bodyguard, he was given specific instructions on what time to return to the Wagner house each night. One night, Dennis wanted to stay the night at his girlfriend's house, and ended up being physically removed from the house to be returned to Wagner's house against his will. Needless to say, but I'll say it over and over again, Dennis was afraid.

    Some people suggest that Dennis is a disgruntled employee, which is absurd, especially 30 years later. Dennis wanted to get away from Wagner a lot more than Wagner wanted to be done with him. But it served Wagner to keep Dennis as close as possible.

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  4. The statute of limitations in California for involuntary (& voluntary) manslaughter is three years, which corresponds with how long Wagner then maintained a close relationship with the captain. Creepy.

    I definitely need to read your book.