Saturday, June 16, 2012
This video is not available on YouTube. Hopefully you will be able to view it here at my blog, as although it was made for YouTube, it was put up for private viewing only. I'm sharing it because I think the high school students who created this video as a combined class project did a great job. It was made by students who had invited me for a question and answer session regarding Goodbye Natalie Goodbye Splendour in December 2011. The session combined a history class, an English class, and a forensics class, probably over a hundred students attended the session. It was an interesting afternoon, and I commend the students for their genuine interest in Natalie Wood.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/king-coroner-natalie-wood-death-confidential This National Enquirer article includes some accuracies and some errors. Ironically, but not surprisingly, many witnesses from the weekend Natalie died have always told varying accounts. Some have said the water was rough (including Wagner), and some have said the ocean was calm. Some say there was loud partying into late night, and others claim it was a quiet, slow holiday weekend. Some say Wagner was frightenly drunk and others claim he drank little. Some have said Natalie was in the dinghy alone, and others say differently. A coroner says she was weighed down by a down jacket, but others know that's not likely. It is differing accounts such as these, as each person's recall varies and tends to create further questions, which makes it so difficult to gather facts. Thus, in a professional investigation, what occurs is that the investigators listen to all the varying accounts, sort through what can be proven accurate or not, and then what is left and what is reasonable becomes the logical deduction, especially in a 30 year-old case. Because Natalie was so famous, some people want in on the historical event of her mysterious death simply to be a part of it. All I can do is smile when I read lines like, "after months of rampant speculation, the case was quietly closed." The many things needing to be sorted out relating to Natalie's death ARE being sorted. And now Noguchi is back. I wish I had known what I know about him now before GNGS was published. Dr. Lyndon Taylor, my "Island source" witness who was moored near the Splendour the Thanksgiving weekend of Nov. 1981 is the best of the best of them, in every scientific and intellectual way possible, in providing data surrounding the case. My "party of four" witness, Dennis Davern, who spent the entire weekend amongst all that transpired, and passed a certified polygraph test for his account, are the two people worth their truths and facts in this sensationalized, tragic event. I'm glad I trusted these two and believed them. While I presented others' accounts, it is the accounts of Lyndon Taylor and Dennis Davern which remain most valid. I'm glad the truth about the weekend Natalie perished is available in GNGS.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I had never seen this interview until tonight. There had been such a media frenzy last Nov. 18th and we had been thrust into the middle of it so quickly that we didn't want to say anything that might hurt the case. This interview is all Dennis, as he was being interviewed by certain reporters in Florida while I was in New York.
We didn't know the LASD was going to give a press conference as quickly as they decided to, so I learned about the announcement on Thursday night, Nov. 17 around 8 pm, and was told to get prepared to leave for NY at 3 AM. While waiting to leave, my phone rang constantly. Reporters from as far away as Japan were calling, and they weren't just calling me -- they were calling my neighbors on the street, asking them to bang on my door!
While all this was transpiring, our spokesperson and I couldn't get in touch with Dennis, who had turned his phone off for a good night's sleep. He had early work, but other plans were in the works. I was unable to sleep at all before being picked up about 3:30 am and driven off to NY, but at least I had time to shower and prepare while trying to wrap my head around the media explosion. On my way to NY, I tried calling
Dennis constantly to no avail.
What happened was, a car was sent to Dennis's house and they banged on his door until he answered around 6 am. He was told to not shower, not shave...just brush his teeth and get into the car as a studio camera was waiting for him about a half hour away. By this time, I was in the green room at the Today Show, hoping Dennis had learned about what was going on. I did not want to interview without him, but under the circumstances, it might've worked out better, because Dennis had already talked with the detectives, as had I, but we hadn't talked with them about what we should or shouldn't reveal. We did not want to interfere with the task they had undertaken. Yet, we didn't want media running away with the breaking news and getting facts wrong. But, that would definitely happen in the long run.
Dennis appeared unprepared and not freshened-up on the Today Show because there had been no time. I sounded weary on the show because I hadn't slept in 24 hours. I would not sleep until that night in a NY hotel room after interviewing at 6 different studios that day and also giving several phone interviews inbetween. I was beat with no sleep for almost 40 hours by the time I checked into a hotel, and then had to wake up at 5 am for two shows the next Saturday morning on the 19th. My family barely heard from me as all this was happening, but I did text home occasionally to say, "This is insane, but I'm okay!" It truly was a whirlwind, and I couldn't believe it was happening. On that Friday afternoon, at an Entertainment Tonight interview, they filmed me watching the press conference announcement that officially told about Natalie's case being reopened. It was surreal.
When Dennis says in this interview "it wasn't my idea to reopen the case -- they called me" he is being honest about that. When I had prepared documents for the LASD, Dennis had been cooperative but never believed anyone would take us seriously. They did, and after they did, Dennis was stunned, relieved, and ever so grateful. In this interview, he is more relaxed than he was at the break of day on Nov. 18, 2011 being thrust in front of a camera and told, you're on in 45 seconds (for the Today Show), and I believe this interview was from the same day.
The Natalie Wood case is still being investigated. Hopefully, we will hear later this year what is being uncovered.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/06/04/barry-watson-natasha-gregson-wagner-welcome-daughter-clover-clementyne/ Congratulations to Natalie's daughter Natasha and Barry Watson on the birth of their baby girl, Clover Clementyne, a name inspired by "Inside Daisy Clover" (Daisy would've been a cute name, too, but Clover is so different: good choice), AND congratulations to People Magazine for keeping this brief announcement of the birth about nothing more than the birth.