Natalie Wood was an iconic American actress with a storied career spanning from 1943 to 1981, starring in films such as West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause.
She was met with an unfortunate demise in 1981 when she drowned while with her husband, Robert Wagner, on his yacht on a weekend boat trip to Catalina Island. Her death was ruled an accident, but many people believe that something more sinister took place.
Conspiracies of foul play began with a series of conflicting witness statements that make it seem like Wood was killed deliberately by her husband or the other passengers on his yacht.
There is even an investigation going on to this day that names Wagner as a person of interest. Keep reading on to learn ten bizarre conspiracies and facts about the mysterious death of Natalie Wood!
10 Wood Was Heavily Intoxicated
The story of Wood’s death began as many accidents do — with alcohol. Wood and her friends aboard the yacht stopped for a late-evening dinner complete with champagne on Catalina Island.
When leaving the restaurant, the restaurant owner said that he didn’t feel comfortable allowing the group to go, fearing that they might not safely make it back to their boat.
Nonetheless, the group drunkenly returned to their boat shortly before Wood’s subsequent death and disappearance.
9 She Went Missing Late At Night
None of the other passengers noticed Wood had disappeared until after 11:00 pm, more than half an hour after returning together from the restaurant.
Her husband Robert was the first to discover that she went missing and quickly found that she was no longer on the yacht. The group began to search for her and called the coast guard at 3:30 am.
The timeline of the events creates a lot of room for conspiracies. For example, why did they wait four hours to call the Coast Guard?