The “Today” show opened their Friday broadcast with the news that the L.A. County Sherrif’s office is reopening the 30-year-old accidental drowning case of Natalie Wood. The reason why their opening the case is that Dennis Davern, who captained the boat Wood was on when she drowned after somehow falling off the deck, says he has new information that would seem to implicate that Wood’s husband at the time, Robert Wagner, has something to do with it.
David Gregory, subbing for Matt Lauer, interviewed Davern, who seemed to not get the point of why he came on the air, dodging Gregory’s questions and not explaining what the new information is. Those answers came when Gregory turned to Marti Rulli, who co-wrote a book with Davern about the incident. It’s an awkwardly fascinating interview to watch, and it leaves the viewer wondering what Davern’s motivations — besides promoting a book — were for coming forward so long after the incident happened.
Watch Natalie Wood’s boat captain talk to the “Today” show: