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Podcast Review: Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood

Today I binge-listened to Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, thirteen episodes and over 5 and a half hours of podcast audio. Natalie Wood was an A-class actress in her day, married to leading man, Robert Wagner. Their love was the stuff of fairy tales! ….Or was it?

In 1981, detectives and the medical examiner concluded that Natalie Wood accidentally drowned, falling from her yacht, Splendour. Robert Wagner, her husband was devastated at the loss. They were deeply in love. He refused to identify the body, sending someone else instead. Ten weeks later, he announced his relationship with Jill St. John, who is still his wife. Questions quickly began to rise about the true cause of Natalie Wood’s death. Were these just stories to sell tabloids in the supermarket? This story hasn’t died in close to 40 years and it includes several Hollywood celebrities, gossip and bisexual scandal!

The production value of Fatal Voyage is well done, each episode with a story arc of its own and ending with a cliffhanger to grips you and doesn’t let you stop where you are. With each clue unearthed, the mystery deepens.

Case Closed?

New interviews with Natalie’s sister Lana, Detective Ralph Hernandez, yacht captain Dennis Davern, Doctor Cyril Wecht, and ear-witness Marilyn Wayne bring up a lot of questions that need to be answered. In fact, detectives re-opened the case in 2012.

So can new evidence really help in a case dating back to 1981? In 2013, the cause of Natalie Wood’s death changed from “accidental death” to “drowning and other undetermined factors.” Robert Wagner has been deemed a “person of interest.” The Academy award-winning actor Christopher Walken, who was on the yacht the night of Natalie’s death hired an attorney.

Celebrity, Politics and Cover-ups!

This podcast series includes celebrity intrigue, including extremely clumsy investigation by detectives at the time and sloppy work by the medical examiner, as well as accusations toward Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan.

If you are interested in listening, search Fatal Voyage in your favorite podcast app.

Have you already listened to the podcast? Do you have an opinion about the case? Let me know in the comments below.

18 comments

    1. Natalie’s sister, Lana, doesn’t believe she drowned anymore. She thinks she was either dead or unconscious when she entered the water. She said that medical examiners say drowning victims always urinate and she didn’t.

      The case was handled so sloppy. The big question, was the sloppiness on purpose?

      (We’ll be moving within a couple of months, just a few suitcases to our name 🙌😃 A much simpler life. We’ve let our jobs know we’re leaving and we’re ready (I think) to work remotely. I have to catch up on everyone’s blogs now!)

  1. Definitely an interesting one where scandal and cover-ups go. Such unsolved mysterious deserve cases to be re-opened, as sometimes new evidence and scientific advancements can uncover things that weren’t seen before. Certainly sounds like an intriguing podcast so thanks for sharing. Hope you’ve been doing okay lovely..xx

    1. Natalie Wood’s sister Lana is the one who has pushed to move forward with this. I would love to see a resolution.

      I’ve been extremely busy with work and with re-locating. We are very close to leaving NYC.

      1. Sounds like busy times indeed. I wondered what was happening on the move front. Wishing you all the best with the preparations, don’t forget to take much-needed time to rest too! xx

    1. Thank you, Nilla! There sure are plenty of questions that need to be answered but probably never will be.

      Thanks about the website. I really wanted a minimalist look!

  2. I remember when this happened. I was just a child, and thought it was a sad accident. Now, I don’t believe it was an accident at all. I think up up until now, Wagner has gotten away with murder. I wonder if that will change.

    1. I don’t think it was an accident, either. I’m not sure, though, if this was a planned murder or something done in the moment… The podcast is so well done.

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