Friday would have been actress Natalie Woods 80th birthday, if not her tragic death in 1981 at the age of 43 years would have been. On this occasion, American Media Inc. has released the first two episodes in a 12-part podcast series, Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood who tries to answer whether or not a foul is to blame.
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Wood's death was originally interpreted as accidental drowning, but the actress's fear of deep water; contradictory statements of other passengers; and unanswered questions about how she ended up in the water along with the dingy thing of the yacht, have long aroused the suspicion that something more sinister happened. In 2012, a year after the reopening of the investigation, the coroner changed the autopsy to "Drowning and other specific factors". These "other specific factors" are described in more detail in the first episode of Fatal Voyage. According to Ralph Hernandez, a murder detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, bruises found on Wood are consistent with the fact that they were the "victim of an attack" and not, like that Original autopsy suggested trying to climb back aboard the yacht.
"The fact is that we have a lot of information about what happened that evening," Hernandez says in the first episode. "We have a lot of evidence that points to a very suspicious death and would certainly indicate the possibility of a foul."
The podcast is moderated by Dylan Howard of AMI, who is present with a small team of investigators In the files of the last seven years As the company's Vice President and Chief Content Officer, he oversees Us Weekly, OK !, Star, The National Enquirer, Globe, The National Examiner and RadarOnline.com.
It's worth noting Howard's own latest tabloid story. First, the Australian-born executive and investigative journalist was described in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker article detailing Harvey Weinstein's attempts to silence allegations of sexual assault; The piece alleged that Howard, while editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer sent a reporter to expose derogatory information about a woman who accused Weinstein of rape, and then Howard to the film producer , (Howard said he seeks this information as part of "due diligence before entering into a business relationship with Weinstein.") This controversy was followed by reports that Howard himself was accused of "sexually-charged behavior" former employees and co-workers. Howard told the AP the allegations were "groundless".
While Howard's personal and professional history may lead some to pass on the podcast, his description of Fatal Voyage is expected to be a dramatic thriller full of shocking – and sometimes mocking – new details. In addition to interviews with law enforcement agencies and dozens of Woods family members and friends, the Podcast Wood will be listening to itself in previously unpublished interviews and excerpts from their unpublished memoirs.
"Did Natalie jump, did she move out, was she unconscious before she went overboard, or was she bumped, and if so, by whom, and why?" Howard hinted in an interview Us Weekly . "It's a hellish story, forbidden affairs, twisted lies, and murder …. And in the end, the listener can decide what happened to the ultimate screen siren … and who was responsible for her death. "