Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour

  • by Marti Rulli, Dennis Davern
  • Narrated by Lindsay Johnson
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour is the long-awaited, detailed account of events that led to the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood off the coast of Catalina Island on November 28, 1981. It is a story told by a haunted witness to that fateful evening: Dennis Davern, the young captain of Splendour, the yacht belonging to Wood and husband Robert Wagner. Davern initially backed up Wagner's version of that evening's events through a signed statement prepared by attorneys. But Davern's guilt over having failed Natalie termented him. Davern reached out to his old friend, Marti Rulli and little by little, at his own emotional pace, he revealed the details of his years in Wood and Wagner's employ, of the fateful weekend that Natalie died and of the events following her death that prevented him from telling the whole story - until now.

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Waste of time and money

Having been a huge Natalie Wood fan and always feeling there was "more to the story" I looked forward to reading this......what a mistake! Almost 12 hours of a man who claimed to know "the truth" deciding to tell ALL.....no, wait, I can't. Okay, now I'm going to tell it ALL....no, wait, I can't. It's so horrible......I'm going to tell all.....no, wait, I just can't. BORING! I kept reading thinking that there must be something that made this book worth publishing but no. No smoking gun, no payoff, just hours of innuendo and veiled suggestions that Robert Wagner is responsible for his wife's death.
Save your time and money. This might have made a decent magazine article but a book - no.

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- Judy G.

good read -

I always thought the whole incident smacked of murder. I don't believe it was premeditated but I do believe RJ was guilty. Drinking and ego are a deadly combination. I don't believe RJ's version. Wealthy people and famous people do not do these kinds of things for themselves...no way she was trying to secure the dingy or was taking it out for a ride herself. Why wouldn't she ask Dennis to do it? I see many similarities to how things were handled and how he behaved to O.J.
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- Phyllis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books