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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.
©2009 Marti Rulli (P)2009 Phoenix
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By brock on 03-04-13

Cheap and tawdry tale

I think this book is kind of a cheap shot not respectful of the survivors and with a focus to be sensational and a meretricious shot at fame. I kind of felt dirty after reading it, as if I had intruded into someone's life by accident. Nuff said.

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By Phyllis on 09-26-09

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 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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By Andrew A on 05-28-11

If you remember Natalie Wood, This will shock you.

This is a well written book, I can remember when the news broke of Natalie Wood falling overboard and the mystery of how she became to be in the water. Even at the age of 15, I wanted to know what had happened to such a beautiful lady. 30 years later this book reminded me that my questions remained unanswered. I was not prepared for what was told, although unbelievable and could itself be a Hollywood plot, only three people were on board at the time. This is the story of what one of those people witnessed with no reason to lie. Once you have heard what they have to say you will be shocked.

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By Larraine on 03-15-11


I found this book lacking in interest,information and quite boring.
Found the writing very poor and lack lustre.

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