The first dispatch of the new year relating to the re-opening of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department investigation into the 1981 drowning death of actress Natalie Wood has turned out to be a sloppy piece of Web reporting.
AccessHollywood.com published a report late this afternoon headlined “Natalie Wood Investigation a Cold Case.” But the permalink for this item now points to an update in which the outlet seemingly clarifies that by “cold case,” the LASD did not mean the re-opened investigation had been tabled.
Author Marti Rulli, whose excellent tome Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour was the trigger for some critical sworn statements submitted to the LASD, had angry words tonight for Access Hollywood. Blogs Rulli:
I received many notices tonight of an article published by Access Hollywood claiming that the Natalie Wood case was transferred to a cold case file, further stating the reopening of the case in November 2011 had been nothing more than a publicity stunt to promote my book Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour.
My book was not written, published, or promoted as a publicity stunt ever. Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour contains the truth and the facts about what happened the weekend Natalie Wood died, and facts in the aftermath of her case being closed in 1981. The media does not always get the story right…
At this point, the most salient new piece of information will likely be confirmation of if, when and how Robert Wagner and-or Christopher Walken have been questioned by the LASD.