And that’s likely the reason law enforcement was never able to pursue charges against anyone. With out some kind of evidence of foul play, not merely suspicion, how can they prove that Natalie was murdered and didn’t just drown? And while some question why Walken would hire an attorney if he had nothing to hide or worry about, I think he’s being prudent and making sure he doesn’t get somehow railroaded in a 20+ year investigation. The same holds true for Robert Wagner; how would any of us act if we were suspected in the death of a loved when because there just wasn’t any evidence?
Is it plausible that Natalie Wood simply had too much to drink and got too close to the edge of the boat? Sure it is, it wouldn’t be the first time someone fell off a boat, drunk or not. However, that doesn’t answer the suspicious circumstances- the witness (Marilyn Wayne) who says her boat was anchored nearby and she heard a women screaming for help; why Robert Wagner didn’t call for a rescue boat the instant he thought she was missing, etc…. Instead there are reports that Wagner said of Natalie’s disappearance “We thought she was off on another boat screwing around because that’s the kind of woman she is.” Really, you’re on a boat and somehow your wife managed to get on another boat in the middle of the night to screw around? That’s why there are so many questions and suspicions. Natalie Wood may very well never get justice, or we may never know fully what happened to her that night with Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken.