Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour

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Open Road Media, Apr 1, 2014 - True Crime - 390 pages
The shocking true crime story of a beloved Hollywood star gone too soon—told by the captain of the boat on which Natalie Wood spent her last night. 
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 failing Natalie tormented 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’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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User Review  - AngelSReed - LibraryThing

The truth about Natalie Wood's Death. I was amazed by this book! The hard work, dedication and secrets kept. Dennis was a brave, loyal, friend/employee of the Wagner's. My heart goes out to this man ... Read full review

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A book that finally acknowledges the truth about what happened to Natalie. I have nothing but compassion for Dennis in his loyalty and long suffering for his dear friend Natalie. Read full review

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The Call
Sunday November 29
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 31
Chapter 32

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
The Weekend and Funeral
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 10
Interviews Authorities and Lines
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 12
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
A Voice for Natalie
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41
Chapter 42
Chapter 43

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About the author (2014)

Marti Rulli has been a lifelong resident of New Jersey. For thirty-five years, she has been employed in executive positions for newspaper corporations, commercial printing companies, and magazines. She runs her own advertising business and has been a freelance writer since 1972.

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