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Natalie Wood's Sister Says She Thinks Robert Wagner Killed Her

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Thirty-seven years after the mysterious drowning death of Natalie Wood, her sister Lana Wood says she thinks Robert Wagner killed the actress.

"I know exactly what happened from what Dennis [the boat's skipper] has told me," Lana Wood told on Megyn Kelly on Wednesday morning.

"They had a fight, they had a bad fight, Dennis said it sounded like furniture was being thrown around and he knocked on the door, RJ [Wagner] opened it a little bit, said 'mind your own business,' so Dennis then left," Lana continued while a guest on "Megyn Kelly Today." Natalie Wood posing for the camera © TheWrap natalie wood "He went outside, turned up the music because they were being so loud, and started walking towards the back of the boat. When he turned that corner, RJ was standing there. Dennis asked, 'where is Natalie?' and RJ said, 'she's gone.'"

When Kelly asked whether she thinks Wagner murdered her sister, Lana Wood said, "yes."

When contacted by TheWrap, a spokesperson for Wagner said he had no comment. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) leave the church holding hands just after their wedding, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images) © Jack Albin/Getty Images Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) leave the church holding hands just after their wedding, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images) Lana Wood went on to tell Kelly that Wagner's story — that the "Rebel Without a Cause" actress heard a dinghy banging up against the side of the boat and probably went to go fix it when she fell into the water and died, seemed unlikely.

"I don't know that I ever believed it," she said. "I wanted to believe it, because if I didn't believe it, it would be something very ugly." Natalie Wood © AP Photo/File Natalie Wood She added, "the dinghy is rubber and you can't really hear much when it bangs on the side and that's why they had a skipper on board, to do all of those things. If that had been the case, she would've called for Dennis."

Lana Wood also said that her sister was "terrified" of water and that it was a downright "phobia of hers that had haunted her since she was a teenager." It all stemmed back to her mother who told the kids she had her fortune told by a gypsy, who had said that one of her kids would be known around the world but would later die from drowning. FILE - This Nov. 30, 1981 file photo shows the "Prince Valiant," the inflatable dinghy used by Natalie Wood, moored at the harbor in Avalon, Calif., after it washed up on the rocks on Santa Catalina Island. Patrolmen discovered the actress' body 200 yards off Blue Cavern Point on Catalina Island, 100 yards away from the boat after a seven hour search. Investigators are now calling her husband, Robert Wagner, a "person of interest" in the 1981 death of Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood's death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role (AP Photo/Paul J. Harrington, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Nov. 30, 1981 file photo shows the "Prince Valiant," the inflatable dinghy used by Natalie Wood, moored at the harbor in Avalon, Calif., after it washed up on the rocks on Santa Catalina Island. Patrolmen discovered the actress' body 200 yards off Blue Cavern Point on Catalina Island, 100 yards away from the boat after a seven hour search. Investigators are now calling her husband, Robert Wagner, a "person of interest" in the 1981 death of Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood's death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role (AP Photo/Paul J. Harrington, File) Wood was married to Wagner from 1972 until her death on Nov. 29, 1981, off Catalina Island in California. The then 43-year-old actress was sailing with Wagner, as well as Christopher Walken and Captain Dennis Davern, but was found floating in the water wearing a red down jacket and a flannel nightgown.

After a two-week investigation, the death was ruled as an accident, but the case was reopened in 2011. In 2012, the Los Angeles Coroner's Office amended the death certificate, changing the cause of death to "drowning and other undetermined factors." The autopsy report indicates that there were several fresh bruises on Wood's body when she was found. FILE - In this April 3, 1978 file photo, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood arrive at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Detectives hope the latest round of renewed interest in the mysterious 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood will bring forward new witnesses, but this may otherwise be the end of the investigation, a Los Angeles County sheriff's official said Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Wood was found floating in the ocean during a Thanksgiving weekend yachting trip to Catalina Island with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain. Her death was initially classified as a drowning. (AP Photo, File):  FILE - In this April 3, 1978 file photo, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood arrive at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. © The Associated Press  FILE - In this April 3, 1978 file photo, Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood arrive at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. In February, Wagner was named a person of interest in the case. In 2011, he was named "not a suspect" by the sheriff's department. Investigators said Wagner has refused to speak with them since the case was reopened. There has long been speculation about the death of the "West Side Story" star — at first, Wagner, Walken and Davern told detectives that she took a dinghy and went to shore. Over time, investigators say, Wagner and Davern's accounts shifted. Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at Heathrow Airport in London before leaving to present the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Images Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at Heathrow Airport in London before leaving to present the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) "I want him to tell the truth, and to own what has happened and to be strong enough to do that," concluded Lana Wood.

Lana Wood also discusses the mysterious death of her sister on her new podcast, "Fatal Voyage."

Watch the interview with Kelly above.

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