The demise of film megastar Natalie Picket 4 many years in the past continues to fascinate the media and now the “Dr. Phil” display has joined in, webhosting the yacht skipper who now claims Picket was once murdered and Picket’s sister who accuses her ex-brother-in-law, actor Robert Wagner, of doing it. 

On November 29, it’s going to be 37 years since Picket, the Hollywood kid star-turned-Oscar-nominated actress, died at age 43 in a mysterious drowning off the coast of Santa Catalina, the preferred excitement island within the Pacific southwest of Los Angeles. 

Wagner, Picket and their good friend, actor Christopher Walken, sailed to the island within the couple’s yacht, Splendour. Picket disappeared from the yacht below instances that stay murky.

Hours later, her frame was once discovered, clad in a flannel nightgown, crimson down jacket and blue socks, floating within the Pacific a couple of mile clear of the yacht.

Her demise was once first of all dominated unintended drowning; in 2012, it was once modified to drowning plus “undetermined elements.”

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Division has been attempting for many years to pin Picket’s demise on Wagner, now 88, via periodically re-opening their investigation, labeling the demise “suspicious,” and calling for eye and ear witnesses to return ahead.  

In interviews Thursday and Friday on his display, host Phil McGraw talked to 2 acquainted faces from the Picket saga: Dennis Davern, the person in most cases known because the “skipper” of the yacht, and actress Lana Picket, 72, Natalie’s sister.

A body seize from a First Coast Information broadcast in Nov. 28, 2011, Dennis Davern, former captain of the boat actress Natalie Picket was once on simply sooner than she drowned in 1981. (Photograph: First Coast Information)

Davern, who first of all instructed police Picket’s demise was once an twist of fate, now’s pronouncing he believes it was once homicide. “You imagine Robert Wagner murdered Natalie Picket?” McGraw requested him on Friday. “Sure, I actually do,” Davern mentioned. 

Davern instructed McGraw he heard Picket and Wagner have interaction in a noisy battle that night time and when it grew quiet he went on deck to search out Wagner status by myself. Wagner instructed him that Picket was once lacking, and when Davern recommended calling for assist, Wagner blocked him from doing so. 

Later, he mentioned, Wagner urged him at the tale they might inform to police: That she should have slipped and fallen into the water accidentally.

Lana Picket has lengthy been suspicious of that tale and of Wagner’s conduct at the yacht that night time; on Thursday, she instructed McGraw that Wagner has “one thing to cover.”

“Are you suggesting that he knocked her out and threw her within the water?” McGraw requested. “One thing like that, completely,” she mentioned. 

She criticized the unique investigation into Picket’s demise and stays indignant at “RJ,” as Wagner was once identified, for proceeding to refuse to speak to detectives about it.  

“The one explanation why may also be is that he has one thing to cover. Differently, why wouldn’t you communicate to the police?” Lana Picket instructed McGraw. “Why wouldn’t you assert ‘Inquire from me the rest, after all.’?” 

Lana Picket has made an identical accusations up to now. In July, she seemed on “Megyn Kelly Nowadays” to discuss the tragedy. When Kelly requested her if she thinks Wagner murdered her sister, Lana Picket mentioned, “Sure.”

Wagner has lengthy denied murdering his spouse, and mechanically declines to remark when the case is introduced up within the media or via sheriff’s detectives. 

His rep, Alan Nierob, instructed USA TODAY that Davern and Lana Picket will have to be shamed. 

“They’re despicable human beings, capitalizing at the unintended demise of a loved member of the Wagner circle of relatives,” Nierob mentioned. “They will have to be embarrassed about themselves.”  

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Nearly 4 many years after the tragic demise of Hollywood megastar Natalie Picket, investigators divulge there’s a new individual of passion within the case: her then-husband, Robert Wagner. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has extra.


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